Free outreach event at UM-Dearborn introduces socially and economically disadvantaged women and men to post-secondary education

February 21, 2008

DEARBORN / Feb. 21, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn is gearing up to host its annual “On the Move: College is an Option!” event, a free one-day outreach program dedicated to introducing socially and economically disadvantaged women and men to post-secondary education.

“On the Move” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at the campus’s Fairlane Center North Building, located off of Hubbard Drive. To register for the free event, call 313-583-6511 by Friday, March 7.

Beverly Alexander, manager of the Detroit Recreation Department, and Judge Annette Berry of the Third Circuit Court will speak at the event.

“The goal of this community outreach effort is to assist participants in realizing the importance of a college education in their efforts to become financially independent,” according to Monica Porter, a member of the event’s planning committee and director of UM-Dearborn’s Women’s Resource Center. “Many ‘On the Move’ participants are referred to this event by domestic violence shelters, social service agencies, and community support groups, however the program is open to all.”

Accompanied by volunteer mentors, participants attend a college course; hear a panel discussion of returning students who share their own college experiences; and receive information on how to apply for college, register for classes, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Representatives from local colleges, universities, and service organizations will staff informational tables.

The event is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Office of the Provost, UM-Dearborn’s Commission for Women, the Business and Professional Women of Dearborn, and the American Association of University Women, Dearborn branch.

The “On the Move” program also is seeking volunteer mentors. For information on becoming a volunteer mentor, or for more information about the event, contact the UM-Dearborn Women’s Resource Center at 313-583-6445.


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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn