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CONTACT: LINDA KROON
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: linda-kroon@uiowa.edu

Release: Aug. 28, 2002

WRAC Offers Variety Of Discussion Groups For Women

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering a number of discussion groups for women this fall. Most of the groups will begin meeting in September. All meetings will be at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street (across from the Iowa Memorial Union), unless otherwise noted. Group participation is free; however, a $10 donation is suggested. Pre-registration is required for some groups. To register, or for more information about any of the groups, contact the Center at (319) 335-1486.

Dealing with Divorce Support Group -- Designed to help women cope with the dynamics of divorce, this six-week group will help women identify and build on their strengths. The goal is to end isolation and build community among women as they cope with this transition. Childcare may be provided. Please call ahead to check availability. The group will meet on Mondays from 7 to
8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 16. Pre-registration is required. Participants must join no later than
Sept. 23.

Wild Succulent Women -- This popular six-week group will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to
9 p.m. beginning on Sept. 17. The group will provide space for women to explore their lives from a different perspective. Participants will explore creative paths to wildness, independence and openness. The group is designed for all women to gain self-awareness of their own succulence based on their families, cultures and childhoods. Participants must join no later than Sept. 24.
Pre-registration is required.

Whites for Racial Justice Discussion Group -- This eight-week group will provide a safe environment for open, honest discussion about race relations. The group will focus on the question: "What can whites do to promote racial equality and justice?" The group will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 24. This is a drop-in group; no registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Heart's Desire -- Become aware of your personal desires and begin working toward fulfilling them. Explore what gives meaning to our lives through a variety of activities including discussion, writing, and reading. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 25. Participants must join no later than Oct. 2. Pre-registration is required; group size is limited to eight.

Gender Puzzle Support Group -- An eight-week, safe and supportive group for people of any gender and/or sexual orientation to come and explore issues regarding gender in society and in their personal lives. Participants will investigate gender issues through film, articles and life experience discussions.

Complete confidentiality is expected from all participants. The Gender Puzzle will meet on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 5. Pre-registration is required; group size is limited to eight.

Eating Disorders — This six-week group is designed for women and men who currently have an eating disorder as well as for those who have experienced an eating disorder in the past. The group's goals are to provide support, to help participants gain better awareness of themselves and to continue their steps toward recovery or to prevent relapse. Confidentiality is strictly upheld. The group will meet Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 23. Pre-registration is required.

For more information in these and other groups, check the Women’s Resource and Action Center website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac .