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2007.07.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Dialogue on Graffiti Set for Boys and Girls Club

Omaha - Nine University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) graduate students and nine teens from the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club will lead an “Intergenerational Dialogue” on the problem of neighborhood graffiti and “tagging” with area community representatives Thursday, July 19.  The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 5051 S. 22nd St.

The UNO students have taken on the service learning project as part of a teacher education course titled “Language, Culture and Power” taught by Gigi Brignoni, assistant professor of English as a second language and literacy.  The teenagers who will attend the dialogue have formed a group called Teens Against Graffiti.  More than 40 South Omaha business and area community members have received invitations to take part.

“We hope this dialogue can be a starting point for new ideas that address the graffiti problem,” Brignoni said.  “Bringing our students, the teens from the Girls and Boys Club and this range of people from the community together will be a first.”

Funding for “Intergenerational Dialogue” comes from a grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education.

“I’m excited about this undertaking,” said Paco Fuentes, director of the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club. “I have a lot of faith in my Teen Club members and I think (collectively) they, along with the UNO students, faculty and community members, can really make strides in addressing this age old problem of graffiti and vandalism.”

For more information, contact Brignoni, at (402) 554-2604 or Fuentes at (402) 733-8333.

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