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Release: Nov. 12, 2001

Raheim to discuss welfare to work through self-employment at Nov. 17 Saturday Scholars

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As federal and state governments decrease and eliminate support for welfare programs, former recipients are faced with the challenge of finding work that accommodates their skills and their family obligations. For some women, self-employment is an attractive option, but they often need additional training for a successful launch.

Based on her professional experiences evaluating self-employment training programs for low-income women, Salome Raheim, associate professor and director of the UI School of Social Work, will present, "Lessons on Empowerment: Listening to the Voices of Entrepreneurial Women," on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall. This is the last presentation in the Saturday Scholars series, presented by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The session will last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Raheim will tell the stories of a group of women who participated in a microenterprise training program. The narratives reveal two kinds of life experiences that eroded their sense of self-efficacy and control over their lives and two kinds of experiences that served as catalysts for positive change. The presentation will explore why the paths to empowerment vary by person and context and why interventions designed to help people gain more control over their lives must address both internal and external factors.

Raheim's teaching areas include social work practice in organizations and communities and cross-cultural practice. Her scholarship focuses on microenterprise and economic empowerment, especially with low-income women. She has studied many state and federally funded self-employment and microenterprise development projects, including the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Self-Employment Demonstration Project, the Self-Employment Investment Demonstration Program, the Family/Self-Employment Training Project, and Iowa's Entrepreneurial Training Project. Raheim's work is published in both social work and microenterprise development journals.

In a preview of her Nov. 17 presentation, Raheim will be a guest on "Iowa Talks," WSUI AM- 910, on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Additional information is available at http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/alumni/saturday_scholars/

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