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Release: Jan. 19, 2000

Fair to showcase education students' diversity research Jan. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students in the University of Iowa's College of Education will have an opportunity to display their research on diversity and related topics during a special poster session Friday, Jan. 21.

The first Diversity Research Fair is being held in conjunction with a weeklong commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. that begins Monday, Jan. 17. The event is open to the public and will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in the Jones Commons of the Lindquist Center.

Traevena Potter-Hall, a former University of Iowa law student and director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans, will begin the fair at noon with a speech about her experiences as a woman of color in Iowa.

The poster session will begin at 2:30 p.m. and features visual displays of students' papers or research topics. Students will be on hand to answer questions.

Taneshia McKeemer, a fourth-year graduate student in the College of Education and a member of the college's diversity committee, said the event is the first she knows of on campus that focuses primarily on diversity research.

"Some students may talk about a person who has contributed to diversity," McKeemer said. "Some may deal with diversity in education."