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Opportunity at Iowa appoints multicultural affairs coordinators

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Opportunity at Iowa, a University of Iowa program for outreach, development and recruitment of minority students, has appointed one new multicultural affairs coordinator and reappointed another. Valerie Garr, a Davenport native, is the new appointee. Lew Montgomery, a Waterloo native and former UI football standout, was reappointed.

Garr's duties will include writing and editing the Opportunity at Iowa (OI) newsletter and outreach brochures and assisting with the development of the OI web page. She will also serve as a campus resource and educational coordinator for students, including OI Scholars.

Garr holds two UI degrees: a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in counselor education with an emphasis in student development in post-secondary education. She previously worked as an academic planning counselor in the Office of Special Support Services and as a financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Montgomery's responsibilities include community outreach, student development and recruitment. He is also coordinator of the OI Ambassadors Program through which UI students play host to prospective UI students. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the UI. In addition to his work with OI, he hosts a radio talk show on station KBBG in Waterloo.

Opportunity at Iowa has also appointed Teresa Garcia as a quarter-time graduate assistant to work with Latino students in the College Bound Program. She will also work with a committee developing a Latino studies program and will assist with the Pen Pal Program through which current UI students, staff and faculty correspond with Iowa grade school students.

A native of Fort Madison, Garcia has a bachelor's degree in general studies from the UI and a law degree from Creighton University. She is a doctoral student in the UI College of Education. She has previously been director of the UI Upward Bound Project and has also worked at the UI Pre-Vocational Training Program and with Kansas Legal Services.

Opportunity at Iowa, part of the Office of the Provost, reaffirms the UI's conviction that the best universities include people from the broadest spectrum of backgrounds, cultures, viewpoints and disciplines. Opportunity at Iowa encourages and coordinates the recruitment of underrepresented students with a variety of scholarship, outreach, mentoring and academic programs.