PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: March 8, 2004
'Women on the Move' program returns
DEARBORN---"Women on the Move-College is an Option!" a free
program that introduces the University of Michigan-Dearborn to socially
and economically disadvantaged women receiving services through area non-profit
agencies, will be held Thursday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
in the Social Sciences Building (formerly the School of Management Building).
"The growing number of women who need to become financially independent
is increasing tremendously," according to Pamela McAuslan, co-director
of the event. "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. Participants of
the program repeatedly thank the community for their shared interest in
The program, which is in its seventh year, 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. 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.
Third Judicial Circuit Court referee Kelly Ramsey 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 be
the keynote speakers for the March 18 event.
A number of local service organizations will staff information tables
at the event, including the Head Start Family Service Center, L.I.F.T.
Women's Resource Center, Transition of Prisoners (TOP) Inc., Tri-Cities
Tobacco Reduction Coalition, Post-Release Opportunities for Vocation and
Education (PROVE), and Women in Community Service (WICS).
Representatives from Concordia College, Henry Ford Community College,
Macomb County Community College, Madonna University, UM-Dearborn, Washtenaw
County Community College, Wayne County Community College, and Wayne State
University will provide information on higher education services.
The program is a collaboration among the Women's Studies Program and
the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn; United Way Community Services
of Metropolitan Detroit; the Business Professional Women's Organization;
the American Association of University Women of Dearborn; and numerous
human service organizations in the area.
A second Women on the Move event will be held Thursday, May 13 on the
For more information about the Women on the Move program, contact Patricia
Schlaff, co-director of the program at (313) 593-5353 or McAuslan at (313)