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University of Iowa News Release

March 23,2006

Women's Center Offers Groups Beginning In Late March And Early April

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will offer a variety of new support and discussion groups beginning in late March and early April. All groups are open to the public, and meet at WRAC, 130 N. Madison St., in Iowa City.

--"Grieving: When Someone in Your Life has Passed On" is designed to provide a supportive environment for participants to share their thoughts, feelings and emotions about the death of someone in their life. The group will discuss issues of loss, change, and how the healing process impacts individuals' lives. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., beginning March 28.

--"What Are You? Exploring Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Identity" is a new group designed for undergraduate students to discuss multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faith/religious and multicultural issues related to identity, relationships, friendships, family and adjusting to college life. Participants will discuss ways to celebrate identity and challenges in creating their own identities. The group will meet on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning April 3.

--A new conversation group, "Wives and Husbands of International Students," is being offered to provide an opportunity for spouses of international students, recent immigrants and refugees, who speak a language other than English as their native tongue, to develop proficiency in English. The group will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in the United States as well as their culture. The group will meet on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., beginning March 29.

--"Feeling Anxious?" is a new support group designed for women and men in college who have experienced anxiety in the past, or who are currently experiencing it. The group offers an opportunity to come together and discuss anxiety and ways of coping with it, by interacting and connecting with peers, and learning to identity and recognize stressors/triggers as a first step in managing anxiety. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., beginning March 29.

--"A Mother's Influence: Relationships and Identity" is a new support group offering participants an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of relationships with their mothers and how they have influenced, and continue to influence, them. Topics will include identity, culture, body image, intimacy, sexuality, relationships, communication and creating one's own path. It will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning March 29.

--"Destination - Balance: Crafting and Achieving a Life of Equilibrium" is a new group focused on the questions: What does a "balanced" life look like? If you can envision it, how will you achieve it? The group will address these questions as well as outline the importance of achieving balance. Activities will include small group discussions, short journaling activities, and an informal group project in which the group will build "Balance City." The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning April 4.

--"Centered Self" is a group for women and men who feel they have been unable to take "me time" due to the daily stresses of life. Group participants will identify barriers to self-care, explore and share a variety of self-care techniques, and use this hour each week to take a "time-out" from their hectic schedules. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning March 28.

Pre-registration is required to attend these groups, and all are open to the public. While there is no charge for participation in either group, there is a suggested donation of $10 for the entire run of the group, to help cover the center's costs in providing them.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Center at 319-335-1486 or visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

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

CONTACT: Stefanie Greenberg, 319-335-1486, stefanie-greenberg@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon