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Oct. 3, 2005

College Of Education Marks 'Coming Out Week' With Events Oct. 10-14

The University of Iowa College of Education will continue its tradition of marking National Coming Out Week with a series of events and activities Oct. 10-14.

Sponsored by the College of Education Diversity Committee, the events are being organized to honor the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Equality. All events are free and open to the public.

"Once again we are proud and excited to offer programs that promote awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the classroom," said organizer Joy Moel, a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program and graduate assistant to the college's Diversity Committee.

The events, which all take place in the E.F. Lindquist Center, include:

Monday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 14 -- Bibliography listing in the Curriculum Library, second floor of North Lindquist Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Resource table with materials for future educators and information regarding the LGBT civil rights movement, Curriculum Library, second floor of North Lindquist Center. Free cake while available.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. -- SAFE Zone Training, Jones Commons. Educational workshop for faculty, staff, and students regarding the GLBT experience, focusing on developing a more inclusive campus environment and campus/community resources. After completing this workshop, participants will receive a SAFE Zone symbol that can be displayed in their work or living space.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m. -- Jones Commons. Speakers' panel from United Action for Youth. High school youth will share their personal experiences and discuss how people can take personal inventories to better understand their own attitudes about themselves and GLBT individuals and groups. The panel presentation will close with a question-and-answer session. 

For more information, contact Joy Moel at joy-moel@uiowa.edu

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