CONTACT: MONIQUE DICARLO
5 Old Capitol
Release: March 12, 2001
Women's Center presents 'Sister Connection 2001'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Womens Resource and Action
Center (WRAC) invites women students of color to participate in the 2001 Sister
Connection Conference: Identities, Opportunities, and Communities on
Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union on the
University of Iowa campus.
The conference will provide women students on predominately
white campuses a forum to connect with one another, explore opportunities,
and hone leadership skills.
"We are proud of our efforts in planning this conference
and believe this event enhances the universitys commitment to students,
particularly women students of color," says Monique DiCarlo, director
of the Womens Center.
Ramona Gray, a chemist and cast member from the smash
hit CBS television show Survivor, will be the keynote speaker. Gray
is a research chemist at Merck & Co. Inc., where she develops chemical
compounds that may be used to fight disease. As the only African American
in her research group and one of three women, Gray understands the importance
of promoting diverse workplaces as well as creating environments where educational
and career opportunities are accessible to students of color. Gray, a 1993
National Collegiate All-American winner, earned both her bachelor of science
and master of science degrees in chemistry from Howard University.
Dr. Jael Silliman, UI assistant professor of womens
studies, will provide opening remarks on "The Barriers Overcome and the
Challenges Confronted Today by Women of Color." Silliman is a member
of several national organizations, including the Committee on Women, Population
and Environment; Reproductive Health Technologies Project; and the South Asian
Magazine for Action and Reflection. She is also a former board chair of the
National Asian Womens Health Organization.
Workshops will make up a significant portion of the days
schedule, and address a wide spectrum of topics and interests. The offerings
The State of Hispanic
Body: Telling Race and Gender Using Female Nude Art Women
Wellness: Challenging Myths
in Creating Stereotypes about Women of Color
Women of Color in the U.S.
the African American Student Woman Professional
All workshops are interactive sessions in which participants
can discuss their individual and shared concerns. Workshop presenters come
from Luther College, Grinnell College, Cornell College, the Iowa Division
of Latino Affairs, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, and the University
The $10 fee for the conference includes lunch; some
scholarships are available. To register for Sister Connection 2001, or for
more information, call (319) 335-1486 or visit the Sister Connection website