39th Annual Conference on the Black Family, March 15 - 17, 2017

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"Science, Engineering and Technology" (SET) are terms often heard, yet not always fully appreciated. From transportation, to the clothes we wear, even the foods we eat - advances in the fields of science, engineering and technology have allowed 21st century humans to live longer, work more efficiently and generally enjoy the little things in life that we now take for granted. Further, SET has made a profound impact on our family structure. This year's 39th Annual Conference on the Black Family seeks to explore such developments and increase public recognition of how technology affects us all in the theme, "Design 101: Black Families Rising Up!". We will highlight the resilient successful family structures and attributes through a combination of powerful keynote speakers, life changing workshops, and a family/technology awareness fair.

Join us at our beautiful "Home by the Sea", as we celebrate and equip resilient families through renowned keynote speakers, workshops, and fun entertainment and music. The opening keynote speaker will be Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a leading expert in limb regeneration research and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring recipient. The closing keynote speaker will be Isiah Warner, Ph.D., the 2016 Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year. Workshop topics will include drones, 3D printing, fashion/entrepreneurship, minorities in STEM, life skills (financial planning/stress management), minorities in science, a town hall forum, and exhibits from local vendors. HU SET students will amaze you as they present their research at our research symposium. Come and have fun and be entertained/inspired by the choir and student talent show!

This is one conference that will benefit ALL members of the family and our community.

Sign up NOW and be sure not to miss this insightful and influential event!

Event Schedule

Date Sessions
Wednesday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:30PM Reception (by Invitation), University Museum
7:00PM - 9:00PM Opening Session, Ogden Hall (Cato Laurencin, Keynote)
Thursday, March 16 Student Center Ballroom A Student Center Ballroom B
9:00AM - 10:15AM Life Skills (Stress and Financial Management) (Coast Guard) Newport News Shipbuilding HU Alumni Panel
10:30AM - 11:45AM Minorities in Science and Engineering (NSF) Newport News Shipbuilding Informational
12:15PM - 1:30PM Lunch Break (On your own)
1:45PM - 3:00PM Drone Workshop Preparing for Graduate School (Vanderbilt University)
3:15PM - 4:30PM 3D Printing Workshop (Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing) Virtual Reality
5:00PM - 7:00PM Town Hall Forum (HU Debate Team)
7:00PM - 9:00PM 2017 Battle of the States, Ogden Hall (HU Freshman Class)
Friday, March 17
9:00AM - 10:15AM School of Engineering and Technology Student Research Symposium Poster Session
10:30AM - 11:45AM Talent Show (HU Freshman Class)
12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon ($) Student Center Ballroom (Isiah Warner, Keynote)