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UI sponsors videoconference on race relations in higher education

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Race relations in higher education is the focus of a live, interactive videoconference to be held on the University of Iowa campus Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The national satellite videoconference, "Race Relations in Higher Education: A Prescription for Empowerment and Progress," will be from noon- 2 p.m. in the Illinois Room (348) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public. A discussion session will follow the videoconference from 2 to 3 p.m.

Sponsored nationally by the journal Black Issues in Higher Education, the videoconference is being co-hosted by the UI Office of Affirmative Action, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Opportunity at Iowa, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Finance and University Services and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Leading national strategists on diversity will lead a discussion about the state of affirmative action on college campuses and what colleges and universities can do to promote diversity in the face of challenges to affirmative action programs. Participants will also examine why a diverse student body and workforce are critical to higher education.

The videoconference is designed to appeal to diversity coordinators, administrative and legal professionals, as well as students and other individuals interested in affirmative action.

National panelists will include: Christopher Edley, Jr., professor of law at Harvard University and political strategist; Sumi Cho, attorney and instructor at DePaul University; Juan Francisco Lara, access and equity policy specialist and assistant vice chancellor at the University of California, Irvine; Katya Gibel Azoulay, assistant professor of anthropology at Grinnell College, and Stanley Fish, professor of English and law at Duke University.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action in advance at 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text).

11/12/97