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Release: April 4, 2002

UI hosts mini-conference on racial justice

            Members of the Iowa City community and surrounding areas are invited to join three national speakers in an open discussion of the tacit and often transparent advantages of white skin privilege during "Exploring White Privilege," a mini-conference on racial justice that takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 in various rooms of the John Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa.

            "We are excited to offer this opportunity for the local community, people of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, to explore racism as a system which not only disadvantages people of color, but also one that advantages whites. Exploring racial justice in this way offers an important opportunity to acknowledge the subtle and blatant differences in our everyday lives which, if unacknowledged, will continue to divide us," states Diane Finnerty, conference organizer and diversity resources coordinator in the Office of Affirmative Action. Registration for the Iowa City mini-conference is required by Wednesday, April 10. Cost: $25 for non-students; $10 for students. E-mail or call (319) 335-0705 (voice) or 335-0697 (text).

National speakers engaged in various aspects of working toward a racially just society will offer keynote addresses and conference participants will have the opportunity to apply the concepts during facilitated break-out sessions in the areas of: Healthcare, Education/Teaching, Community Activism, Business/Management, Public/Social Services, and Student Issues. Jennifer Holladay of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Geneva Gay, recognized scholar on multicultural education and professor, University of Washington, and Tim Wise, Fisk University Race Relations Institute, are the selected guest conference speakers.

            The "Exploring White Privilege" conference is being held in conjunction with the "Third Annual Conference on White Privilege: Understanding, Respecting, Connecting" April 18-19 at Central College in Pella, Iowa. For more information about the conference at Central College, contact Eddie Moore, Jr., director of Intercultural Life, (641) 628-7484 or visit