PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: January 15, 2002
"Women on the Move" program seeks volunteer mentors for one-day
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.
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
"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)
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