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UNI professors recognized for work with Iowa's immigrant population

November 6, 2013

Michele Devlin, professor, health, physical education and leisure services, 319-273-5806,

Mark Grey, professor, sociology, anthropology and criminology, 319-273-6496,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa faculty Michele Devlin, professor of health, physical education and leisure services, and Mark Grey, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, are the recipients of the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit's Karen L. Evans Award (Immigrant Champion Award) for their outstanding work with Iowa's immigrant population. The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is an annual conference that brings together resources for current and aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs to start or expand their businesses in Iowa. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Drake University in Des Moines.

Devlin and Grey are also the recipients of the 2013 FRIENDS of Iowa Civil Rights Award. This award is given to individuals, businesses, nonprofit and community organizations, and youth who have made a significant contribution in promoting civil rights in Iowa during the past year.

Devlin and Grey are the directors of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. The center provides statewide academic leadership to address and reduce health disparities among minority, immigrant and medically underserved populations in Iowa. Grey also serves as the program director for the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (ICILI), which guides and prepares Iowa communities and businesses as they accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers living and working in Iowa.

For more information, contact Devlin at 319-273-5806 or, or contact Grey at 319-273-6496 or For more information on the Iowa Center for Health Disparities visit, and for more information on ICILI visit