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Valdez, Hill to Speak at TWU Cultural Conference Series


DENTON — Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who scored an historic victory in the November elections, and Afro centric educator, writer and activist Dr. Safisha Nzingha Adeleke (Pamela Hill) will be the guest speakers for the Texas Woman’s University Cultural Connections Conference Series scheduled April 8 and 15 on the university’s Denton campus.

Valdez will deliver the keynote address during the second annual Latina Student Leadership Conference, titled “Abriendo Caminos: Expanding the Roads of Success through Guidance, Inspiration and Empowerment,” Friday, April 8. Hill will be the guest speaker for the fourth annual African American Student Leadership Conference, titled “It’s Our Turn: Let’s Refocus, Re-energize and Rejuvenate Our Community,” Friday, April 15.

Each conference will begin with registration in the foyer of Hubbard Hall, located on Administration Drive. Each keynote address luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. in the Southeast Ballroom of Hubbard Hall. Workshops on a variety of topics are scheduled throughout the day, with the conference scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m.

Registration for each conference is $30 for the general public; $25 for TWU students, staff and faculty members; and $15 for high school students. Registration for both conferences is $50 for the public; $40 for TWU students, faculty and staff; and $30 for high school students. For more information, call (940) 898-3679 or visit www.twu.edu/o-sl/intercultural/AAWSLC.html.

Valdez is the first female and first Hispanic to be elected sheriff of Dallas County. She began her law enforcement career as a jailer in a county jail, then took on the same role in a federal prison. She went on to serve as a U.S. Customs agent, where she was one of only seven agents chosen to train officers in selected foreign law enforcement agencies.

She also spent 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of captain.

Valdez serves as a board member of the City of Dallas Civil Service Adjunct Board, the Funding Panel Review of the United Way of Greater Dallas, and is a mentor in the Dallas Independent School District’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. She is a member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the Texas Narcotics Officer’s Association and the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.

Dr. Hill currently serves as the director of education for Scholars Academy (Mwalimu Shule), an African-centered school that is a component of The Act of Change, Inc., Institute of Cultural Arts in Dallas. She also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling Development and Higher Education at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Hill writes a weekly column titled “Speak, Sistah, Speak” for African American News & Issues, a Houston-based newspaper. She is the author of “An Afro centric Perspective Towards Black Student Development: From Theory to Practice.” Future books include “Peace, Power and Blessings: For Sistas on the Journey to Black womanhood” and “Speak, Sistah, Speak: Notes from a Serious Sistah.”

Dr. Hill holds degrees from Langston University, Northeastern State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA).

The Cultural Connections Conference Series was developed to celebrate TWU’s culturally diverse student population and to set an example for others to follow in regard to recruitment, retention and leadership development.

The Office of Intercultural Services is dedicated to providing the university community with educational programs and services that promote an understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity and human dignity in order to support and respond to the needs of underrepresented populations.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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