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Release: Immediate

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 next millennium."

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