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Registration underway for annual Diversity Conference at IHCC

Feb 22, 2017

OTTUMWA — The keynote speakers have been chosen and the breakout sessions are being put together for the 13th Annual Diversity Conference at Indian Hills Community College next month.

The one-day conference will take place March 10 in St. John Auditorium on the IHCC Ottumwa campus.

This year’s keynote speakers will be former Los Angeles Times photojournalist Don Bartletti (“The Roads Most Travelled: Migration for Survival”), as well as author and advocate Joan Becker (“Sentenced to Life: The Mark Becker Story – Mental Illness, Tragedy & Transformation”).

Bartletti will share touching pictures and real-life stories of the Central American people and families he has gotten to know throughout his time as a photojournalist, including the decisions made by them and how it resulted in migration for survival.

Becker’s story includes an unimaginable tragedy when her son Mark shot and killed Ed Thomas, the Aplington-Parkersburg football coach, in 2009. She will share the family’s story about Mark and the experience they had of coping with his paranoid schizophrenia in the hope that it will help others understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving the mental health system.

A number of interesting and pertinent breakout sessions with a variety of topics to choose from also will be offered.

Early registration through March 1 is $30, with early student registration $5.

After March 1, regular registration is $40 and student registration is $10.

Area K-12 students are exempt from the fee. Email Ashley.Albertson@indianhills.edu for more information on how to register a K-12 student.

Lunch is included with all registrations and will be catered by Market On Main.

For more information about the event, visit www.indianhills.edu/diversity.

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