CONTACT: VERA L. DORDICK
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
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 program sponsored by the UI Office of Affirmative
Action. The 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 eight weeks, beginning
in February. 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.
Currently groups are available Wednesday mornings, 8 to 9:30 a.m.; Monday
or Tuesday lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday afternoons, 4 to 5:30 p.m.;
or Wednesday evenings, 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 can contact Diane Finnerty at 335-0705.
The sign up deadline is Jan. 19.