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March 9, 2007

Raheim To Step Down As Senior Associate To The President

Salome Raheim, senior associate to the University of Iowa president, announced today that she will step down from that position and return full-time to the UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' School of Social Work, where she is associate professor. Her last day as senior associate will be May 31.

Raheim was appointed in January 2006 to a two-year term as senior associate by former President David Skorton. She said she was stepping down early to allow a new UI president to appoint a successor.

"Professor Raheim deserves the thanks of the entire university community for her service," said UI Interim President Gary Fethke. "She has brought an important focus to a number of significant issues, including diversity and the campus climate. I have found her to be a person with whom I could talk about matters conceptually and then count on her to develop ideas for putting those concepts into practice."

Raheim said, "It was my pleasure to work with President Skorton and with Interim President Fethke and to be involved in helping the university move ahead on important issues, including our commitment to diversity and our policies prohibiting violence and sexual harassment.

"Now I'm eager to return to the School of Social Work and continue my research on diversity and cultural competence in non-profit organizations, higher education and business."

Raheim will give the keynote address on that topic at a conference to be held this summer in Bristol, England. That presentation is a follow-up to a lecture given in Australia in March 2006.

Prior to being named senior associate to the president, Raheim served as director of the School of Social Work from 1998 to 2006. Under her direction, the school won a UI Catalyst Award in 2002 for its efforts to create an inclusive, welcoming environment and to prepare students for work with diverse populations.

Raheim's teaching areas include social work practice in organizations, communities and multi-cultural contexts. Her scholarship focuses on microenterprise as a social and economic development strategy and organizational cultural competence. She earned a doctorate in communication studies from the UI in 1990. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bowie State College and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America, both in social work.

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