UDC News


February 27, 2009


University Of The District Of Columbia, Division Of Student Affairs, Office Of Counseling And Student Development Awarded Two Grants From The Morehouse School Of Medicine HBCU Center For Excellence


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Counseling and Student Development has been awarded two grants from the Morehouse College of Medicine, HBCU Center for Excellence.  The HBCU Center for Excellence is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 2008-2009 grants are for the Substance Abuse Workforce Development Internship Program and a Mental Health Pilot Program.

The Substance Abuse Workforce Development Internship Program, a multi -year, $5,000 grant, will fund a student internship program, in collaboration with the faculty of the Department of Urban Affairs, Social Work, Counseling/Psychology and the Counseling and the Career Development Center to provide practical experience in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment.  Each of the six(6) student interns will receive a stipend of $1250 for a six (6 )month period.  They will conduct a needs assessment survey of selected students, develop a public service announcement and participate in capacity building activities with the Citywide Substance Abuse Coalition, in conjunction with the Howard University Center for Drug Abuse Research.  Selected students will also attend the Lonnie Mitchell Behavioral Health Policy Academy for team training in behavioral health policy and leadership.  Dr. Sandra Owens Lawson is the Project Director of the Substance Abuse Workforce Development grant.

The Mental Health Pilot Program, a multi-year $10,000 grant,  will provide training on mental health promotion to key components of the University faculty, staff and administration.  A range of activities will raise awareness of healthy lifestyles during Wellness week, including on line and self screenings.  A cadre of students will be engaged in various programs to promote leadership and career opportunities in the field of mental health.  Dr. Serena Butler-Johnson is the Project Director of the Mental Health Pilot Program. Dr. Sandra Shands-Strong is the Project Administrator and Evaluator.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sandra Owens Lawson, Acting Director, Counseling and Student Development at 202.274.5373, slawson@udc.edu or Dr. Janice Borlandoe, Acting Vice President, Division of Student Affairs at 202.274.5389, jborlandoe@udc.edu.





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