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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: January 15, 2002

UM-Dearborn's "Women on the Move" program seeks volunteer mentors for one-day event

DEARBORN--- "Women on the Move--College is an Option!" a one-day program that introduces the University of Michigan-Dearborn to women receiving services through area non-profit agencies, is looking for volunteer mentors to assist the 250 metro Detroit women who will visit campus on March 21.

Mentors will be needed on the UM-Dearborn campus, located at 4901 Evergreen Rd. between Ford Road and Michigan Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The women intend to further their education, an opportunity they may not have previously had. They will learn about classroom requirements, campus support groups and how other women deal with problems they have encountered in returning to school.

"By pairing each woman with a mentor for the day, we want to give her the additional encouragement to take the next step toward attending college," according to Nancy Lemkie, CASL development officer and adjunct lecturer in education. "It is primarily through additional training that women can begin to achieve economic independence."

The program, which is in its fifth year, is a collaboration among the Women's Studies Program and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United Way Community Services; the Business Professional Women's Organization; the American Association of University Women; Soroptimist of Flat Rock and numerous human service organizations in the area.

Accompanied by mentors, participants will learn how to apply to college, register for classes and apply for financial aid and scholarships. There will be panel discussions by returning women students from UM-Dearborn who will share their own college experiences.

Brenda Lawrence, mayor of the city of Southfield, will be the event's keynote speaker.

To volunteer as a mentor, call Patricia Schlaff at (313) 593-5353. For additional information on the March 21 event, contact Lemkie at (313) 593-5553.

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