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					                                 The Center for American Intercultural Studies
                                        208 Carver, Iowa State University
                                  Tel: (515) 294-9730/Fax: (515) 294-5104
                                ∼A News Memo for Our Faculty, Staff and Friends∼
                                               Week of July 30th, 2007

                                              Eugenio Matibag, Director of CAIS and Director of Asian American Studies,
                                              R. Tunde Adeleke, Director of African American Studies,
                                              Sidner Larson, Director of American Indian Studies,
                                              Loreto Prieto, Director of U.S. Latino/a Studies,

A BIG WELCOME to the new Director of U.S. Latino/a Studies, Dr. Loreto Prieto! Dr. Prieto has a background in
       counseling psychology, he comes to us from Akron, Ohio, and he will be developing the U.S. Latino/a Studies
       Program in new directions. We are happy to have him join our faculty and the ethnic studies programs of our

PLEASE SUBMIT ITEMS for each week’s news memo by the Friday of the week before.


                                      Diversity @ Iowa State
Please visit this site often for important diversity-related information. The Diversity @
Iowa State Calendar is a terrific resource for current news and upcoming events!

                      Call for Cultural Performances!
 The Iowa Asian Alliance Eastern Chapter is seeking cultural performers to perform for:

Asia in the Heartland
1st Annual Community Picnic
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lake McBride, Main Lodge
3525 HWY 382 NE
Solon, IA 52333
If you would like to help showcase your community through performance, please contact
Suresh Basnet at
           Second Annual Greeshma Mela (Summerfest) 2007
              Sunday, August 5th ~ 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                       On the Temple grounds
                  (5 miles south of Madrid on Hwy 17)
                           FREE ADMISSION!!!!
             (Nominal charge for food and other activities.)

                            Music by D.J. Raj
                 Cultural Program 10:30 a.m. - noon
                            Free Helium Balloons
                         Bingo &Activities for all ages
                            Hayrides & Pony Rides
                            Henna (hand painting)
                            Beauty Make Over
                              Foods From India
                            Saris, Jewelry & Gifts
                         Indian Costume Photo Shoot
                 Temple Souvenirs ~ Kalashams, Coins, T-shirts

               Contacts:             Raffle Tickets On Sale Now!
            Nutan Sahai                      ($3 ea; 4/$10)
            Suren Gupta                    HD Digital Radio
                                             DVD Player
           Uma Palakurthy
            515.224.4657                   Digital Cameras
        Items For Auction:                  Radar Detector
             Artifacts                        Gift Cards
          Gold & diamond              Need not be present to win!

Come enjoy poori, chole, papadi chat, bhel, dhokla, vada and dosa to name a few
                   with awesome desserts available as well.
Cordao de Ouro Capoeira & dance group invites you to attend the first
ever fundraising show to raise money for the September capoeira event!
TIME: 7:30pm
WHERE: DMPD REC. BUILDING, 5374 NW12th ST., Pleasant Hill, IA (across the street from White Water

The group will be performing Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian Dance, other traditional dances and music from Brazil.
Brazilian food will be served. Please join them for a night a great food, music, dance, martial arts & culture!

Tickets are $10 per person, and children 5 & under are free.
Contact Rebecca at 515-210-7553 or for tickets or more info.

Support local performing artists, cultural awareness & diversity!

Cordao de Ouro Capoeira: Promoting diversity and cultural awareness through positive instruction and
performance of Afro-Brazilian art forms.

Instructors: Xara & Rebecca Valadao
514 Park Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Flickr agora em português. Você cria, todo mundo vê. Saiba mais.

                        US Airways Education Foundation Seeks Grant Applicants

                      A philanthropic vehicle of US Airways (,
                           the US Airways Education Foundation is accepting applications
                                 for its 2007 Community Education Grant Program.

                       Governed by a group of educators, community leaders, and US Airways
                        employees, the foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 each to
                        nonprofit organizations located in the markets served by the airline.

                         Eligible applicants include educational programs that respond to the
                            special needs of disadvantaged or disabled individuals; teach or
                         enhance social responsibility; facilitate parental and/or community
                             involvement; and enhance academic achievement. Applicant
                                       organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

                                              Deadline: August 1, 2007
                       For additional information, visit the US Airways Web site to learn more.
                                                     Link to RFP

               Filipino Association of Iowa Annual Pig Roast Picnic
 August 4, 2007 -- 1:00 p.m. Raccoon River Park, Coneflower Shelter B&C. Join us for this annual
 event full of fun, friends and lots of great food! Please bring a dish to share and a 2 liter bottled
   soda. Pigs for the roast are provided courtesy of Troy & Teresa McGee, Russ Zitek and Betty
  Dompier. Lawn chairs, blankets, swimsuits, towels and games for the kids are encouraged. This
event is free to members, and non member rates are $5 per family and $3 per individual. For more
     information or questions, please contact Alma Reed at (515) 989-0417 or (515) 240-5631.

                            MOVE-IN VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

Again this year, the residence department is organizing volunteers to greet and help new students
move into their campus homes. Faculty and staff can volunteer by filling out the Move-In Crew form.
Volunteers receive a free T-shirt. Shifts are available on Tuesday, Aug. 14 (8: a.m. – 8: p.m.),
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.), and Thursday, Aug. 16, (8: a.m. - 5 p.m.). Contact Roy
Salcedo,, for more information.

                 Registration under way for WelcomeFest
Registration is open for WelcomeFest, an annual event attracting more than 3,500 ISU students.
Sponsored by the Student Activities Center, WelcomeFest introduces students to local businesses,
community organizations and ISU departments. On display are services, goods and employment
opportunities. WelcomeFest will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Lied Center.
Registrants pay $60 per booth if registration is received by Friday, July 13, and $110 thereafter
through the July 27 deadline. For more information or for a registration form, visit the Student
Activities Center web site or call (515) 294-8081.

August 10, 2007- Iowa African American Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony

It is time again for the annual IAAHF Banquet and Induction Ceremony. The event is scheduled to be held in
The Meadows at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Altoona, Iowa, at 6:00 p.m.

For further information regarding the Banquet and Induction Ceremony, persons are asked to contact

Conference Overview
The African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa is holding its second
Women's Leadership Conference. The conference is a celebration of the heritage of African
American women in our state, a unique networking event, and a development opportunity for the
Museum. The Museum sees this conference as the fulfillment of a promise it made when Iowans
supported its construction, that it would provide opportunities for African Americans to come
together and celebrate regardless of church, politics, or geographic location. Our primary audience
for this conference is African American professional women, a group of people who are wanted
and needed by the business community of our state, but for whom there is little supportive
infrastructure for building community. However, the conference planning will guarantee that all
people who come will find value and benefit from the content.

The Museum anticipates between 300-400 attendees from all walks of life, all corners of the state,
with a common desire: to celebrate the accomplishments and future of African American women
in Iowa.

For more information contact any committee member or Joe Nolte, Director of Statewide
Operations, African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, at 319-862-2101
ext. 14, or

Please visit for conference
schedule, registration, and other important information.

Welcome To White Eagle 7th Generation Multicultural
                   Pow Wow!
                           "A gathering to bring down the walls of
                               misunderstanding and to help
                                  mend the Sacred Hoop"

                                August 24, 25, and 26, 2007

                               Jester Park on Saylorville Lake

   This is the 8th year of the celebration of 7 generations. Please attend this year and share your
                                                  heart, support and help in the mending of the "Sacred
                                                  Hoop". The event is free to the public and features
                                                  drumming, dancing and storytelling.

                                                Performers and volunteers are being sought to help
                                                celebrate this event. Last year, over 8,000 people
                                                attended the event and the organizers are looking
                                                forward to seeing more this year.

                                                Click here for a flyer of this event. Please feel free to
                                                make copies of this flyer and pass them on to those
                                                who may want to come.

   You will need the latest version of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that can be obtained here.

   Please call Sharon Haught at 515-288-7669 if you have any questions, want to perform or

                                 Forum and Seminar-Workshop
                             “Education for Youth and Adults in USA”
                                  PLAZAS COMUNITARIAS
WHO: To educational staff and community leaders in the United States of America, regional coordinators
                of public or private facilities, Community organizations, Universities, Plazas Comunitarias
                Coordinators, IME Coordinators of Mexican Consulates and others interested in implementing
                educational programs for Mexicans USA Correctional facilities, please attend the Forum and
                Seminar-Workshop: Education for Mexican Youth and Adults in the United States to be
                held in Des Moines, Iowa from August 1st to 3rd , 2007.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
         Wednesday, August 1st, Thursday, August 2nd, and Friday August 3rd, 2007
WHERE: Saint Anthony School Indianola Av & SE 1st Street
         16 Columbus Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315
                            VISUAL OPPORTUNITIES:
  You can take photos or videotape the inauguration event (Wednesday August 1st), the workshop sessions, and the closure session
                                                       (Friday August 3rd).
                             PEOPLE YOU CAN POSSIBLY INTERVIEW:
                                           National Institute for Adult Education (INEA)
                                  Patricia Ramos Méndez, INEA Internacional Affairs Director
                                                  Lirio Valencia, INEA Regional Coordinator
                                           Consulate of México at Omaha, Nebraska
                                    Jose Luis Cuevas, Consul of México in Omaha, Nebraska
                                    Luis Fernando Alva, Deputy Consul in Omaha, Nebraska
                                  Enrique A. Lopez, Institute of Mexicans Abroad Coordinator
                             CONTACT DURING EVENT: Enrique A. Lopez, 402-306-6381

The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, Aug.
25, at 10:30 a.m. at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines.
The four inductees are:

Ruth Gaines, an educator and artist from Des Moines;

Ada Hayden (deceased), the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Iowa State University;

Emma Harvat, the first woman in the nation to be elected mayor of a city with more
than 10,000 residents; and

Connie Wimer, owner of Business Publications Corp., publisher of the Des Moines
Business Record and philanthropist.

Iowa Commission on the Status of Women Department of Human Rights 321 E. 12th, Lucas State Office
Building 2nd Fl., Des Moines, IA 50319 Tel: 515/281-4461 or 800/558-4427 Fax: 515/242-6119

                        Hold the Date!!
                                   Ninth Annual
Strengthening and Valuing Latino/a Communities in
                Iowa Conference
                          November 2-3, 2007
             at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center
                          Marshalltown, Iowa

                              2007 Conference Theme

Cultivating Community Strengths: (Im)migration,
          Empowerment, and Alliances

   Cultivando las Fortalezas de la Comunidad:
   (In)migración, Empoderamiento y Alianzas

                                  Related Events
         Pre-Conference Latino Institute for Professional Development
                                Friday, November 2, 2007

             The Latino Youth Leadership Development Summit
                                Friday, November 2, 2007

                 Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
                                Friday, November 2, 2007

                               For More Information
              The Raíces Project - University of Iowa School of Social Work:
                       1-866-778-5819 (Toll-free; English y español)

                            Unity Fest
                       Downtown Rock Island (Quad Cities)
             Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 10 a.m. to midnight &
                Sunday, September 23, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

           Featuring the Legendary Bobby Rush
               Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.
Bobby Rush and his Band will warm up the starry evening
with their melodious blends of the blues performed in their
own special way that has made Bobby Rush a legend and a
household name synonymous with good music.

              -Quad Cities Area youth perform throughout the day.
                  -Booths displaying crafts, and information.
       -Sunday morning spiritual services and music with Churches United!

Come and join the fun as the community celebrates the best of the Quad Cities……...
                          Our Youth, Our Diversity,
                         And Our Community Spirit!!!

                                Age 10 years & up - $6.00
                              Age 6 years to 10 years - $2.00
                               Age 5 years & under - FREE

                    This event is a fundraiser for area youth scholarships.

                                      FYI: Around Iowa…
Iowa has a history steeped in Native American Culture. Traces of its Native American
history can be found throughout the State and most prominently in the mounds, which
are ancient burial grounds. Important historical sites to visit include the Toolesboro
Mounds National Historic Landmark and Effigy Mounds National Monument. Native
American relics are on display at the Black Hawk State Historic site near the Quad
Cities, and descendents of the Sac and Fox own and govern land around Tama.

Information from

Edward S. Curtis: Faces from The North American Indian Collection
June 12-Aug. 19, Dubuque, IA Museum of Art
The focus of this exhibition is the great variety and endearing representation of human subjects in
Edward S. Curtis’ work. Curtis (1868-1952) taught himself photography using a homemade camera
lens his father brought home from the Civil War. Curtis’ The North American Indian is a matchless
historic, scientific and aesthetic compendium of the traditions, customs, faces and environs of
America’s native peoples as they existed during the first three decades of the 20th century.
Admission to the museum is $5/adults; $3/students & seniors; members and under 12 free; or free
to all on Thursdays. Call (563) 557-1851 or visit for details.
                                       CEAH/LAS GRANT PROGRAM
 The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH)
is sponsoring an "Imagining Iowa" Public Scholarship Grant program, which features scholarly and creative
 work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners on the emerging bioeconomy.
  One interdisciplinary faculty group will be awarded a grant up to $15,000. Preliminary proposals are due
         October 1 with full proposals due on February 1, 2008. Please refer to the following link:

                                                          Diversity on Campus at ISU
Students from large, metropolitan, areas may find that Ames, Iowa appears fairly homogenous. However, there
is diversity at Iowa State University. Almost eight per cent of ISU students identify as African-American,
Latino/ Hispanic, Asian American, or American Indian; another eight percent are students from other countries.
The eighty-four per cent of "White Americans" have religious and geographic diversity. ISU students come
from different states, a range of small town, rural and urban America, and a wide range of religions. For
example, there are over fifty student cultural and religious organizations registered with the Student Activities
Center. –From

Iowa State University is proud of the ethnic, cultural, and national diversity of its students, faculty, and staff,
and strives to celebrate diversity in all facets of campus life. Among its 26,000 students, Iowa State enrolls
approximately 2,100 U.S. ethnic students, comprising almost 8% of our total enrollment. In addition,
approximately 2,300 international students are members of our campus community. –From

                  Please note these important academic dates and deadlines:

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
11:00 a.m., Final grade submittal, More. [PO975]
Friday, August 17, 2007
Last day, to initiate registration through AccessPlus, More. [PO977]
Last day, to initiate registration in person at the Registrar's Student Scheduling Office, 10 Alumni Hall, without a late registration fee,
More. [PO978]
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Last day, to cancel registration for fall to avoid tuition assessment, More. [PO979]
Monday, August 20, 2007
Class work begins for fall, More. [PO976]
Fee payment deadline for fall, first payment (minimum due) or payment in full, More. [PO980]
Schedule changes processed, through AccessPlus registration or in 10 Alumni Hall, More. [PO981]

Employees, grad students encouraged to attend training
ISU President Geoffroy strongly encourages all university faculty, staff and graduate assistants and
students to attend training on the university's Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Several sessions
are offered this summer.

Instructions for enrolling:

(1) Go into Access Plus
(2) Click on the employee tab
(3) Select HRS Training (on the left)
(4) Click continue
(5) Click on COURSES
(6) Scroll down to appropriate session (SUPERVISOR/FACULTY, EMPLOYEE or GRADUATE ASSISTANTS ONLY)
(7) Select the date and time you wish to attend
(8) Click on enroll.

For more information or assistance with the enrollment process, call Lisa Lee in the Office of Equal
Opportunity and Diversity at 294-7612.

Sessions Schedule
Supervisor/faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   July 24   9-10:30 a.m.   305 Carver
Employee -- Discrimination & Harassment Training             July 25   2-3 p.m.       305 Carver
Supervisor/Faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   July 26   10-11:30       305 Carver
Graduate assistants only -- Discrimination & Harassment      Aug.      9-10:30 a.m.   101 Carver
Training                                                     14
Supervisor/faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   Aug.      2-3:30 p.m.    101 Carver
Employee -- Discrimination & Harassment Training             Aug.      9-10 a.m.      101 Carver
Graduate assistants only -- Discrimination & Harassment      Aug.      2-3:30 p.m.    101 Carver
Training                                                     15
Supervisor/faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   Aug.      9-10:30 a.m.   3512 Memorial
                                                             29                       Union
Supervisor/faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   Aug.      2-3:30 p.m.    3512 Memorial
                                                             29                       Union
Employee -- Discrimination & Harassment Training             Aug.      2-3 p.m.       3512 Memorial
                                                             30                       Union
Supervisor/faculty -- Discrimination & Harassment Training   Aug.      9-10:30 a.m.   3512 Memorial
                                                             30                       Union

     Non-Attorney AmeriCorps Member Positions Available with Iowa Legal Aid
Position: AmeriCorps Member

Background: Iowa Legal Aid seeks applicants to fill 11 AmeriCorps member positions for its regional
offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City,
Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. Iowa Legal Aid provides free, high quality legal education, advice and
representation to low-income and elderly Iowans with civil legal problems that most dramatically affect
Iowa’s poor and vulnerable populations.

Responsibilities: Individual AmeriCorps members will help with various projects that can include: helping
seniors, returning veterans, and low-income Iowans get legal help; enhancing our unified client intake
system; increasing outreach to underserved minority, disabled, and immigrant groups; advancing legal self-help
education, recruiting volunteers; increasing the development of Iowa Legal Aid’s website; and
marketing and public relations activities.

Qualifications: Applicants should communicate well with individuals and groups, both verbally and
in writing. Also, applicants should have some or all of the following:
1. Bi-lingual verbal and written communication skills, in one or more of several languages
used most often by low-income Iowans, including Spanish, Bosnian, and/or Arabic;
2. Background working with people who are low-income, elderly, victims of domestic
violence, from other cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds, and/or disabled;
3. Ability to use computers to store and organize information, perform research;
4. College or community college degree.
5. Background in journalism and/or marketing.

Opening/Closing Date: When filled, but with all members starting between Sept. 1 - Nov. 15, 2007.

Salary/Benefits: AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend, health & dental insurance, student
loan forbearance, child care benefit, and can receive an education award of $4,725.

Applications: Submit letter of application, including geographic preference, resume, and at least three
professional references to:

Gail R. Klearman, Managing Attorney
Iowa Legal Aid
1111 9th Street, Suite 230
Des Moines, Iowa 50314-2527
515-243-1198 ext 1678

Iowa Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer

         IAA - Eastern Chapter 1st Annual Community Picnic
August 5, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Lake McBride Main Lodge (near Solon, Iowa)
The Iowa Asian Alliance Eastern Chapter wants to meet you! Eastern Iowa residents
who want to get to know the Asian American community can attend the 1st Annual
Community Picnic. Share your favorite Asian dish with fellow community members.
For more information, contact Emma Nemecek at .

                                  August 9 & 10, Des Moines, IA
Freedom, Inclusion and Opportunity. These are the core concepts grounding a disability coalition-led
national campaign and RV road tour that have been years in the making.

Tour riders will include Yoshiko Dart, Janine Bertram Kemp, Bobby Coward, Russ Holt, Jim Ward, Debbie
Fletter Ward and Tom Olin, whose work will be the centerpiece of our traveling exhibit. Additionally, we
have partnered with Family Diversity Projects ( in the production of a joint exhibit. FDP
produces award-winning traveling exhibits that tour communities nationally and internationally and they
are producing their first disability exhibit in partnership with ADA Watch/NCDR.

What is the reason for the tour? Because so many Americans remain unaware that — despite passage of
the ADA in 1990 and the advance of accessibility and mobility technologies — people with disabilities still
face an uphill battle...


Come visit the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
at the Varied Industries Building from August 9th to the 19th during the Iowa State
Fair in Des Moines, IA.

Receive a free t-shirt if you pass the civil rights test!

                    Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

August 25, 2007
CAPI Commissioner meeting
Aug 25, 2007, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Meeting location: Cedar Rapids

For more information, please visit or call (515) 281-4223

                                 Notice of new course offering for Fall 2007:

 Pedagogies of Dissent: Radical Theories of Education, Social Justice,
                      and Economic Democracy
                         Hg Ed 615C-1, Current Issues in Higher Education, 3 credits
                                         Tuesdays, 1pm-4pm

Defining pedagogy in the broadest sense, this seminar will critically probe the philosophical foundations of
pedagogies that seek to challenge the status quo and advance radical educational change. Through this inquiry
students will explore a number of issues relevant to radical educational change, in relation to how they inform
practices of pedagogies of dissent. Key questions in this seminar will be engaged most directly in relationship
to higher education (colleges and universities), while at the same time drawing on as overarching K-12 lens.

Students from outside the study of higher education, with a strong interest and some background in the topics
we will be engaging in this seminar, are welcome to enroll. If you have questions about this seminar, please

                                   Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi,

                                    Made in Iowa
                                            a documentary film project
                                    of the Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs
This documentary film project aims to capture the story of the people who make Iowa.
The purpose is to reveal the whole of the community through the telling of five
individual family stories from those, free or not, who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans, from those who over the generations journey across a river, and from the
native people who across the ages have called this their home. Here they seek to
puzzle together the enduring human story of the common struggle for freedom and the
opportunity to progress.

Their hope is to unify through the stories of five individual Iowans their connection to
history and the land, know of their sorrows and joys, and of what in them has been
assimilated and what cannot be. What will emerge is the larger story of the great
American experience.

The point of view is through the eyes of five middle-school students who ask the film’s
premise question of their families, in particular their grand-parents: “How did we get to
For additional information, please visit

For this project, they are actively seeking an Asian family residing in Iowa who meets the following

1-The grandparent should have a grandchild who is currently in middle school.
2-The family must have a compelling story about how they got to Iowa.
3-The family in question should be willing to have a filming crew at their house.

The Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs is taking the lead on this project, and the Status of African
Americans and the Status of Asian and Pacific Islanders are collaborating on this project also. If you
or someone you know is interested in participating in the filming of this project, please contact them.
Thank you!

Interested families may contact:
Project Coordinator: Irene Vega • 515 281 7018 •
Project Coordinator: Melissa Esquivel • 515 281 7015 •

General Information

Saturday September 8, 2007
12 Noon to 10PM

Sunday September 9, 2007
12 Noon to 7PM

Adults: $5.00
Children 12 and under: Free

Blank Park Zoo

                 A two day Celebration this year! Save the Date! Don't miss a beautiful event!

(Des Moines, IA) – Iowa’s 4th annual Latino Heritage Festival will be held Saturday September 9th from 12 Noon to
10PM and Sunday September 10, 2006 from 12 Noon to 7PM. The event not only promises the same wonderful
variety of traditional food and authentic art, crafts and cultural exhibitors, but will offer the family a fun filled day at
the Blank Park Zoo. The event will also features educational zones and a full day of entertainment, ending the
celebration on Saturday night with the full filled street dance which has become a tradition.

Festival promoters are looking for exhibitors who want to outreach to this growing community. Food vendors and craft
vendors are also being sought. Please call numbers below for more information.

Food, art and craft vendors may apply online at (click Vendors, Vendor Forms) or call
Latino Resources, Inc. at 515-279-0715. For cultural booths, contact Noemí Oyarzabal at or 515-245-2405.

To volunteer or for more information, please visit

                                   Latinos Unidos of Iowa Health Conference
                                               September 15, 2007
Latinos Unidos of Iowa will present their conference on health and its impact on their lives, families, and work at the Iowa
Historical Society Building in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Many plans are being made to make this a vital conference to address health issues in the Latino community and the impact
those issues have on their lives and in the larger community that they affect, including their jobs. Guest speakers and break
out sessions, mini clinics and Latinos Unidos Scholarship presentations will address many of the topics that they want to
learn about and share with the community. Please visit for more information on this
and other upcoming events.

UPCOMING EVENTS (From the Diversity@IowaState Calendar)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
8:00 p.m., Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair in Human Sciences Fall Lecture, Richard Florida, one of the world's leading public
intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation, free , Stephens Auditorium,
515-294-7800. [PO1056]
Thursday, September 20, 2007
8:00 p.m., Lecture, "American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood," Marie Arana, editor of Washington Post Book World, free, Sun
Room, Memorial Union, 515-294-9934. [MU1057]
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
8:00 p.m., Lecture, "Race and Abortion," Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Director of African American
Outreach for Gospel of Life, free , Sun Room, Memorial Union, 515-294-9934. [MU1058]
Thursday, September 20, 2007
8:00 p.m., Lecture, "American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood," Marie Arana, editor of Washington Post Book World, free , Sun
Room, Memorial Union, 515-294-9934. [MU1057]
Sunday, September 23, 2007
7:30 p.m., Theatrical performance, "The Yellow Rose of Suffrage," a one-woman play about Carrie Chapman Catt, performed by ISU
Theatre's Jane Cox, Fisher Theater, 515-294-7742 (ISU 150th event). More. [AR676]
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
8:00 p.m., Lecture, "Race and Abortion," Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Director of African American
Outreach for Gospel of Life, free , Sun Room, Memorial Union, 515-294-9934. [MU1058]
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
7:30 p.m., Lecture, "The Place of Gays and Lesbians in the Church," Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Roman Catholic nun, co-founded
along with Fr. Robert Nugent the New Ways Ministry, free , Sun Room, Memorial Union, 515-294-9934. [PO1062]
Friday, October 12, 2007
9:00 a.m., Legacy Migration, An on-campus visitation program for junior and senior high school students whose parent(s) graduated
from Iowa State, through 4 p.m., MU, 515 294-6525 (ISU 150th event). More. [PO1120]

ICIU Selects Passport to Prosperity Honorees

ICIU is pleased to announce the 2007 Passport to Prosperity: A Celebration of Iowa’s Immigrants and Refugees. Every year, ICIU
recognizes immigrants and refugees who commit their time and efforts to improving our community. This year’s honorees are: Eric
Idehen, Alba Perez and Swallow Yan. The 2007 celebration will take place September 29 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

Eric Idehen, originally from Nigeria, is the Vice President of Community Development at Wells Fargo in Des Moines. Eric also
founded and currently leads the non-profit organization, Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage based in Benin City, Nigeria. Alba Perez
who comes from Honduras serves as the Diversity Development Director at The Greater Des Moines Partnership. In her position at
the Partnership, Alba contributed tremendously to the formation of ALIANZA: Latino Business Association. The third honoree is
Swallow Yan who came to the US from China as a student. He currently serves as the Database Administrator at the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources and also as the Executive Director/President of the Chinese Association of Iowa.

More information about this event can be obtained by contacting Deborah Lake at or 515-282-8269 x 12.

                                      Ioway Heritage Weekend
                                Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
                                              Living History Farms
                                                2600 111th Street
                                              Urbandale, IA 50322

Learn about the tribe that gave Iowa its name and the people who were some of the state’s original
farmers. Native people first grew corn, and established the foundation of Midwestern farming. The 1700
Farm Interpreters and visiting presenters will provide insight into Ioway culture in the past and today.
This event is part of Iowa Archaeology Month. Please call 515-278-5286 for more information.

                                                     Thursday, September 27
                                         "Designing Humanity"
                                        Hamilton Cravens, Professor of History
                                         Sun Room, Memorial Union, 7 p.m.

The 2007 Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Scholar, Cravens will
  speak on his forthcoming book Designing Humanity: The Social and Behavioral Sciences,
1776-2001. A three-time recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, Cravens’ newest book is on the
                   changing notions of race in America since reconstruction.

            New course announcement: Introduction to African Politics

Political Science is delighted to announce the addition of POL S 347x, Introduction to
African Politics, to the Fall 07 schedule of classes. In this 3 credit course, Dr. David
Cunningham presents an introduction to the study of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Topics include basic understanding of African geography, the major trends in African
politics over the last 150 years, and of current issues facing Africans today, including
poverty, conflict, democratization, and AIDS. Several countries in Africa have been
selected for in-depth study related to the theoretical issues examined in the course.

The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:20pm. The reference
number for section 1A, which is for POL S majors only, is 8462005. The reference
number for section 1B, which is for majors other than POL S, is 8462010. Interested
students may add this course via AccessPlus.

                                        Breaking Down the Barriers
Come join the discussion at the Ames Public Library at 515 Douglas Avenue. The Ames Chamber of
Commerce will join Iowa State University and the community in a diversity initiative for the development of
ways that Ames can become a more welcoming community for a diverse population.

Next meeting: September 19th, 12pm - 1pm

                         Latino Heritage Month Celebration
   Saturday, 22 September 2007 at 8:00pm at the Memorial Union Sun Room
Everardo Y Su Flota will provide the evening's entertainment beginning at 9:00 pm. Everardo Y
Su Flota is a Chicago-based eleven-person orchestra that plays six genres of Latin music,
ranging from salsa to bachata. The opening ceremony speaker will be announced in August
2007. For more information, contact or call 515-294-9934.
Opening Reception & ELPS Social Justice Concentration Announcement

           Friday, September 7, late afternoon to early evening (still working on the details)
               Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (UUFA), Gallery in the Round
                                      1015 North Hyland Avenue

Dr. Vivyan Adair, Director of the ACCESS Project at Hamilton College and creator of the exhibit will
arrive in Ames on Saturday, September 22. She will provide two Sunday morning programs at the
UUFA on Sunday, September 23 at 9 and 11 am. Please visit for more information and photographs.

On Monday, September 24, Penny Rice, Director of the ISU Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, will
be contacting faculty who might be interested in inviting Dr. Adair into their classroom to talk about
Poverty and the Promise of Higher Education. If any of you are interested in having her speak in one
of your classes, please contact Penny at or 515-294-4154. This will be followed
by an ELPS Reception, mid-afternoon. More to be announced.

Invitations (hard copy and electronic) will be distributed early fall semester.

                                      Latino Conference
The Latino conference will take place on September 15, 2007 at the Historical Building at
600 E. Locust, Des Moines. The event will begin at 9:00 am and end around 3:30 pm.

                                    Latino Resource Fair
A Latino Resource Fair, sponsored by Latinos Unidos, Inc., will take place on Sunday,
October 14, 2007. It will be held in Des Moines at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1746 Des
Moines Street, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

For further information and updates on these and other events, please log on to


                                                2007 Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference
                                                   “Global Iowa – The Power of We”

                                         Conference: October 15, 2007 | Institute: October 16, 2007
                                         Iowa Events Center and Polk County Convention Complex

                                                        Featured Keynote: Chief Red Hawk
                                                             and Dr. Sondra Thiederman

                         For immediate information, contact Alice Vinsand, Conference Coordinator, at 515-225-1051

                                                           or visit

                         You may also contact Dawn Peterson, Executive Director of Friends of Iowa Civil Rights. Inc.

                                     PROPOSAL DEADLINE is Saturday, June 30, 2007

 Proposals will be evaluated by the planning committee and notification will be made by August 15 2007. Please click on
                 the link below to submit your proposal for the 2007 Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference:

                                                                    Proposal Form

Iowa Events Center and Polk County Convention Complex
Des Moines Parking #1
Des Moines Parking #2

Sponsored by Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. ("Friends"), an independent non-profit corporation, Iowa's Mosaic Diversity Conference is the premier

statewide training and networking opportunity for those interested in human diversity. It offers career development, professional and personal growth,

and will provide all participants unique opportunities to learn more about the wealth of diversity that exists in Iowa and strategies to benefit from this

diversity in their personal lives, work and communities. An exhibition hall will provide participants the chance to learn more about businesses,

organizations, agencies and others who advocate, embrace, and provide products or services related to various aspects of diversity.

The conference is held in a smoke-free environment.

The Diversity Conference Committee would like to acknowledge Artist Andy Chenchar for his work on the Conference logo.

This “Iowa Roots” website, produced by the Iowa Arts Council and under the direction of Dr. Riki Saltzman,
captures some of the variety of the state’s ethnic communities and their cultural expressions. From the website:

Iowa Roots features stories, music and talk with traditional artists from a variety of ethnic, geographic,
occupational and religious groups found in Iowa. In the past, American Indians, Europeans, Africans, Latinos
and Americans from the east sought refuge in Iowa. Now, in the 21st century, our state also includes peoples
from Asia and Africa. Today, Iowa is witness to a host of old and new traditions that enrich our culture — from
Meskwaki drumming to Norwegian hardanger embroidery, from African American Blues to Danish
smørrebrød, from Sudanese hairbraiding to Vietnamese phó, from Amish quilts and Amana wines to Bosnian
rugs and Mexican quinceañeras.

For information, contact Riki Salzman, Iowa Folklife Coordinator, at 515-242-6195 or

                                            Wednesday, October 24
     Listening to the Still Small Voice: The Life of George Washington Carver"
                                            Paxton Williams
                                    Great Hall, Memorial Union, 8 p.m.
Political science alumnus Paxton Williams portrays another Iowa State alumni - George Washington Carver - in
  this one-man play. Williams covers Dr. Carver's life as a scientist, educator and humanitarian as he take the
 audience on a journey from Civil War-era Missouri, to Carver's laboratory, to the halls of Congress to witness
                          the trials and ultimate triumph of the "Wizard of Tuskegee."

                           From the Office of Student Disability Resources…
Please confirm with your department that all textbook orders have been received for Fall 2007 courses. NOTE: Spring
text orders are due in the bookstore on October 1 (see
This is critical so all students (including students with disabilities) can have textbooks when classes commence. As
discussed in several meetings last year, staff may be in touch with the person responsible for assisting with text orders
regarding use of a departmental copy of the textbook for text conversion, if necessary. Additionally, syllabus statements
should be included in each course syllabus and reviewed orally early in the term to encourage students with disabilities
to work with the Student Disability Resources office to establish eligibility and determine reasonable accommodations, if
appropriate. See for sample syllabus statements.

                                                  Learn About Diversity
Did you know that diversity training videos are available for your use? A complete listing of
videos can be found online at (just click on the “Learn More
About Diversity” link at the lower right hand side of the webpage). You may want to rent one to view
on your own and use the self-guided discussion that accompanies it, or to use it for your own
department or group with the discussion guide for groups. A training specialist will also assist in
leading your group in a discussion and awareness experience with these videos. There is a $5
charge for rental of these videos. To rent a video, contact Training and Development at 3810
Beardshear Hall at 515-294-1070.

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) African Youth Initiative
Investing in Youths for National Development

The overall goal of this multi-year program is to expand the worldview of African high school students
and their teachers from Nigeria and Tanzania by providing them with an academic experience in the
U.S. The program is part of a national effort called "Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program"
which is being conducted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S.
Department of State. The program's main theme is transformational diplomacy that seeks to increase
the students’ understanding of human differences and tolerance, and to develop their capacity and
commitment to bring people together rather than divide them. In addition to their academic
education, they receive extensive training in conflict resolution and constructive dialogue processes.
They become familiar with U.S. organizations, institutions, and processes that promote democratic
interaction. These young Africans develop practical action plans that will be implemented when they
return to Africa to enhance civil peace and to promote an atmosphere of tolerance and development.

Our returning alumni have already begun to establish Peace Clubs in their high schools in Nigeria.
The 2007/08 academic year will mark the first year of Tanzania in the YES program.

To learn more about the YES program click here.

ISU Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity On-Line Training and Education

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity offers on-line training and education on sexual harassment and other forms of
harassment. It does not take long! Please take a few moments and complete these informative programs through Access Plus, click on
Web-based training.

Department or Individual Training and Education

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity, along with Human Resource Service’s Training and Development Staff, offers live,
informative education seminars to address specific areas of concern in your department. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity &
Diversity or the Human Resource Service’s Office of Learning and Development if you would like to arrange for educational

ISU defines diversity as that quality of its physical, social, cultural, and intellectual environment which
embraces the rich differences within the multiplicity of human expression and characteristics including:

Age, Culture, Ethnicity, Gender Identification and Presentation, Language and Linguistic Ability, Physical
Ability and Quality, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Socioeconomic Status.

President Gregory Geoffroy has approved several measures aimed at promoting a diverse and inclusive
atmosphere on campus. They include creating a four- member executive steering committee that will assess
progress in meeting university goals and assign responsibilities to the University Advisory Committee on
Diversity. The latter committee will be a broadly representative group that meets monthly. It will succeed the
President's Advisory Committee on Diversity. Details on diversity measures:

Membership on the Advisory Committee for Diversity Program Planning and Coordination has been set. This
committee succeeds the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity and is chaired by the associate provost for
faculty advancement and diversity (Susan Carlson). Eugenio Matibag is a member of the committee.
 > See

                                   College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
                                   ISU Sesquicentennial Celebration

                     Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities
                        Seek Nominations for Award Program

  The Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities is once again accepting nominations in eight
 categories to recognize outstanding Iowans in the area of employment of persons with disabilities.
 The awards will be given out in October 2007 as part of the Commission’s celebration of National
                             Disability Employment Awareness Month.

                                           The categories are:
1) Governor’s Award – given to an Iowan with a disability who has done the most to enhance the
empowerment and employment of individuals with disabilities
2) Commissioners’ Award – recognizes extraordinary and meritorious service of a service worker in
a public or private non-profit agency who has substantially contributed to advancing meaningful
employment for persons with disabilities
3) Distinguished Service Award – recognized extraordinary service of a volunteer who has
substantially contributed to advancing meaningful employment for persons with disabilities;
4) Youth Service Award – given to a youth with or without a disability who demonstrates initiative
that enhances the quality of life for persons with disabilities;
5) Outstanding Entrepreneur Award – given to an entrepreneur with a disability who has displayed
outstanding leadership and the initiative necessary to successfully own and operate a for profit
6) Employer of the Year Awards – recognizes large and small employers who have made
outstanding contributions in the employment of Iowans with disabilities
7) Media Awards – recognizes communications and communicators for accurately and progressively
portraying the employment of people with disabilities
8) Local Committee of the Year Award – recognizes and honors a specific activity, event or project
that demonstrates excellence in regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.
      For detailed nomination criteria and descriptions and the official nomination form go to the

              Commission page on the Division of Persons with Disabilities website at: and click on the link for the Awards
                       Nomination Form or e-mail

                                     Jackie Wipperman
                           Jackie Wipperman, Disability Consultant
                                  Client Assistance Program
                                Department of Human Rights
                             Division of Persons with Disabilities
                                 Phone: 800-652-4298 (v/tty)
                                    Phone: (515) 281-3656
                                       Fax: (515) 242-6119
                    Fall 2007 African American Studies Course Offerings
AF AM 201     Introduction to African American Studies
              Credits: 3
              Section offered: A MW 2:10-3:25pm
              Description: An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of African American culture.

AF AM 330     Ethnic and Race Relations
              Credits: 3
              Prereq: SOC 130 or 134
              Sections offered:      A1 MWF 11:00-11:50am
                                     A2 MWF 11:00-11:50am
                                     B1 MWF 2:10-3:00pm
                                     B2 MWF 2:10-3:00pm
              Description: Analysis of ethnic and race relations, particularly in America; emphasis on
                             the sociology and psychology of race and ethnic relations. Cross listed
                             as SOC 330.

AF AM 334     African American Religious Experience
              Credits: 3
              Prereq: Prior course in RELIG or AF AM recommended
              Section offered:      TR 11:00am-12:15pm
              Description: African American experience from the perspective of black religion and the
                             black church, with attention to political, economic, social, and spiritual
                             concerns. Cross listed as RELIG 334.

AF AM 347     Survey of African American Literature to 1960
              Credits: 3
              Prereq: ENGL 250
              Sections offered:      A1 TR 12:40-2:00pm
                                     A2 TR 12:40-2:00pm
              Description: Literature by African Americans from the beginnings to the 1960s. Cross
                             listed as ENGL 347.
AF AM 353     History of African Americans I
              Credits: 3
              Prereq: Sophomore classification
              Section offered:       TR 11:00am-12:20pm
              Description: African roots of Black culture, slavery, abolition, Civil War, and
                             Reconstruction. Cross listed as HIST 353.

AF AM 490     Independent Study
              As arranged; up to 6 credits in AF AM and permission of instructor and AF
                            AM Studies Program Director required.

Interested students should contact the course instructor during the first week of classes to inquire about
signing in to the course if AccessPlus indicates that the desired section is full.
                   Fall 2007 American Indian Studies Course Offerings

AM IN 210   Introduction to American Indian Studies
            Credits: 3
            Sections offered:     A MWF 9:00am-9:50am
                                  B MWF 10:00am-10:50am
                                  C MWF 11:00am-11:50am
                                  D MWF 3:10pm-4:00pm
                                  E TR 9:30am-10:45am
                                  F TR 12:40pm-2:00pm
                                  G MWF 1:10pm-2:00pm
            Description: Introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects of American Indian Studies.

AM IN 310   Topics in American Indian Studies
            Credits: 3 each time taken; maximum of 6 credits
            Sections offered:     A TR 12:40pm-2:00pm
                           B TR 11:00am-12:15am
            Description: Issues within specific topical areas of American Indian society and culture.

AM IN 315   Archaeology of North America
            Credits: 3
            Prereq: ANTHR 202 or 308
            Section offered:       TR 9:30am-10:50am
            Description: Prehistory and early history of North America as reconstructed from
                           archeological evidence; linkages of archaeological traditions with
                           selected ethnohistorically known Native American groups. Cross listed
                           as ANTHR 315.

AM IN 322   Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
            Credits: 3
            Prereq: ANTHR 210 or AM IN 210
            Section offered: TR 12:40pm-2:00pm
            Description: Origin, distribution, and traditional like of native peoples of North America.
            Cross listed as ANTHR 322.

AM IN 426   Topics in Native American Architecture
            Credits: 3
            Available for nonmajor graduate credit
            Section offered:      T 7:00pm-10:00pm
            Materials and Field Trips & Travel Fee $30.00-$90.00. Cross listed as ARCH 426.
                      Fall 2007 U.S. Latino/a Studies Course Offerings

LAS 211      Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies
             Credits: 3
             Sections offered:     1 MWF 11:00am-11:50am
                                   2 TR 2:10pm-3:30pm
             Description: A survey of the people in the United States who trace their origin to the
                            Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

ENGL 344     U.S. Latino/a Literature
             Credits: 3
             Prereq: ENGL 250
             Sections offered:    A1 MWF 11:00am-11:50am (Restricted to majors other than ENGL,
                                  A2 MWF 11:00am-11:50am (Restricted to ENGL, TCOMM majors only)
             Description: An introduction to the literature of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans,
                            Cuban Americans and other Latino/a subgroups.

SOC 332      The Latino/Latina Experience in U.S. Society
             Credits: 3
             Prereq: SOC 130 or 134
             Section offered:      A TR 12:40pm-2:00pm
             Description: Examination of the social, historical, economic and political experience of
                          varied Latino ethnic groups in the U.S.

POL S 332x Latino Politics
           Credits: 3
           Sections offered:       1A MWF 3:10pm-4:00pm (Restricted to POL S majors only)
                                   1B MWF 3:10pm-4:00pm (Restricted to majors other than POL S)

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