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PRI’s Tony Kahn to Keynote U’s Social Work Diversity Conference

March 21, 2003 — The Sixth Annual Students of Social Work Diversity Conference, which will feature Public Radio International’s Special Correspondent Tony Kahn as the keynote speaker, will be held March 28, 2003, in the auditorium (room 134) of the University’s Social Work Building, located at 395 S. 1500 E.

The half-day workshop, free and open to the public, will feature “We Save Them, They Save Us,” an exhibit of 18 three- by four-foot digital photographs of American pop culture taken by teenage refugees. The show will be displayed in the foyer of the University’s Social Work Building, March 24 through Apr. 4, 2003, and is also free and open to the public. The Exhibit hours are 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Second Annual Pete Suazo Social Justice Awards, to be presented by Alicia Suazo, widow of former Utah State Senator Pete Suazo, will be announced at the conference’s luncheon. Recipients are: Utah State Representative Duane E. Bourdeaux, executive director of Colors of Success/Center for Family Development; Barbara Toomer, disabled rights activist and member of the Disabled Rights Action Committee; Margie Delgado, advocate for the Salt Lake City Chicano population and a licensed clinical social worker; Judi Hilman, Utah Issues health policy analyst; and The Multi-Cultural Legal Center, for its Utah Multi-Agency Cultural Competency Curriculum.

No advance registration is required for the conference, however lunch reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-581-4428 or 801-585-1267. Cost of the luncheon is $5.

The conference agenda is as follows:

8-8:30 a.m.: Onsite conference registration and check-in, lobby, Social Work Building
8:30-8:45 a.m.: Welcome and introductions
8:45 -10:30 a.m.: Keynote address, “The Power of Diversity: How Outsiders Change Our World,” which will focus on contributions of immigrants and refugees to American culture, given by Tony Kahn, Public Radio International special correspondent.
10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45-11:45 a.m.: “We Save Them, They Save Us,” a discussion on diversity and the exhibit of digital photographs exhibited at the conference; presented by John Schaefer, director of The Children’s Media Workshop
12 noon: Second Annual Pete Suazo Social Justice Awards Luncheon in the Olpin Union Building’s Saltair Room
12:30-1 p.m.: Luncheon speaker, Theresa Martinez, Ph.D., U of U Department of Sociology
1-1:30 p.m.: Presentation of Pete Suazo Social Justice Awards by Alicia Suazo; remarks by recipients