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August 31, 2001 Contact: Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523; bpayne2@uic.edu



Mayor Richard M. Daley, along with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations and the Human Relations Foundation of Chicago, will celebrate the opening of Unity Month with a kick-off reception.

This year's celebration will explore contemporary concerns about group image and identity, as well as the impact of stereotypes on social status.

"Universities were designed to openly discuss issues related to cultural and ethnic heritage," said Ann Smith, UIC director of community relations and Unity Month committee chair. "With diversity being one of the hallmarks of our campus, UIC is extending an opportunity for all Chicago-area residents to celebrate our differences together."

"Participating in Unity Month will help Chicagoans not only recognize their cultural differences but begin thinking positively about their similarities."


Sept. 5 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Illinois Room Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted St.


The UIC Unity Month 2001 reception will open with a ceremonial blessing from the Native-American drum group Shki Bmaadzii with head singer R.J. Smith.

The Human Relations Foundation of Chicago designates September as Unity Month. For the fifth consecutive year, UIC is proud to participate in the celebration with a mix of provocative and entertaining events designed to increase sensitivity to issues of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and disability.

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