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April 6, 2009

Momentum Grants awarded to support diversity programs at UI

Four University of Iowa departments have received $25,000 in Iowa Momentum Plus grants, a UI program that offers funds to advance diversity as part of ongoing research and academic programming.

Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost for diversity, said the 2009-10 Momentum Plus program had a specific theme: the integration of diversity awareness and inclusion in research, courses and service at the UI. The Momentum Plus program, supported by UI Executive Vice President and Provost Wallace Loh and Interim Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen, is consistent with the diversity strategic goals noted in The Iowa Promise, the UI strategic plan.

Four UI departments will receive funding:

--Nancy Noyer and Bruce Drummond of UI Human Resources Learning and Development, Organizational Effectiveness, for the development of an ICON course for supervisors on supporting staff and faculty with disabilities.
--Brendon Young and Cindy O'Toole, College of Dentistry, support for the development of a course relating to the treatment disabled patients.
--Megan Nicpon, College of Education, for the development of a graduate course on working with disabled students for future educators.
--Helen Schartz and David Klein of the College of Law's Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, to conduct a pilot survey of law schools to create a baseline for disability services at law schools to support a subsequent grant application.

The funds must be expended by December 2009; awards ranged from $5,000 to $7,000 each. The recipients will be asked to share their outcomes in a workshop in spring 2010.

"We are very pleased with the innovative ideas for diversity integration and hope that others will pursue their ideas with alternative funding," said Cohen.  David added, "I am confident that UI scholars and researchers will continue to have many terrific ideas to advance the goals in the five key focus areas of The Iowa Promise: undergraduate education, graduate and professional education and research, diversity, vitality and engagement."

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Marcella David, associate provost, 319-335-0705,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,