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2007.06.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS Director to Attend National Rural Assembly June 25-27

Omaha - Lourdes Gouveia, the director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), will attend the first National Rural Assembly in Washington, D.C., Monday through Wednesday, June 25-27.

The event will bring together rural leaders and Rural People Rural Policy (RPRP) Initiative participants from across the country who will gather to initiate a dialogue at the federal level about the critical issues facing rural America.  OLLAS and Nebraska Appleseed have been extensively involved in the creation of the RPRP, a new national policy network, organized and funded by the W.F. Kellogg Foundation. The goal of the RPRP is to bring together a diverse group of academic and non-academic leaders knowledgeable about rural issues, from across the country, to create a meaningful voice for rural Americans on local, state and national policy.

“This conference will bring together a variety of different viewpoints from around the nation to examine the various important issues facing rural America,” Gouveia said.  “The issue of immigration, both where we are today and in the future, will be very much part of the discussion.”

OLLAS and Appleseed were selected to participate in the RPRP based on their ongoing efforts to promote integration and civic participation among new immigrants settling in rural communities across Nebraska.  As a new gateway state, rural communities in Nebraska face new challenges that affect newcomers’ access to education, healthcare, housing, economic opportunity and justice.

To learn more about the W.F. Kellogg Foundation’s Rural People Rural Policy Program visit: http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=75&CID=274&NID=61&LanguageID=0

For more information about Nebraska Appleseed, visit www.NeAppleseed.org.  For more information on OLLAS, visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas/.

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