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Inside Iowa State
Feb. 21, 1997

Multicultural task force set

by Steve Sullivan
Iowa State has established a new Multicultural Task Force made up of faculty, staff and representatives of student organizations.

The Multicultural Task Force will meet monthly to allocate funding for student-initiated projects that increase under- standing and break down barriers among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds on campus, said Dan Robinson, interim vice president for student affairs. Robinson and J. Adin Mann, associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, will co-chair the task force.

Projects with an educational focus that encourage collaboration and interaction among students will be given priority. The task force also will provide students with general advice and direction on diversity issues.

"The Multicultural Task Force is an exciting opportunity for the ISU community because communication and cooperation among groups is an important part of the survival and flourishing of any community," Mann said. "Issues that hinder cross- cultural communication and cooperation are very painful to see because there is so much that all groups can offer each other in support, resources and ideas to attain important goals."

Funds for the task force have been provided by the Office of the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs. The task force will operate out of the Lectures Program office, 69 Physics.

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