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CONTACT: MARIA OROPEZA
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

EDITORS: The correct spelling for the group on disabilities is "disAbility," with a lower case "d" and an upper case "A."

WRAC offers variety of discussion groups for women

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering a number of discussion groups for women. Most of the groups will begin meeting in February. All meetings are at the WRAC. To register, or for more information about any of the groups, contact the WRAC by calling (319) 335-1486.

Here is a listing of the groups:

* Asian American Women. This group is intended to provide a supportive environment for Asian American Women to promote awareness while socializing. The group will meet Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 3.

* Beauty Is. This group is for women who feel trapped by unrealistic and unattainable standards for beauty as well as for those who want to increase their understanding of how societal messages are related to self-image and relationships. Learn how to set realistic and healthy expectations for yourself and others. This group will meet Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., beginning Feb. 5 and continuing through March 19.

* Women in Sports. This group is for women who love sports or who enjoyed the challenge, but it's also for those who are shy, and even those who hated sports because they were made to feel awkward and clumsy. Women will explore memories and feelings surrounding sports, women's health and sports, being a student athlete, and other issues. The group will meet from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 20.

* Single Moms. This discussion group is designed to help single mothers identify their strengths and build on them and to develop a community of women to serve as a resource for one another. Specific topics include balancing roles, child-raising techniques, finances, child care, and involvement of the father or donor. Women with diverse experiences and backgrounds are welcomed. The group meets Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at WRAC. New members may join at any time.

* Coming Out. This group explores issues around sexual orientation and is designed as an educational group to explore the joys and concerns surrounding the coming out process. There is no pressure to come out, no "script" to follow, only people talking about themselves, their sexuality, and spirituality. Confidentiality will be observed. The group will meet Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. starting Feb. 11.

* disAbility Group. Designed for women to share their triumphs and tribulations surrounding their "disAbility." The group fosters a sense of community and educates. Persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend. The group meets Thursdays from 7:-8:30 p.m. New members are welcome at anytime.

* Women in Touch. This group is for lesbian and bisexual women to reflect on the impact of sexism and homophobia in their lives. This structured six-week group promotes autonomy and connectivity in the women's community and will meet Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., beginning Feb. 6.

WRAC attempts to provide child care for all its programs, groups, and workshops, through the work of volunteers. To arrange for child care, please call (319) 335-1486, at least one week in advance. WRAC programs, like all University of Iowa sponsored programs, are open to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to participate in any of the programs listed above, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

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