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Discussion at Drake to examine multiculturalism in Iowa

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Drake will host a discussion on the future of global citizenship and multiculturalism in Iowa and the ways in which the University can foster racial acceptance.


The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.


“The ultimate purpose of this dialogue is to promote acceptance regardless of ethnicity and to decrease the barrier between international and American students at Drake,” said Jody Swilky, professor of English. “Integrated gatherings between dominant and underrepresented groups are also likely to promote healthier and more informed relationships.”


Swilky and Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari will represent Drake as discussion panelists.


They will be joined by Iowa Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, founder of the Des Moines based non-profit Creative Visions Human Development Institute, and Ashlee Stoddard, Iowa International Center volunteer manager.


Infusing Global and Multicultural Understandings at Drake will facilitate the discussion. The organization, founded in 2010, represents University faculty, staff and students interested in promoting global connection through dialogue and service learning.

of multiculturalism and global understanding are directly tied to
Drake’s mission statement,” said Renee Cramer, associate professor of law, politics and society. “These concepts are integral
to graduating students who are preparing to
become ethical global citizens with meaningful personal and professional


For more information, contact event organizer Rizmel Dato Abdul Malik at rizmel.datoabdulmalik@drake.edu.