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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2004

Westerhaus Appointed To State Commission On African-Americans

Charlotte Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, has been appointed to the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans by Gov. Tom Vilsack.

The commission is a state agency that addresses the needs and concerns of African-Americans in Iowa. It advocates for African-American issues, performs research and educates the public about those issues. It reviews and recommends programs, services, policies and legislation.

Westerhaus became director of the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity in July 2002. She had been manager of diversity and equal employment opportunity at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids before coming to UI. An attorney, she also had served as director of affirmative action at Purdue University, assistant professor of communication at Purdue and assistant to the chancellor for equity and diversity at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.

Westerhaus' term on the commission expires in April 2008.

The ICSAA has nine commissioners representing different regions of the state, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate. The Iowa Legislature created the commission in 1989. It is a division of the Department of Human Rights.

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