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2006.04.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Symposium, Gandhi Award Luncheon April 7

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work will host its ninth annual symposium and Gandhi Award Luncheon Friday, April 7.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center.  The luncheon will get under way at noon.

Ako Abdul-Samad, founder and CEO of Creative Visions Human Development Institute, will facilitate this year's symposium, titled "What is America Losing...?"  Alberto "Beto" Gonzales from the Omaha Boys and Girls Club will deliver the luncheon address, titled "The Truth About Gangs."

During the luncheon, the ninth annual Gandhi Award will be presented to longtime Nebraska peace activist Frances Mendenhall for her dedication to using nonviolent methods and her work in peace and justice.

Established in 1996, the Gandhi Award honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action, which are consistent with social work values.  Since 1999, the Gandhi Award has been presented annually during the UNO School of Social Work Symposium. 

"The award luncheon and daylong symposium are excellent opportunities for social workers, youth agency workers, alternative and secondary school teachers, social activists, mental health practitioners and other human service professionals to come together for learning and celebration of our collective commitment to social justice," said Ashlie Hurt, event organizer in the UNO School of Social Work.

On-site registration will be conducted on a space-available basis.  Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota social workers may receive 6.0 CEUs for attending the symposium.  Some scholarships are available for full-time social work students to attend the symposium.

To access the registration forms or for more information, visit the Web at http://socialwork.unomaha.edu/gandhi.htm, or contact Hurt at 402.554.3057 or ahurt@mail.unomaha.edu.

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