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CONTACT: MONIQUE DICARLO
or VALERIE GARR
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: monique-dicarlo@uiowa.edu
or valerie-garr@uiowa.edu

Release: Feb. 28, 2000

Women's Center presents 'Sister Connection 2000'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center invites women students of color to participate in "Sister Connection 2000" on Saturday, March 4, on the University of Iowa campus.

The conference will provide a forum for women students at predominately white colleges and universities and high schools to connect with one another, explore opportunities, and hone leadership skills.

Norma Cantú of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will present the luncheon keynote address: "Emerging Issues in Higher Education Facing Women of Color." Elisa Sanchez, president and CEO of MANA, a national Latino organization, will deliver an address titled, "If Not Now, When?"

A wide variety of workshops, film screenings and discussions will be presented throughout the day at the Pappajohn Business Building (21 E. Market St.) and at the Iowa Memorial Union (Madison and Jefferson streets). Workshop topics include developing pro-activist leaders, understanding Affirmative Action, exploring careers, creating financial well-being, developing strategies for improving academic performance, and studying abroad. A panel of senior undergraduate UI students will present "What I Wish that I Had Known."

For a full schedule check the web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac/Sister.html.

The conference is sponsored by the Women's Center with help from the Iowa City community as well as from 15 collegiate, departmental and service offices on the UI campus. "We are proud of this collaboration and believe that this opportunity enhances the University's commitment to students, particularly women students of color," says Monique DiCarlo, director of the Center.

"Sister Connection 2000" is presented in celebration of International Women's Month. Participants are expected from the University of Iowa and from other colleges, universities and high schools in the region.

The $10 fee for the conference includes lunch. Some scholarships are available. To register for "Sister Connection 2000," or for more information, please call (319) 335-1486.