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International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
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Release: May 6, 1999

Nursing College Cultural Diversity Committee to receive Mizuhara award

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa International Programs will present the 1999 Mariko Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding during the international student graduation reception Friday, May 14. The reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge and is hosted by UI International Programs.

This year’s Mariko Mizuhara Award will be presented to representatives of the University of Iowa College of Nursing Cultural Diversity Committee. Members of the committee include chair Laraine Carmichael Nelson, Jill Asprey, Teri Boese, Mickey Eliason, Kathy Keasler, Louise Kruse, Sandy Powell, Annette Scheffel and Elizabeth Swanson.

The award is given annually to organizations or individuals who have gone beyond their normal job duties to promote cross-cultural understanding, appreciation for diversity and cooperation among culturally diverse groups. The award is in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a UI music major from Japan who died unexpectedly in 1992.

The UI College of Nursing Diversity Committee was formed last year, under the leadership of Eliason, to examine diversity issues in the college. The committee was charged with developing a plan for augmenting the sensitivity to and appreciation of diversity in nursing education, practice and research. Specifically, the committee was charged with developing ways of enhancing the diversity of faculty and students. As a result, a number of multicultural displays, events and discussions were held during the 1998-99 academic year, including forums such as "Nursing in Other Cultures," and "Discussions of Holidays in other Cultures."

The graduation reception gives the more than 260 students from countries as diverse as Belgium, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Israel, Iran, Luxembourg and Tanzania who are graduating from the UI this semester a chance to celebrate together. Many international students are often joined by family members who travel great distances to attend the graduation and reception.

Paul Greenough, UI history professor and chair of the Global Health Studies Program, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs, will also address the group. Remarks will be made starting at 12:15 p.m.

UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, call International Programs at 335-0368.