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April 19, 2010


Sac State holds annual peace conference

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Health care delivery in Africa and rebuilding Haiti will be the topics of discussion when Sacramento State hosts its 19th annual Africa/Diaspora Conference, April 29-May 1, in the University Union Redwood Room.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the University’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Pan African Studies Program. The theme this year is “Health, Peace, Security and Development in Africa/Diaspora.”

Keynote speakers and event honorees are Dr. Chinua Akukwe, chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the George Washington University Medical Center- African Health, Security and Development Center in Washington D.C.; and Dr. Michele Pierre-Louis, former prime minister of Haiti and now executive director of FOKAL, a non-profit, grassroots development organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The conference is free for Sacramento State students, faculty and staff. The cost for non-campus attendees is $50. To register, visit

The conference culminates with an Africa Peace Awards dinner and dance 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the University Union Ballroom. Akukwe and Pierre-Louis will be honored along with Rhonda Rios Kravitz, dean of the Learning Resources Center at Sacramento City College and Nunu Kidane, founder and executive director of the Priority Africa Network based in Oakland.

Tickets are $50 for the VIP reception, dinner and dance; and $35 for the dinner and dance. The cost for Sac State students is $25. Tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket Office, 278-4323 or online at

For more information, call Ernest E. Uwazie, CAPCR director, at 278-6282.


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