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UIS hosts programs promoting dialogue on diversity

September 24, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will host two events promoting dialogue on diversity, beginning with a film and discussion on race at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 17, in the Great Room of Lincoln Residence Hall on the UIS campus. The session will be led by Roberto Almanzán.

The program will continue the following day, Saturday, October 18, with the workshop "Dialogue on Our Diversity: Building Trust, Respect, and Appreciation" set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also in the LRH Great Room.

Lunch will be provided on Saturday. Both events are free and open to the public; however participants are asked to RSVP for the Saturday event by Monday, October 6.

Joining Almanzán on Saturday will be Rainbow Jane Markell, both are members of StirFry Seminars and Consulting. Markell has worked with conflict resolution and unlearning sexism and racism, while Almanzán is a nationally recognized trainer with 25 years of experience in the area of cultural competency.

StirFry Seminars, based in Oakland, California, is a firm specializing in diversity issues and has facilitated workshops and dialogs for organizations such as NASA and The League of Women Voters.

UIS sponsors of these events are the Office of Student Volunteers and Service-Learning, Office of Student Life, Office of International Affairs, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Women's Studies, Speaker's Bureau, The Journal, and the Division of Student Affairs.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Karin Cotterman, UIS coordinator of student volunteers and service learning, at 206-7716.

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