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

Release: Immediate

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.

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