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Diversity Week at UNI, Sept. 7-12

September 3, 2003

Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator, and (319) 273-2683
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Diversity includes all of us' is the theme for Diversity Week on the University of Northern Iowa campus Sunday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 12. The event will celebrate the social issues, customs and entertainment of different cultures. Daily events throughout Diversity Week include:

Sunday, Sept. 7, Charles Jefferson and New Dimension. A blend of gospel music and poetry, Lang Hall Auditorium, 4 p.m. Performers are Effie Burt, Cherie Nelson, Gabrielle Shirley, and Kei-Che Randle.

Monday, Sept. 8, UNI cultural festival. A variety of ethnic foods and information will be offered as well as the music of 'Mambo Surfers,' Maucker Union Plaza (rain site Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom), 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, video presentation and discussion. 'Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America,' Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, multicultural student panel. A discussion about the challenges and discoveries of students on the UNI campus, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, Diversity Week keynote speaker: Jesse Villalobos, regional director of the National Conference for Community and Justice, will speak on 'The Beauty of Diversity.' Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, video presentation 'Journey to a Hate Free Millennium.' A documentary that seeks solutions to hate crimes, Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, international student panel. An informal discussion on the issues that international students encounter at UNI, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, video presentation 'A Place at the Table.' A look at history and identity through the eyes of today's youth, Maucker Union Elm Room, noon.

Thursday, Sept. 11, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Association (LBGTA) panel will discuss issues affecting gay and lesbian students, Maucker Union Hemisphere Lounge, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11, Reggae band 'Keith Eric & Waterhouse.' A variety of costumes, instruments, movements and stories express the culture and sounds of the Caribbean, 8 p.m., Maucker Union.

Friday, Sept. 12, Diversity Week wrap brunch. A sneak preview and spotlight on the new Center for Multicultural Education (CME) and International Student Services.

Weeklong events include the photo exhibit, 'Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families,' in the Maucker Union Old Central Hall Lobby; and 'What Diversity Means to Me,' a chance for students to share what diversity means to them at the Maucker Union Coffeehouse.

For more information on diversity week, contact Mike Bobeldyk, Maucker Union program coordinator, at (319) 273-5888.