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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 27, 2003

Women's Center Offers Volunteer Training For Activists, Group Facilitators

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering training this fall for two of its volunteer programs. Beginning on Monday, Sept. 8, with an orientation session from 6 to 8 p.m., new volunteers will be trained as group facilitators to lead support and discussion groups at the center and as members of Iowa Women Initiating Social Change (IWIS), the center's social activism volunteer program. The session will be at WRAC, located at 130 N. Madison Street in Iowa City, directly across the street from the Iowa Memorial Union.

WRAC's support and discussion groups offer participants opportunities to explore, change, learn and heal. All groups at the center are facilitated by trained volunteers, supported by a center staff member. Facilitators are needed for such groups as Single Mothers, Coming Out, Gender Puzzle, Sister to Sister, Body Image and many others. Group facilitators receive a total of 15 hours of training between Sept. 8 and Sept. 20. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule. The training is open to students, staff and faculty of the university, as well as members of the community.

IWIS, which is now in its sixth year of activism, is a volunteer group providing training to undergraduate college women on direct action, policy work and educational campaigns for social change. This year, IWIS members also will receive training in video and TV media as a social change tool.

Past IWIS projects have included revision of the University of Iowa sexual assault policy, public forums on welfare reform and Iowa's 2010 strategic plan, and coordination of Iowa City's "Take Back the Night" rally. Topics for this year will include reproductive health and violence against women. IWIS members can also earn college credit for their participation in the program and will receive a total of 17 hours of training between Sept. 8 and Sept. 29. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule.

Space in both volunteer training programs is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the training. To register for training, for more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: (IWIS) Allison Oliver, 319-335-1486,; (Group Facilitation) Kerri Barnstuble, 319-335-1486, Writer: Linda Kroon.