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Oct. 26, 2005

'Careers For Change' Series Continues Nov. 2 With Talk On Immigrants In Iowa

Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at the University of Northern Iowa, will speak about "Immigrants in Iowa: Human Rights and Integration Challenges," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Room S401 of Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus. His presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period, is part of "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR).

Although the program is designed for undergraduates to learn more about careers in social justice and human rights, the series is free and open to the public.

The Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration at UNI is an award-winning program that provides consultation, training and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations and employers to assist them with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers. In addition to directing the activities of the Center, Grey is a professor of sociology, and anthropology and criminology at UNI.

The final event in the fall Careers for Change series will be 5 p.m. Dec. 1 in Room 340, South Commons, Blank Honors Center. Laura Dowd, president and founder of Local Foods Connection, a non-profit organization that purchases fresh organic produce and meat products from small family farmers and donates these goods to low-income families, will speak on "From Local Farms to Local Families: Fighting Hunger in Iowa City."

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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