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Release: Feb. 3, 2000

First weekly Diversity Dialogue programs for UI faculty, staff begins Feb. 15

IOWA CITY- The University of Iowa Office of Affirmative Action will hold the first in a 10-week series of Diversity Dialogue programs aimed at building community in a university setting Tuesday, Feb. 15. All staff and faculty are invited to participate in the program and interested participants should register by Feb. 11.

Dialogue groups, comprised of persons across various occupations and backgrounds, will meet for 90 minutes once a week until April. Participants will review videos, read articles and participate in interactive activities that focus on diversity, and may include discussion on various issues including disability, age, race, gender and sexual identity. To date, more than 100 persons have participated in the four-year program, says Diane Finnerty, diversity resources coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action.

Groups are scheduled throughout the day to allow for varied work schedules, Finnerty says. Participants will meet at the Iowa Memorial Union and will be informed of a meeting room once they register for the weekly meetings and for one of the meeting times, either 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m.

For more information about the Diversity Dialogue program, please contact Diane Finnerty or Lanese Kwegyir Aggrey, Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 (voice), 335-0697 (text) or diane-finnerty@uiowa.edu