CONTACT: MONIQUE DICARLO
or VALERIE GARR
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
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.