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UW United Multicultural Council Sponsors Informational, Fundraising Programs

February 29, 2016

University of Wyoming United Multicultural Council (UMC) students will host a program to combat hate speech and raise money to help with the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

UMC and UW’s Hillel student group sponsor an Anti-Defamation League workshop at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, and kosher food will be provided.

“The purpose of the training is to combat hate speech and micro-aggressions,” says UMC co-chair Rida Fatima. “Organizers want to meet with leaders on campus -- faculty, students and staff -- to discuss further change.”

For more information, contact Abi Cohen at acohen4@uwyo.edu.

UMC also is sponsoring a “Change for Change” fundraising campaign to raise money for victims of lead-poisoned water in Flint, Mich. The crisis started in April 2014 when water from the Flint River caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the city’s drinking water supply.

It is estimated that 6,000-12,000 of the city’s children have been exposed to high levels of lead, and may experience a range of severe health issues in the future.

The UW organizers will have a display table in the Wyoming Union breezeway through Friday, March 11, for those wishing to donate to the cause, Fatima says.

“Anyone can be involved through donating or joining our money-raising contest,” she adds.

For more information, contact Fatima at rfatima@uwyo.edu.


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