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CONTACT: NADEJA WESLEY
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

SAFEWALK offers training for volunteers Sept. 13 and 15 at IMU

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- SAFEWALK, a student-run volunteer organization that provides a walking escort to the students, staff and faculty of the University of Iowa, is seeking UI students to become members of the campus escort team. Training sessions for interested students will be Sunday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The training session will familiarize students with the daily operations of SAFEWALK, as well as provide volunteers with opportunities to gain valuable knowledge about sexual assault issues.

SAFEWALK was founded in 1993 by a group of undergraduate residence hall students interested in offering students an alternative to walking home alone at night. In 1995 SAFEWALK relocated to the UI Women's Resource and Action Center and received funding from the UI Student Government.

"SAFEWALK is a great way for students to walk home safely during the week because the IMU is still open for those students who may be studying late," says UISG executive officer Jess Villanueva. "Volunteering is a good way for students who are not familiar with the university to learn more about the campus."

Tom Chiesa, UI student senator for off-campus housing, describes SAFEWALK as "an excellent way to make a big campus community feel safer."

The program operates Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To request a walking escort, call 353-2500.

For more information about becoming a SAFEWALK volunteer, contact Nadeja Wesley at 353-2500.

9/10/98