Mini-grants support broad diversity, equity and inclusion projects

June 22, 2017

Mini-grants support broad diversity, equity and inclusion projects

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion’s mini-grants are supporting DE&I projects across Michigan Medicine. Six 2017 projects span research to seminars to a garden. 

2017 DEI Mini-grant winners

Read about the 2017 mini-grant winners and the 2nd annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium.


2017 Mini-grant winners

Halley Crissman receives DEI Minigrant Award

Halley Crissman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Crissman’s team will create a library of job-specific training videos regarding transgender care competency to be piloted by the emergency department and ob/gyn.

Beverly Santiago receives DEI minigrant award

Beverly Santiago, Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Brynt Ellis and Carol Ziegler, Office of the UH/CVC Executive Director: The team will develop a series of stories by faculty and staff that highlight their experience with the LGBT community, with the goal of raising awareness and encouraging open dialogue.

Michaella Baker receives DEI Grant

Michaella Baker, Kavitha Ranganathan, Jennifer Waljee, Michael Englesbee, Department of Surgery – Section of Plastic Surgery: The team will conduct a research study to determine the influence of race and ethnicity on opioid prescribing and post-operative pain management.

Juanita Parry receives DEI minigrant award

Juanita Parry, RN, director of nurse recruitment and retention: Parry and her staff will create videos showcasing the viewpoints of diverse Michigan Medicine nurses and why diversity is valued within the organization.

Courtney Vanderlaan receives DEI minigrant award

Courtney Vanderlaan, Community Health Services: Vanderlaan’s team plans to build a raised bed garden where staff can grow produce to prepare ethnic dishes for departmental potlucks.

Kristen Verhey receives DEI minigrant award

Kristen Verhey, Cell and Development Biology: The department will create a student-run seminar series that invites underrepresented minority faculty members to interact with other faculty and students to help raise cultural awareness.

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