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Release: Nov. 12, 2001
Raheim to discuss welfare to work through self-employment at Nov. 17 Saturday
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
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/
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 335-2610.