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WRAC sponsoring series of seminars on social change work

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa is sponsoring a series of seminars to teach practical skills to use in community-building and social change work. Women and men are invited to participate in the seminars to be held on a monthly basis from April through December this year.

The first seminar, "Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing," is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, at the Iowa Memorial Union. The seminar will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on April 11, including a light dinner, and will continue on April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kate Peyton, a training associate from the Midwest Academy and director of the Women's Strategy Center in Madison, Wis., will lead the seminar. Topics to be covered include the principles of direct action organizing, choosing an issue that builds for the long haul, strategies for building an organization, and methods of holding systems and people accountable.

"One of the goals of the seminar is to provide people with the tools they need to organize for social, economic and political justice," said Monique DiCarlo, WRAC director. "We want to teach people the practical skills that will help them win real improvements in their lives."

Cost of the seminar is $25. To register, send a check or money order payable to WRAC at 130 N. Madison, Iowa City, IA 52242. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the fee. In addition, child care can be arranged. For information on the seminar, a registration card, scholarships and/or child care, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

Topics of future seminars are:

* May: Planning and Facilitating Effective Meetings

* June: Spinning Your Story: Working Effectively with the Media

* July: Feminist Organizing Principles

* August: Grassroots Fund-raising

* September: Culturally Competent Organizing

* October: Community-Building and Coalition Work

* November: Working With Volunteers

* December: Activist Celebration

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you need an accommodation to attend the seminar "Fundamentals of Direct Action Organizing," call Monique DiCarlo at (319) 335-1486.