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Jan. 25, 2007

WRAC Offers Support And Discussion Groups

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

New groups include:

--"First Generation Graduate Students" is designed to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges of their experiences, while celebrating the choice to pursue graduate studies. Discussion topics may include family issues related to support, communication and understanding; building networks in the community; and seeking and receiving guidance en route to one's goals. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 6.

--"Mixed: An Identity Crisis?" is designed for individuals who identify as mixed, bi-racial and/or multi-racial. The group will offer a space for participants to come together to discuss issues pertinent to their identities and their communities. Beginning Jan. 31, the group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

--"What is Sexual Violence?" is a discussion group designed to provide an opportunity for women to discuss and think about the many ways sexual violence is presented -- in the media, and interpersonally -- and how this influences both one's own understanding of what sexual violence is (or isn't) and how we think about ourselves as women and relate to communities when sexual violence becomes a "real" issue. Beginning Jan. 30, the group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:45 p.m.

Returning groups include:

--Motherless Daughters, a support group that has been offered several times in the past, offers participants an opportunity to discuss their experiences of being without and/or losing a mother. Discussion topics will include how one's own identity is changed by the loss of a mother. Beginning Jan. 30, the group will meet on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

--Between Worlds: Bisexual Women is a support group now in its second semester. The goal of this group is to establish a safe and supportive environment for participants to share both the positive and sometimes negative aspects of having a bisexual identity in our society. Beginning Feb. 8, the group will meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 8.

Other returning and/or continuing groups include:

--"Spouses and Partners of International Students: Orientation to American Culture," which meets on Fridays at 2 p.m. in the International Programs Commons, beginning Feb. 2.

--"SMART: Single Mothers Achieving and Reflecting Together," which meets on Mondays at 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 5.

--"Lesbian Reading Group," a book discussion group with two sections, which each meet approximately once a month. Beginning Jan. 25, one section meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; the other starts Jan. 28 and meets on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

--"Mujer," a social and support group designed to bring together Latinas from diverse backgrounds, will start Feb. 1 and meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Pre-registration is required to attend these groups. 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/groups.htm.

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.