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CONTACT: LAURIE DIX
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: laurie-dix@uiowa.edu

Release: March 29, 2002

Women's Resource and Action Center offers discussion, support groups

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will offer a series of discussion and support groups, including the following:

-- "Coming Out," a six-week discussion group, on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 10. "Coming out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual is a life-long process," says Laurie Dix, support group coordinator at the center. "The discussion group places an emphasis on education and individual integrity. The group does not pressure members to come out in all areas of their life or follow a script. Members have the freedom to define themselves, their sexuality, and their spirituality in a community that will maintain all confidentialities."

Participants must pre-register for the group. To register and get the meeting schedule, call (319) 335-1486. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested.

-- "Interracial Relationships," a new six-week discussion group on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Wednesday, April 3.

"The group is designed to provide a supportive, friendly community to explore differing perceptions from both participants in the relationship," says Laurie Dix, group services coordinator. Participants will build an extensive resource base and connect with others in the community.

Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. The group is open to women, men, and couples. To register, call the Women's Resource and Action Center at 319/335-1486.

-- Eating disorder support group, a six-week program for women meeting on Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., beginning Monday, April 1.

The workshop is designed to help participants take the first steps towards recovery and/or avoid a recurrence of the disorder. Confidentiality is strictly upheld.

Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. To register, call (319) 335-1486.

-- "The Gender Puzzle," a weekly discussion group on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Wednesday, April 3. The group will explore and investigate gender through video, readings and discussion.

"People of any gender identity and sexual orientation are encouraged to join this exciting discussion and journey," says Laurie Dix, group services coordinator. The group will build trust so that participants can share their stories and experiences in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance.

The group will meet at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street. There is no charge for participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. Participants must pre-register before attending. To register, call (319) 335-1486. Enrollment is limited.

-- "Choosing Life Without Children," a new six-week discussion group on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which began March 28. The group will provide a safe space for open, honest discussions about personal, familial and societal issues related to this life choice.

"The group is designed to provide a supportive, friendly community for people to discuss issues and concerns," says Laurie Dix, group services coordinator. The group is for people who have already made a decision to live without children, as well as for those who are considering it.

Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. The group is open to women, men, and couples. To register, call (319) 335-1486.

-- "Motherless Daughters," a support group designed for women who have lost their mothers, will be offered on Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday, April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison Street.

"The purpose of the group is to allow women to give voice to their concerns and needs as they adjust to life without a mother," says group facilitator Laurie Dix. "Women are encouraged to build support for each other, to discuss ways to handle common concerns and find creative ways to continue along a healing path."

Rebuilding after the loss of a mother is challenging work. Mother Daughters offers support and fosters community for women in that process.

Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. To register, call (319) 335-1486.

-- Self-esteem group, which will meet for six weeks on Tuesday evenings, beginning Tuesday, April 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street. Members will explore how self-esteem and body image develop and focus on improvement.

"Self-esteem affects how we relate with others, what we do and don't do, and how we view the world," says Laurie Dix, group services coordinator. "It is important to look at how our self-esteem is constructed and realize that we have the ability to change our view of ourselves."

Pre-registration is required. Participants must join no later than April 9. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. To register, call (319) 335-1486.

-- "Exploring Spirituality," a six-week discussion group will meet on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning Monday, April 1.

"We are excited to offer this timely new group," says Laurie Dix, group services coordinator. Participants will consider questions such as: Are there rituals that add meaning to our existence?

How can spirituality be a part of our daily lives? How can we feel spiritually connected?

Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for group participation, but a $10 donation is suggested. Participation is open to both men and women. To register, call (319) 335-1486.