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Feb. 9, 2009

At A Glance

Momentum Plus grants encourage diversity outreach, disability awareness

Applications are now being accepted by the Iowa Momentum Plus program, which offers competitive grants to University of Iowa researchers, scholars and artists seeking to incorporate diversity outreach in their work.

Sponsored by the offices of the Special Assistant for Equal Opportunity and Diversity/Associate Provost for Diversity and the Vice President for Research, the 2009 Momentum Plus competition grants are inspired by The Iowa Promise, the UI Strategic Plan for 2005-2010, which includes diversity as a main strategy for achieving excellence.

This year, the grants are being used to promote a specific theme: integrating disability awareness and inclusion as an integral part of diversity strategic goals. Faculty and staff can use the grants to develop a new or existing course on disability topics, conduct preliminary work on an external grant related to disability, or develop training for on-campus disability services.

Awards typically range from $2,500 to $7,000 each. Some $40,000 in total grants have been awarded to date.

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 27 to the Office of Vice President for Research and awards will be announced March 20.

UI Center for Human Rights seeks applications for funded internship program

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is seeking applications for the Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program.

The Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program provides $3,000 to UI undergraduate and graduate or professional students to fund travel and living expenses associated with summer internships in organizations or agencies engaged in human rights advocacy, research, or education.

Students must remain enrolled in a degree program for the semester following their internship. The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 13. Application materials are available online at under "Internships." UI Center for Human Rights staff can assist with the application process and help identify appropriate placements.

Submit application materials to the UI Center for Human Rights at 1120 University Capitol Centre or send via email to

For more information contact Amy Weismann at or 319-335-0483.

UI pharmacy students participate in leadership conference

Fifteen UI pharmacy students participated in the 2009 Bill Burke Pharmacy Student Leadership Conference, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 in West Des Moines. The annual program involved students from the UI College of Pharmacy and the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Through lectures and workshops, participants networked with professionals and learned to capitalize on their strengths. The program also addressed challenges facing the pharmacy profession, including contemporary issues such as its role in public health.

Thirty students attended the conference. The UI participants were J.P. Webb, Nadiya Zelenski, Rachel Dimmer, Kjersha Wanlass, Christina Gaard, Christina Balmer, Joseph Paulsen, Eric Paulus, Cathleen Waddle, Joel Van Heukelom, Ashley Virene, Jenny Bongartz, Kara Clothier, Rebecca Bell and Anna Peck.

Law school to host workshop on working with Latino law clients Feb. 19

The University of Iowa College of Law will host a workshop for attorneys to learn about the dynamics and cultural issues of working with Latino clients at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free.

The Census Bureau projects that Latinos will make up an increasingly larger percentage of the U.S. population in the coming years. The program will address issues that lawyers should be aware of with Latino clients, such as working with interpreters, complications related to status, role of community, and how these and other cultural issues may influence the lawyer-client relationship.

The speakers include attorneys William Bribriesco and Sonia Parras Konrad; and Jaime Reyes, executive director of the Latino Cultural Institute of the Midwest.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.