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Release: Sept. 13, 2001

Women's Resource and Action Center will sponsor gathering for students with children

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will sponsor a casual get-together for undergraduate student parents on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Center, 130 N. Madison Street.

Participants will have an opportunity to meet other parents and learn about available community resources. Representatives from Community Coordinated Child Care (4 C's), Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), and the University of Iowa's Family Services will be on hand to present information, and two undergraduate parents will discuss strengths of being a parent in Iowa City. Participants needing childcare and/or other accommodations should call
(319) 335-1486 at least one week before the event.

Women's Resource and Action Center to offer workshop on inclusive, effective organizing

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will offer a workshop on Inclusive and Effective Organizing Principles on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m., in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. There is a fee of $10 to attend the workshop. Limited scholarships are available. Call 319-335-1486 to register. The workshop leaders are Karen Kubby, director of the Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, and Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Resource and Action Center. The workshop is part of the Center's ongoing Social Change Training series.

Inclusive and Effective Organizing Principles will focus on:

• Equalizing power, control, and responsibility within your organization.

• Effective communication for empowerment.

• Assessing the impact of decision-making processes on organizational power structures.

• Inclusive activism.

"Too often we take the structures and power relationships within our organizations for granted," says DiCarlo. "We accomplish so much more when power is equalized, when communication is optimized, and when our organizations are truly inclusive."

Child care may be provided for this workshop by volunteers. Arrangements must be made by Sept. 15. Please call (319) 335-1486 to register for the workshop.

More about the workshop leaders

Karen Kubby has been a community activist and volunteer in Johnson County since 1979. Kubby spent 11 years as an activist member of the Iowa City City Council. She has worked locally on a variety of issues including environmental protection, affordable housing, support of the public library, and a variety of women's issues. Karen spent 10 years living in housing cooperatives, using consensus as the decision-making model. Subscribing to a philosophy of democratic socialist feminism, Karen has been a member of the Socialist Party, USA since 1980. Currently, she serves as the executive director of the Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, a feminist reproductive health care clinic that serves clients throughout the Midwest.

Monique DiCarlo is the director of the Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa. She has been planning and facilitating various types of meetings for over 10 years. She currently provides training to peer support group facilitators and conducts training for boards of directors. Monique has received certification in nonprofit management from St. Ambrose University's MBA program and received her M.A. in social work administration from the University of Michigan. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work.