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CONTACT: VERA L. DORDICK
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: vera-dordick@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

New UI faculty, staff discussion groups focus on diversity

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faculty and staff at the University of Iowa can learn more about diversity through a new program sponsored by the UI Office of Affirmative Action. The new Diversity Dialogue Groups are small discussion groups in which people have the opportunity to learn from and with each other about varied perspectives and experiences. They facilitate structured discussions using reading materials, activities, current events, and videos to initiate exploration of contemporary diversity-related issues.

Diversity Dialogue Groups will meet once a week for six weeks, beginning in late October. Each group will include from six to eight UI staff and faculty members and will be facilitated by trained individuals who represent racial and gender difference. The composition of each group will be structured to be as diverse as possible to enhance group dynamics and discussion.

Groups are available Wednesdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Monday lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; or Wednesdays , 5-6:30 p.m. Group size will be limited.

Faculty and staff members interested in learning more about the university's Diversity Dialogue Group program may contact Diane Finnerty at 335-0705. Sign up deadline is Thursday, Oct. 13.

10/7/97