Jan. 29, 2004

Contact: Santos Núñez, Multicultural Resource Center, (785) 864-4350.

KU to host Student Diversity Conference Feb. 7 for KU, Haskell students

LAWRENCE -- The Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Kansas will host its second annual Student Diversity Conference on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Kansas Union. The conference is open to all KU and Haskell Indian Nations University students.

The cost is $5, and students can register in advance or on-site. Registration for the conference, "We Are One Community," will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Kansas Union. Registration forms are available in the Multicultural Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Campus Life and online at www.mrc.ku.edu.

Marlesa Roney, KU vice provost for student success, will deliver the keynote address followed by breakout sessions on topics including "Understanding Whiteness, Recognizing Privilege," "Luscious Latinas: Evolution of a Stereotype" and "Increasing Cultural Awareness." The one-hour sessions will allow adequate time for interactive discussions.

The conference will include a service project; participants are asked to bring a children's book that will be donated to a local charity.

Sponsors include the KU Office of Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Resource Center, Diversity Peer Education Team, KU Memorial Unions and Coca-Cola.

For more information contact the Multicultural Resource Center at (785) 864-4350 or mrc@ku.edu.

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