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UDC awarded more than $1,800,000 in grant money

imageSislena Grocer Ledbetter, Ph.D., Director of Counseling and Student Development Center and the Disability Resource Center has attracted more than $1,800,000 in grant funding over the past 3 years.   Much of this funding from SAMHSA has supported the UDC Counseling Center’s efforts to raise awareness and educate thousands of University of the District of Columbia students and District of Columbia residents about risk and protective factors associated with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and hepatitis through an initiative called Campaign 9:30.   Campaign 9:30, stands for “Every nine minutes and 30 seconds someone is infected with HIV” and was just awarded $893,000 over 3 years to continue work through 2016.

In 2014, The UDC Counseling Center was awarded $600,000 over 3 years to begin a Suicide Prevention Initiative from SAMHSA and authorized under the Garret Lee Smith Memorial Act. This program will be aimed at creating messages and promoting prevention efforts related to suicide.  Ledbetter’s efforts have also supported generated grants to support several workforce development internship opportunities funded by Morehouse School of Medicine for UDC students interested in pursuing careers in mental health.

Finally, The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) supported the first HBCU Disability Consortium housed at the University of the District of Columbia’s Disability Resource Center in collaboration with Syracuse and Howard Universities to address low college matriculation, retention and graduation rates for Black and African American students with disabilities.   This was awarded at $600,000 over a period of 3 years, with UDC retaining $424,000. For more information, please visit.  For more information, please visit