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UNI celebrates diversity with week of events<br>

August 29, 2002
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Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Diversity Week will begin Sunday, Sept. 8, with the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Dance at 5:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza. Dancers and professors from around the world will perform and share stories.

Diversity Week promotes cross-cultural awareness and appreciation, said Guy Sims, associate director of UNI's Maucker Union.

The celebration continues Monday, Sept. 9, with a cultural festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Maucker Union plaza, featuring the Waterhouse Reggae Band, ethnic foods and cultural information. At 7:30 p.m., Jennifer Read Hawthorne, author of 'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul,' will present an address, 'Chicken Soup for the Soul of America,' in the Maucker Union Expansion. Her appearance is sponsored by the UNI Speakers Committee.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a multicultural student panel will address diversity issues at 3:30 p.m. in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union. A reception will follow at the Ethnic Minority and Cultural and Educational Center (EMCEC).

Students and professors will share personal experiences during 'Teaching Through Crisis: How Instructors and Students Addressed 9/11 in the Classroom,' Wednesday, Sept. 11, at noon. The event will be in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union, and will be co-facilitated by Gayle Pohl, associate professor; and Victoria DeFrancisco, professor, both in the Department of Communication.

A university-wide moment of silence will be at 3 p.m. at the Campanile. At 3:30 p.m. an international student panel will begin in the Union's Hemisphere Lounge. The Sept. 11 Remembrance Concert, with performances by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Metropolitan Chorale, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call (319) 273-SHOW.

Thursday's events begin at noon, with BARNGA, a game that tests intercultural sensitivity, in the Union's Expansion lobby. Also at noon, Milissa Wright, a lieutenant with UNI's Department of Public Safety, will discuss her travels to New York to help NYPD officers deal with the trauma of 9/11. She will make her address in the Hemisphere Lounge of the Union.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a panel featuring members of the student Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Association in the Hemisphere Lounge. Preacher Moss will present 'End of Racism,' a comedy and lecture performance, at 8 p.m. in the Union's Expansion; and DJ Scratch Academy will cover the art of beat-making at 9 p.m., also in the Expansion.

A wrap-up brunch will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the EMCEC.



For more information, contact Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, (319) 273-2683.