February 28, 2003
Astronaut is keynote speaker for ISCORE ethnicity conference
by Linda Charles
Astronaut John Bennett Herrington, the first Native American in space, will
give the keynote address for the fourth annual Iowa State Conference on Race
and Ethnicity (ISCORE) on March 7 in the Memorial Union.
Herrington was a member of the Endeavour crew that traveled to the
International Space Station last November. During the 11-day mission,
Herrington became the first Native American to walk in space.
The four-year-old Iowa State conference is modeled after the National
Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. That conference is
intended to help universities create inclusive environments, improve racial
and ethnic relations and expand educational opportunities for traditionally
The idea for the Iowa State conference came from Tom Hill, vice president
for student affairs and a long-time member of the national conference's
The ISU conference starts with a university course that sends 10 to 15
undergraduate students to the national conference.
Using what they learn at the national conference, the students develop
presentations for the university's conference.
"One of ISCORE's goals, is to increase and broaden discussion about
diversity on campus and to provide interested faculty, staff and students
opportunities to increase their knowledge of issues related to race and
ethnicity,"said David Bousquet, conference co-chair and assistant vice
president for enrollment. (Bousquet's last day at Iowa State is Feb. 28; he
leaves ISU for a position at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.)
The opening address for the ISU conference will be presented by Eugenio
Matibag, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, and Vicky
Lo, a senior in journalism and mass communication. Both attended the
national conference in 2001.
The university conference will include morning and afternoon concurrent
sessions. More than 30 sessions are scheduled. Topics will include an Asian
American student perspective, the dark side of college Greek life, George
Washington Carver in today's world, nontraditional students, eliminating
racism in classrooms, financial aid impact on minority students and steps to
The conference ends with an "ISU AfterDark Video Dance Party" from 9 p.m. to
1 a.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall.
The Iowa State conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March
7, in the Memorial Union; it is free. Registrations are requested by Friday,
Feb. 28, but late reservations will be accepted as room permits. Seating is
limited for lunch and the post-lunch keynote address.
Participants may attend the entire conference or individual sessions. More
information about the conference is available online at
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
Published by: University Relations,
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