• Liz Huntley to speak at UWA’s “Making It Matter” forum

    Posted: August 18, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    A new teaching forum series at the University of West Alabama will kick off Thursday, Aug. 25, with speaker Liz Huntley. "Making It Matter" will be held at Bell Conference Center on campus at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, particularly area educators.

    Dr. Debbie Hildreth, assistant professor of instructional leadership and support, is the forum facilitator.

    Huntley is an experienced litigation attorney who practices in the areas of banking & financial services, consumer law, business litigation, and products liability. She is a committed child advocate and provides legal and consultation services to governmental and non-profit agencies that serve children and families. Her childhood tainted by poverty and other difficult challenges, Huntley has become a well-known child advocate in Alabama.

    She serves on several boards, including Leadership Alabama Board of Directors, Children's First Foundation Board of Directors, Children's Village Board of Directors, Alabama School Readiness Alliance, and Project Gear, of which she is president and co-founder.

    Huntley also serves as a motivational speaker to various groups and organizations where she challenges audiences to adopt her "no excuses" philosophy. She recently published her personal memoir More Than A Bird,  which recounts her childhood journey from unimaginable darkness to radiance.

     Huntley earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law and Psychology Review, and now serves as Vice-Chair of the law school's Board of Trustees for Farrah Law Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where she serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

    The teaching forum series is sponsored by the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education's Center for Excellence in Teaching and by UWA CARES (Center for Academic Retention and Enrichment Services), two UWA organizations dedicated to promoting student success.  

    The series is designed to benefit UWA teacher preparation students, UWA faculty who teach courses in the teacher preparation programs, and local or regional K-12 professional educators. 

    Funding for the series is provided in part by the CARES grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

    For more information on the event, contact Dr. Celeste Wheat, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, at cwheat@uwa.edu or 205-652-5418.

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