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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 5, 2005

Diversity Programs To Share New Home In Phillips Hall

Two University of Iowa units dedicated to recruiting and supporting underrepresented minority students -- Opportunity at Iowa, which serves primarily undergraduate students, and the Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion in the Graduate College -- will move over the winter break to new space that better suits their needs and those of the students they serve. Michael Hogan, UI executive vice president and provost, says the move will also generate more opportunities for synergy between the two units.

"This is an important step in following through on our commitment to diversity," said Hogan. "We want to focus and build on the strong foundation these programs have established."

Opportunity at Iowa currently occupies a small space surrounded by administrative offices on the second floor of Jessup Hall. Its new home, in Phillips Hall, is larger and is undergoing extensive remodeling to create a comfortable study area in addition to staff offices. The space is part of the suite previously occupied by the Career Center, which moved into the new Pomerantz Center last summer.

"The new space will be easily accessible and much more welcoming," said Marcella David, associate provost for diversity and Opportunity at Iowa director. "And the best part about the move is our new neighbors."

The Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion, which will also occupy part of the vacated Phillips Hall suite, was created within the Graduate College last summer as part of the College's ongoing commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minority students awarded doctoral degrees at the UI. The office brings together three highly successful programs: the Iowa Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, the Iowa Biosciences Advantage, and the Summer Research Opportunities Program.

Phil Kutzko, professor of mathematics and director of the Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion, is enthusiastic about the move. "I am impressed with Provost Hogan's vision to create a space specifically devoted to minority education," Kutzko said. "We will have the opportunity to work closely with Opportunity at Iowa in surroundings that reflect the university's deep commitment in this area."

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Marcella David, 319-335-3555, marcella-david@uiowa.edu; Phil Kutzko, 319-335-0758, philip-kutzko@uiowa.edu