WMU News

Abron to go to United Nations conference

June 11, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- JoNina M. Abron, associate professor of communication at Western Michigan University, will head to South Africa in August to attend the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism.

Abron, who is the acting coordinator of the Southwest Michigan Coalition against Racism and Police Brutality, a grassroots organization that formed in Kalamazoo last year, will attend the conference, Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Durban, South Africa. The conference will include separate sessions for government officials and human rights activists.

Abron says attending the conference will provide her with "a rare opportunity."

"This is a setting where activists of color engaged in grassroots community organizing can unite to create a strong international network to fight racism in its various forms around the globe," she says.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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