CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 6, 1999
Nursing College Cultural Diversity Committee to receive
IOWA CITY, Iowa University of Iowa International
Programs will present the 1999 Mariko Mizuhara Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding
during the international student graduation reception Friday, May 14. The
reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge
and is hosted by UI International Programs.
This years Mariko Mizuhara Award will be presented
to representatives of the University of Iowa College of Nursing Cultural Diversity
Committee. Members of the committee include chair Laraine Carmichael Nelson,
Jill Asprey, Teri Boese, Mickey Eliason, Kathy Keasler, Louise Kruse, Sandy
Powell, Annette Scheffel and Elizabeth Swanson.
The award is given annually to organizations or individuals
who have gone beyond their normal job duties to promote cross-cultural understanding,
appreciation for diversity and cooperation among culturally diverse groups.
The award is in memory of Mariko Mizuhara, a UI music major from Japan who
died unexpectedly in 1992.
The UI College of Nursing Diversity Committee was
formed last year, under the leadership of Eliason, to examine diversity issues
in the college. The committee was charged with developing a plan for augmenting
the sensitivity to and appreciation of diversity in nursing education, practice
and research. Specifically, the committee was charged with developing ways
of enhancing the diversity of faculty and students. As a result, a number
of multicultural displays, events and discussions were held during the 1998-99
academic year, including forums such as "Nursing in Other Cultures," and "Discussions
of Holidays in other Cultures."
The graduation reception gives the more than 260 students
from countries as diverse as Belgium, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Israel,
Iran, Luxembourg and Tanzania who are graduating from the UI this semester
a chance to celebrate together. Many international students are often joined
by family members who travel great distances to attend the graduation and
Paul Greenough, UI history professor and chair of
the Global Health Studies Program, will be the keynote speaker for the event.
Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs, will
also address the group. Remarks will be made starting at 12:15 p.m.
UI International Programs consist of a number of offices,
centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services.
Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs,
these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and
promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information, call International Programs