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July 6, 2001

Purdue 'Voices of Diversity' workshop series
begins July 11

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Diversity Resource Office will present six workshops, from July 11 through Aug. 22, designed to enhance diversity on campus and beyond.

The summer workshop series, "Voices of Diversity," seeks to raise awareness of diversity issues and to improve the skills in creating more welcoming classrooms, workplaces and communities. Purdue faculty, staff, students and administrators as well as community members are invited to attend the free programs.

"We designed these workshops with other champions of diversity to reach a broad range of constituencies at Purdue and to make certain every voice is heard," said Dorothy M. Simpson-Taylor, Diversity Resource Office director. "We wanted these workshops to address both intellectual and behavioral strategies for encouraging diversity."

The six featured programs, their times and locations are:

• "Bridging Diversity Hotspots in the Classroom," 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 11, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 136. Intended for faculty and teaching assistants, this workshop will examine ways of creating an inclusive classroom where both students and instructors feel comfortable.

• "Global Diversity at Purdue," 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 112. Strategies for increasing intercultural understanding and dialogue will be shared by participants and presenters.

• "Valuing Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Diversity: Observances," 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, July 16, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 112. Attendees will discuss ways Purdue might appreciate and celebrate the contributions of racial and ethnic communities during special observance months and throughout the year.

• "Invisible Diversity at Work," 3-5 p.m., Monday, July 23, Krannert Building, Room G001. This session will explore strategies for hearing all voices of diversity in the work force and how diversity impacts everyone in a workplace or classroom setting.

• "Responding to Diversity Issues in the Media," 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, Krannert Building, Room G23. Participants are encouraged to bring tips and strategies for obtaining fair and accurate media coverage of diversity stories and issues.

• "Facilitating Diversity Workshops," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, Purdue Memorial Union, Room 256. Any advocate of diversity – educators, staff, students or community members – will learn how to develop their skills for presenting diversity sessions throughout the coming school year.

Seating for the sessions is limited. Please call (765) 494-7307 to register for any or all programs.

CONTACT: Dorothy M. Simpson-Taylor, (765) 494-7307;

Compiled by J. Michael Willis, (765) 494-0371;

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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