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Oct. 5, 2004

UI College of Education Celebrates National Coming Out Week

The University of Iowa College of Education Diversity Committee is sponsoring a talk, a film, training and other activities and resources in recognition of National Coming Out Week (NCOW) Oct. 11-15.

NCOW celebrates the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Equality.

"Once again, we are proud and excited to offer programs that promote awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in the classroom," said Rossina Liu, a graduate assistant to the UI College of Education's diversity committee.

The UI College of Education activities, all of which will take place in the Lindquist Center, are free and open to the public and include:

* Monday, Oct. 11 - A resource table with materials for future educators, including information about the latest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) civil rights movement, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the north portion of the Lindquist Center. Free cake will be served while it lasts. Throughout the week, the Curriculum Lab will also maintain a bibliography listing of resources on GLBT issues.

*  Tuesday, Oct. 12 - A screening of the video, "It's Elementary: Talking about Gay Issues in Schools," will take place in room 301 LC from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Kelly Carrell, a GLBT youth specialist from United Action for Youth.

* Thursday, Oct. 14 - United Action for Youth will present a panel discussion of high school students who will share their personal experiences as members of the GLBT community, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Lindquist Center's Jones Commons. The discussion also will cover definitions, taking a personal inventory (understanding where you stand on the issue and the attitudes and ideals you have about GLBT individuals and groups), statistics about the struggles experienced by GLBT youths, how to become an ally to GLBT youth, and a question-and-answer session.

* Friday, Oct. 15 - Safe Zone Training will take place in room N201 from 9 a.m. to noon. Safe Zone Training is part of a campus-wide initiative focused on developing a more inclusive campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, and faculty. Registration is required. Contact Rossina Liu at rossina-liu@uiowa.edu to register.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu. Program: Rossina Liu, rossina-liu@uiowa.edu