CONTACT: VANESSA SHELTON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
UI President meets with Quad Cities minority students and leaders
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will meet
with Quad Cities area minority community leaders and high school students
Thursday, Feb. 27, as part of an effort to increase the UI's enrollment and
graduation of minority students.
Community leaders are invited to meet with Coleman from 3 to 5 p.m. at the
Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport to discuss ways to improve the UI's relationship
with and presence within the minority communities. They also will have an
opportunity to have any concerns addressed regarding students from historically
underrepresented cultures and their education at the UI.
Prior to the meeting, Coleman will address students during an assembly from
2 to 2:30 p.m. at Davenport West High School.
Coleman and the staff of the UI's Opportunity at Iowa program have been traveling
the state meeting with community leaders to enlist help in recruiting minority
students and in providing support to them during their college careers.
Our commitment to our students and their education goes beyond the information
learned in the classroom," says event coordinator Lew Montgomery of Opportunity
at Iowa. "While our academic programs remain the number one priority
for all students attending our institution, it is also important that all
of our students learn the importance of multiculturalism as we move into the
Montgomery adds, "This program is designed to provide information to
students and community constituencies on admission requirements, financial
aid, student support services and several other departmental offices designed
to assist students through graduation. We also want to provide resources to
students and parents to help them make the difficult decisions about which
college or university to attend."
For further information on the program, contact Montgomery at Opportunity
at Iowa (319) 335-0596 or 1-800-553-IOWA