CONTACT: VERA L. DORDICK
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
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.