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UNI co-sponsors conference to explore 'Building Community in the Midst of Diversity'<br>

October 2, 2002

Al Hays, director, UNI graduate program in public policy, (319) 273-2910
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Building Community in the Midst of Diversity,' a workshop to help individuals create positive neighborhoods and communities, will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. It is sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa's Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC), and Neighborhood Services of Waterloo.

Keynote speaker is Juan C. Moreno, a diversity and inclusion specialist at the University of Minnesota Extension Office. Previously, he was director of affirmative action and equal opportunity, and interim dean of students at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He is founder of the Diversity Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Workshop sessions will cover cross-cultural communication, involving citizens in planning, and team building and conflict resolution. Speakers are Jim Day, diversity consultant; Pam Hays, executive director of the YWCA of Black Hawk County; Allen Hays, director of the COPC and UNI's graduate program in public policy; and Louis Starks, city of Waterloo planner.

Cost to attend is $12 before Oct. 18, and $15 after that date. Cost includes dinner on Friday, Oct. 25. To register, or receive more information, contact Cheryl Faries, (319) 287-8164,