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Campus diversity hub celebrates 40 years

February 14, 2011

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A 40th anniversary open-house reception for the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) at the University of Northern Iowa will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, at the CME in Maucker Union. At 7 p.m., Julie Dash, acclaimed African-American film director, will speak on her recent works as part of the Hearst Lecture Series. Dash's presentation will be held in Lang Hall Auditorium.

"The four decades of the CME have been replete with exciting and inspiring programs, speakers, workshops and other activities," said Michael Blackwell, director of the CME. "As we enter the fifth decade of its existence, we realize the work of building cultural competency and inclusion on campus and in the surrounding community is not yet over."

The CME was established during the Civil Rights movement as the diversity hub for the UNI campus and the community. Its mission is to foster success in racial and ethnic minority students; contribute to the cultural competence of all students; and promote an appreciation of diversity in the university community.

For more information about the open house, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or