Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities at UTHSC Partners with LeMoyne-Owen College to Increase Interest of Minority Students in Joining Field of Developmental Disabilities

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Dr. Bruce Keisling will use a $40,000 grant from the Administration for Community Living to partner with LeMoyne-Owen College to generate more minority student interest in the field of developmental disabilities.

The UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and LeMoyne-Owen College are partnering to generate more minority student interest in the developmental disability field, thanks to a $40,000 National Training Initiative – Partnership Planning Grant. The award, made through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, is funded for one year.

“The Boling Center is very pleased to partner with LeMoyne-Owen College to bring together a diverse group of faculty, students and administrators to broaden career interests, knowledge base and cultural competence within the field of developmental disabilities,” said Bruce Keisling, PhD, associate director of the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and principal investigator for the grant. “The objective is to create a sustainable partnership with a historically black college or university to serve as a pipeline for minority student recruitment, training in the disability field, and enhancing the cultural competency of all participants.”

With this project, the Boling Center and LeMoyne-Owen hope to generate more African-American interest, develop more opportunities for people with disabilities, promote cultural competence in the disability field, and enhance the skills of faculty to deliver timely and culturally competent training and services to the students they serve.

For more information on the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, visit www.uthsc.edu/bcdd, or follow the center on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BolingCenterForDevelopmentalDisabilities/. For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, visit www.loc.edu.

The Administration for Community Living is dedicated to spreading the word about and providing resources for the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities of all ages. For more information, please visit www.acl.gov.