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UIS to present discussion of African women and AIDS

March 8, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - “African Women and AIDS: A Case Study of Botswana” is the topic of a program to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Mercy Montsi, professor of counseling at the University of Botswana. Both the presentation and the reception that will immediately follow are free and open to the public.

The southern African nation of Botswana has the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, often reported at 34 percent. For more than 14 years, Montsi has worked with international organizations and her own government to raise awareness of the disease and to train counselors to work with victims and their families.  Her presentation will focus on the impact that AIDS is having on girls and women in Botswana and discuss how their problems are being addressed.  

UIS sponsors of the program include the Human Development Counseling, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Public Health, International Studies, Individual Option, Liberal Studies, Women’s Studies, and Human Services programs; the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs office; International Affairs; Multicultural Student Affairs; Women’s Center; Health Services; Speakers Bureau; and Counseling Center.  Community supporters include Planned Parenthood Springfield Area, Illinois Office of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Illinois Department of Public Health - Center for Minority Health.

For more information, contact Jan Droegkamp, professor of Liberal Studies/Individual Option, by e-mail at droegkamp@uis.edu or by phone at (217) 206-6962.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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