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'I2AmUNI' event will share stories of underrepresented students

April 10, 2014
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Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250, tabatha.cruz@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Every day, minority students can experience a number of microaggressions based on their gender, race, religion and other identities. Students will have the opportunity to share these experiences at the I2AmUNI event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Participants will be able to write a story or phrase on a whiteboard and pose for a photo with it. Photos will be shared on I2AmUNI's social media profiles.

"The students are really behind the motto of this project, which is 'Validating personal experiences that are culturally invalidated," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for UNI's Center for Multicultural Education and adviser for the I2AmUNI planning committee. "The push is to raise awareness and start a discussion on what it means to be inclusive. It is coming from a place of love and support in that we all want to make sure that all students are having a positive and healthy experience at UNI."

Inspired by the "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign, the event was planned by a committee of student representatives from various multicultural student groups, including the Hispanic Latino Student Union, Art for El Salvador, the Department of Residence Inclusive Communities Team and the International Student Association. The event aims to represent microaggressions across all underrepresented groups at UNI. All members of the UNI community are invited to participate.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or tabatha.cruz@uni.edu.