July 13, 2017

Diversity grant to fund study of medical students’ cultural skills

Many U-M students engage in low-resource settings domestically and around the world, encountering people from many different cultures or backgrounds

Brent Williams, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the GHD Path of Excellence Program

A new diversity seed grant aims to help UMMS leaders study the cross-cultural acumen of students engaged domestically or internationally in low-resource settings.

Global Health & Disparities (GHD) Path leaders, in collaboration with Global REACH, recently garnered the award from the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), part of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The grant will fund a baseline study to measure students’ cross-cultural skills as GHD program leaders prepare to launch a new cultural sensitivities training program early next year.

Many UMMS students — and nearly all GHD Path students — engage in low-resource settings domestically and around the world, encountering people from many different cultures or backgrounds.