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01/31/94

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1994 You Can Make a Difference conference, "Cities in Crisis," Feb. 12

STANFORD -- "Cities in Crisis: Promoting Urban Change" will be the theme of the 11th annual You Can Make a Difference conference, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, on the Stanford University campus.

This year's program will address current issues in American cities and help participants work toward solutions.

The day will begin with a historical overview by Michael Kirst, professor in the School of Education, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and executive director of the Urban Strategies Council.

An afternoon town meeting will feature Belva Davis, co- host of KRON's "California This Week"; Susan Hammer, mayor of San Jose; and Tony Massengale, a community organizer from Los Angeles.

A series of workshops also will be held throughout the day, on such topics as "Reinvigorating the Economies of the Inner Cities," "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Welfare Reform," "Being Homeless: The Single Rent Occupancy Game," "Health Care Rationing: A Simulation," "Beyond the Brady Bunch: Families in Crisis" and "Environmental Justice: The Grass-Roots Approach."

Preconference events will include a slide show on contemporary mural painting and its role in the Chicano civil rights movement, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at El Centro Chicano; a student drama production, Maps and Legends, examining race, economics and power in American cities, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in Branner Lounge; and a sidewalk art exhibit by middle school students on "suburban reality" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, in White Plaza.

Other preconference events will include a poetry reading and panel discussion on women's condition in the underclass at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in Annenberg Auditorium, and a Coffee House "Urban Slam," featuring the San Francisco-based band Alphabet Soup at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11.

The You Can Make a Difference conference is the largest student-run conference at Stanford. It aims to inspire students and community members to consider issues beyond their usual experience and to explore avenues, both personal and professional, that can make a difference. It also invites students and community members to participate in community service projects, allowing them opportunities for direct service.

The conference is open to the public, with a registration fee of $10 general admission; $5 for Stanford faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Stanford students. The conference is free for Stanford students.

For more information and registration materials, call (415) 725-2872.

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