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2012.04.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey- University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: scasey@unomaha.edu

Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is May 11

Omaha - The 14th annual University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is Friday, May 11. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Swanson Conference Center on the Metropolitan Community College campus, 5370 N. 30th St.

The day will begin with registration, networking and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m.

Willie Barney, president of the Empowerment Network and publisher of Revive! Omaha magazine, will lead the symposium, which starts at 9:15 a.m. His presentation is titled "Reducing Community Violence."

Launched in September 2006, the Empowerment Network works collectively to improve the economic progress and quality of life for African-Americans, North Omaha and the Greater Omaha area. The goal of the Empowerment Network is to transform Omaha into a great city, thriving and prosperous, in every zip code, where citizens are actively engaged and have full access to: employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, world-class education; high-quality, mixed-income housing options; and, support services to build strong and healthy families.

During the luncheon at noon, the 2012 Gandhi Award will be presented. The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award, presented annually since 1996, honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action – which are consistent with social work values. A panel discussion will begin at 1:45 p.m., and will be moderated by UNO adjunct professor A'Jamal Byndon.

The cost to attend is $15 for the symposium and luncheon, or just the luncheaon, payable at the door. Scholarships are available for social work students to attend the symposium. To register visit http://www.unomaha.edu/gandhi/registration.php online, or contact Jean Beda at jbeda@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2793. 5.5 CEUs are available for attending the symposium.

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