The Michigan Daily --Tuesday, January 17, 1989 - Page 5
Health sci. expands recruitment
Michael Wilson, a first-year medical student and member or
UCAR, speaks yesterday at a forum on a proposed manda-
tory class on racism.
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
Social Work Prof. Beth Reed,
chair of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs,
told 150 people at the Michigan
League yesterday that a course
dealing with racism and sexism is
necessary to break down ingrained
"(Stereotypes) shape how you
see the world, but more impor-
tant, how you evaluate it," Reed
Faculty and students developed
a class addressing such issues,
University Course 299, and pro-
posed it last fall.
UC 299 will become manda-
tory for LSA students if the pro-
posal is approved by the LSA
Executive Committee and the
LSA faculty this term. It has al-
ready been approved as an elective
by the LSA Curriculum Com-
Reed and Warren Whatley, an
associate professor of economics,
outlined the UC 299 proposal as
part of a Martin Luther King Day
seminar. It includes:
-a discussion of the concept of
-an outline of the history of
racial discrimination and inequal-
-a discussion of the origins of
racism and institutional racism;
-exposure to the culture of
people of color through literature;
-a comparison of racial dis-
crimination to other forms of so-
cial discrimination, and;
-an analysis of current prob-
lems of racial discrimination and
how change may be brought about
to correct these problems.
BY MICHAEL LUSTIG
Second in a two-part series
For most of 1987, representatives
from the University's five health
science schools met regularly to de-
vise ways to improve recruitment
and retention of minority students in
And in the year since their report,
Minority Student Recruitment
Initiatives, was released and dis-
tributed to the deans of the schools
who originally asked for it - the
Medical School, Dental School,
School of Nursing, College of
Pharmacy, School of Public Health
and the University Hospitals - have
begun to implement new recruitment
and retention programs tailored to
their own needs.
The report recommended increas-
ing contacts between minority stu-
dents and faculty members, primarily
in advisor or mentor roles.
"It's hard to get students here if
you don't have the faculty role mod-
els," said Joanne Lound, assistant to
the vice provost for medical affairs.
Medical School officials realize
there are very few minority profes-
sors and house officers, or residents,
to serve as role models, said Mar-
garet Woodbury, assistant dean for
student and minority affairs.
The smaller schools have a built-
in advantage to forming close ties
between students and faculty mem-
bers. The College of Pharmacy had
211 students enrolled last term and
all incoming students are assigned an
advisor. "Everyone is easily access-
able," said Valener Perry, assistant
dean for student services.
The schools are also relying more
on their alumni for help in locating
prospective students and building on
Dentists visit Wayne St. Univer-
sity,.U-M Flint, and U-M Dearborn
monthly to talk with students, said
Donald Strachen, assistant dean for
Dental School alumni also help
locate students and have a scholar-
ship fund set up, he added.
This year, for the first time,
Lound said, planners of University
Hospitals have written into their
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long-range plans specific programs
designed around the special needs of
minorities. They have taken a further
step to show commitment to these
programs by declaring deadlines by
which programs must be in place
and goals must be reached, she said.
This includes placing more
women and minorities in faculty,
house officer, and administrative po-
sitions. Progress reports for individ-
ual departments in the Medical
School are required every few
months, she added.
For example, by June of 1990,
the school will have in place a pa-
tient care research program in
obstetrics and gynecology, showing
the special problems of minority
"We put our name on the line" by
setting the deadlines, Lound said.
Other health science schools have
implemented new programs in re-
sponse to the report.
The College of Pharmacy began a
program to attract undergraduates to
careers in pharmacy research last
summer. It is open to all students
"with particular attention to minori-
ties," said Perry.
For 10 weeks, students go
through an intensive research pro-
gram, Perry said. They are housed in
University residence halls, receive a
$2,400 stipend, receive free air fare if
they live out-of-state, and get a pass
to use University recreation facili-
In its first year, Perry said, the
college accepted 10 out of nearly 100
applicants to the program. Six of the
10 were women and five were mi-
norities, she said.
The School of Nursing has begun
making campus visits to predomi-
nantly Black colleges to recruit stu-
dents to its graduate programs. Rep-
resentatives of the School of Nurs-
ing visited Dillard University in
New Orleans last fall and will go to
Hampton College in Virginia next
fall, said Frank Smolinski, assistant
director of admissions.
The Medical School and School
of Public Health are also recruiting
at predominantly Black colleges to
attract students to its graduate pro-
grams, Lound added.
Next month, Woodbury will go
to the University of Southern Cali-
fornia for a recruitment program
primarily targeted at Latino students,
she said, adding that the Medical
School holds recruitment programs
in New York and California on al-
The School of Public Health has
established the Detroit-Area Re-
cruitment Advisory Board to encour-
age health care professionals and re-
cent college graduates to pursue ad-
vanced study, said Margaret Warrick,
director of student services. Some of
the school's new minority students
came through this program, she
The Kellogg Foundation will
soon provide grant money to the
nursing and medical schools for re-
cruitment programs. The nursing
school plan would locate counselors
in high schools and use them to find
prospective students, Smolinski
said. The grant might include some
scholarship money as well, he added.
Smolinski said the nursing
school would like to establish an
exchange program for professors to
go to predominantly Black colleges
for a term, but he said he didn't
think the grant would be large
enough to do that.
In the Medical School, Kellogg
funds will bring counselors to the
University for intensive research
programs, Lound said.
One problem that all schools
have had to face is funding, or lack
of it. "We haven't had a significant
increase" in funding for recruitment
and retention programs, Woodbury
The Medical School received
some additional funds from the office
of the vice provost for minority af-
fairs to participate in an open house
for prospective students in Chicago
last fall, she said, but had to provide
some of its own money as well.
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Gay Greeks paint rock
to mark MLK Day
BY KRISTIN HOFFMAN the Greek system.
Three students braved the chill "I know the Greek system is
early yesterday morning with paint ing to be around," said Mark Ch
brushes in hand to send a message to who helped with the painting. "W
their brothers and sisters in the who help w ae it "V
Greek system. like to help make it a mf
In commemoration of Martin comfortable place for lesbians,
*Luther King Day, they decided to men, and bisexuals to live and
paint the rock located on Hill and ticipate with their houses."
Washtenaw with their own personal The rock was first washed o
But the slogans they chose were
different then the usual fare of greek
letters. These students - who be-
long to an organization called Les-
bian and Gay Greeks - wanted to
make a statement concerning the in-
equalities they've experienced within
with white paint, then the slogan
"Rush for and Celebrate Diversity"
was spray painted in pink and blue.
Other symbols and messages were
added to the rock, including "MLK
Day '89," Lesbian and Gay Greeks,
and the symbols that represent two
women and two men.
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