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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2004

Women's Center Offers Training For Project Volunteers, Others

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering training this fall for its volunteer programs.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14, with an orientation session from 6 to 9 p.m., new volunteers will be trained as group facilitators to lead support and discussion groups at the center as WRAC project volunteers, and as members of Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS), the center's social activism volunteer program. The session will take place at WRAC, located at 130 N. Madison St. in Iowa City, directly across the street from the Iowa Memorial Union.

WRAC's support and discussion groups offer participants opportunities to explore, change, learn and heal. All groups at the center are facilitated by trained volunteers and supported by a center staff member. Facilitators are needed for such groups as Dealing with Grief and Loss, Coming Out, Gender Puzzle, Sister to Sister, Women and Popular Culture and many others. Group facilitators receive a total of 15 hours of training between Sept. 14 and 25.

For the complete schedule, call 319-335-1486. The training is open to students, staff and faculty of the university, as well as members of the community. All are welcome.

WRAC project volunteers engage in a variety of activities through the center, including hands-on projects such as re-furbishing rooms in the building, planning and carrying out educational events such as last spring's "Beyond Cinco de Mayo," and assisting with large-scale WRAC-sponsored events such as the Iowa Women's Music Festival. WRAC project volunteers will receive a total of eight hours of training beginning Sept. 14, as well as ongoing support. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule. The training is open to students, staff and faculty of the University, as well as members of the community. All are welcome.

IWIS, which is now in its seventh year of activism, is a volunteer group providing training to undergraduate college women on direct action, policy work, and educational campaigns for social change. Past IWIS projects have included revision of the UI sexual assault policy, public forums on welfare reform and Iowa's 2010 strategic plan, coordination of Iowa City's "Take Back the Night" rally, and training in video and TV media as a social change tool. IWIS members can also earn college credit for their participation in the program, and will receive a total of 17 hours of training beginning Sept. 14. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule.

Space in these volunteer training programs is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the training. To register for training, for more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, call 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: (IWIS) Julia Wangberg, 319-335-1486, julia-wangberg@uiowa.edu; (Group Facilitation) Stefanie Greenberg, 319-335-1486, greenbe3@aol.com; (Projects) Kristen Gast, 319-335-1486, kristen-gast@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon