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Feb. 5, 2007

Careers For Change Series Resumes Feb. 13 With Focus On Homelessness

Students interested in learning about what opportunities await them after graduation will have a chance to meet people working in human-rights related fields during "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

The first talk of the spring semester will be a panel discussion of the issues involved with, and potential solutions for, housing and homelessness. "Housing and Homelessness: Problems and Possibilities" will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the International Commons, Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, located in the Old Capitol Town Center.

Although the program is designed for undergraduates to learn more about careers in social justice and human rights, the series is free and open to UI faculty, staff and the public.

The panelists for "Housing and Homelessness" are Crissy Canganelli, executive director of Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services in Iowa City; Amy Knudsen, interim director of the Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless; and Christine Mullen, chair of the Interim Homeless Overflow Shelter Task Force.

Other topics and speakers for the spring series include:

March 21, 7-9 p.m., International Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre: Laurence Fuortes and Bob Witt, "Serving Vulnerable Populations: The Importance of Health Care." Fuortes is a professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the UI College of Public Health. He has investigated a wide variety of environmental and occupational health concerns. His work focuses on advancing public health and directly serving Iowa communities. Witt is the full-time physician assistant/clinical director for Proteus Migrant Health. His responsibilities include administration, policy formulation, clinical coordination and collaborations as well as providing direct patient medical care to migrant and seasonal agricultural farm workers and their families primarily through outreach clinics across the State.

April 4, 7-9 p.m., International Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre: Tom Good, "Careers in Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Employment." Good is a training specialist II for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. He develops and presents customized training experiences on anti-discrimination laws and diversity appreciation to a wide variety of groups. He has also investigated complaints of discrimination in many different settings, including housing, employment and education. Prior to his work in civil rights, Good was a translator and interpreter with the U.S. Army in West Berlin, Germany, and traveled widely.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or uichr@uiowa.edu.

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa and beyond.

The UICHR is a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Amy Weismann, 319-335-0483, amy-weismann@uiowa.edu; Writer: Jeffrey Block