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DATE: April 18, 2003

'Women on the Move' is May 1

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's "Women on the Move-College is an Option!" program will hold its second event of the year from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1 to accommodate the demand of women interested in pursuing a post-secondary education.

The event is one-day program that introduces UM-Dearborn to socially and economically disadvantaged women receiving services through area non-profit agencies.

"The growing number of women who need to become financially independent is increasing tremendously," according to Nancy Lemkie, who leads the CASL College Outreach Program and the Women on the Move committee. "The Women on the Move program offers the opportunity for women to see education as a means of independence. Each year the program grows, testifying to its importance to the community."

The program pairs volunteer mentors with metro Detroit women to learn about campus support groups and how other women deal with the challenges of returning to school.

Participants will attend classroom presentations by Suzanne Bergeron, assistant professor of women's studies and social sciences and associate director of the Women's Studies Program; Moulouk Berry, visiting assistant professor of Arabic language and literature; Rashmi Luthra, associate professor of communication; and Pamela McAuslan, assistant professor of psychology.

Cylenthia LaToye Miller, director of Detroit's Employment and Training Department, and Beverly Coleman, project coordinator of the School as the Heart of the Community program in the Empowerment Zone of the Detroit Recreation Department, will speak at the May 1 event.

More than 25 local service organizations will staff information tables at the event.
The program is a collaboration among the Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United Way Community Services of Detroit; the Business Professional Women's Organization; and the American Association of University Women of Dearborn and Livonia.

For more information about the program, contact Lemkie at 313-593-5553.

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