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Release: Dec. 4, 2001

Student government holds childcare roundtable talks

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) has announced that it will hold a roundtable discussion on childcare issues as they affect UI students at noon Dec. 6 at the Latino-Native American Cultural Center (308 Melrose Ave.).

The roundtable talks are the first in what is expected to be a series of monthly discussions sponsored by the student government, says Nick Klenske, UISG president. The topic of childcare is being addressed now because the UISG feels "it is important to start looking at what the UI and UISG can do to help with childcare costs, in light of the increasing costs of education," Klenske said. The talks are also an element of the New Deal for Students, a UISG initiative that presently embodies 10 ideals to help students afford education, Klenske said.

"I see my role as just opening up a discussion to give students an opportunity to brainstorm" and create ideas that can be improved, Klenske said, adding that students' comments on the issue will be compiled into a report and presented to UI administrators.

Attendees of the roundtable are expected to include administrators, graduate and undergraduate students, especially those UI students with children, Klenske said.

The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information about UISG's New Deal for Students, visit www.uiowa.edu/~uisg.