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Clarke Human Rights Group to Host Discussion on Socio-Economic Status

posted on March 16, 2007

The Clarke College Human Rights Action Group (HRAG) will host a panel discussion entitled “Exploring Myths, Prejudices and Stereotypes Surrounding Socio-Economic Status” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The panel will be moderated by Clarke Director of Student Life Cammie Dean and will feature a variety of experts from the Dubuque area. Dean is also co-chair of Faces and Voices diversity initiative and is president of the Dubuque NAACP.

Members of the panel include the following:

Rachel Daack, assistant professor of sociology at Clarke College, has researched urban and rural poverty and has studied the relationship between poverty and education.

Donna Loewen, Ph.D., principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Dubuque, works with the schools 350 K-5 students, with 75 percent of families qualifying for federal free/reduced price meals.  School leaders are faced with daily challenges to meet the needs of students living in poverty and having other pressing needs that present barriers to learning.

Kelly Larson, director of the human rights department for the City of Dubuque, oversees the department responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination within the city.  The department also attempts to prevent discrimination by offering educational sessions about discrimination law and training on ways to work effectively across differences.

Tom Stovall, executive director of Operation: New View Community Action Agency, oversees the public non-profit agency that serves Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson Counties.  The agency mobilizes federal, state and local resources to operate programs to serve the needs of low-income families and individuals.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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