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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: May 15, 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 summer discussion and support groups, including the following:

-- Interracial Intersections Discussion Group, The Women's Resource and Action Center is pleased to offer a NEW group this summer. Interracial Intersections Discussion Group will provide a safe space to have open, honest discussions about personal, familial and societal issues related to being involved in an interracial relationships and/or being a person who identifies as being multi-racial.

"The group is designed to provide a supportive, friendly community to explore differing perceptions of participants in interracial relationships as well as societal and familial perceptions," says Group Services Coordinator Laurie Dix. The group will provide a means to build an extensive resource base and connect with others in the community. Men, women and couples are welcome.

Interracial Intersections Discussion Group will meet at the Women’s Resource & Action Center on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm from June 5 through August 7 (group will NOT meet on July 3 and 10). Participants must join no later than June 12, and must pre-register before attending. There is no charge for group participation, but there is a suggested donation of $10 for the entire group. The group is open to women, men, and couples, but space is limited, so call the Women’s Resource and Action Center at 335-1486 now to reserve your spot in the group.

-- Motherless Daughters, a support group designed for women who have lost their mothers, will meet at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street, on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 23 to
June 27.

"The purpose of the group is to allow women to voice 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 to find creative ways to continue along a healing path."

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

-- Single Moms Support Group, a drop-in support group designed to help women cope with parenting on their own, will meet at the Center on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 3 to August 12.

"This group fosters open discussion and support to help women build on their strengths," says Laurie Dix, group coordinator. "The goal of the group is to reduce isolation and build community among women."

Childcare will be available for group members who request it by the Thursday before each meeting. Call (319) 335-1486 to register.

-- Women in Touch will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 11-July 16. This six-week discussion group will give lesbian and bisexual women the opportunity to reflect on the impact of sexism and homophobia in their lives.

Designed by Affirmations: Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center in Detroit, the group sessions include: early childhood experiences; body image; friendships, dating, and relationships; intimacy; sexuality; and the lesbian/bisexual women's community.

The group's main goal is to empower bisexual and lesbian women to learn from one another. "Women in Touch allows women who might not have affirmation in other areas of their lives to come together each week and help each other grow," says the group's facilitator. To register, call (319) 335-1486.