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Release: Immediate

UI President Coleman meets with Waterloo minority students and leaders

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will meet with Waterloo minority community leaders and high school students Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Best Western Starlight, 214 Washington St., as part of an effort to increase the UI's minority enrollment and graduation.

Community leaders will meet with Coleman from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. to discuss ways to improve the UI's relationship with and presence within the minority community; and to address concerns and questions regarding historically underrepresented cultures on the UI campus. The university wants to enlist the help of community leaders in recruiting students and providing support to them during their college careers.

Afterwards, Coleman will address students during an assembly from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at West High School.

"Our commitment to our students and their education goes beyond the information learned in the classroom," says event coordinator Lew Montgomery of the Opportunity at Iowa program. "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.