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UNI to host Annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity

January 26, 2012
Contact: 

Terry Hogan, chair, UNI Diversity Council, 319-273-2332, terry.hogan@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will welcome Heather Hackman as the guest speaker for this year's annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity sponsored by UNI's Diversity Council. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Slife Ballroom, Commons. A Diversity Fair will precede the town hall meeting from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Georgian Lounge and Porch. Five UNIfaculty, staff and students will be honored with the Diversity Matters Award during the meeting.

Hackman, a human relations and multicultural education professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, will be discussing ways individuals can contribute to diversity efforts as the institution moves forward with its own initiatives. She has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992. Hackman consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice, and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia and classism.

"Hackman's expertise and experience will be useful as we seek to advance our efforts on campus," said Terry Hogan, chair of UNI's Diversity Council. "She encourages individuals to realize that diversity matters on campus because it enhances our social connections to people and allows our students to prepare for careers in a world in which globalization and diversity are a reality." 

For more information, visit UNI's Diversity Matters website at http://www.uni.edu/diversity/.