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News Briefs

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Aug. 10, 2006 -- No. 367

Briefs

School of Dentistry receives
minority education leadership award

The UNC School of Dentistry has received the 2006 Leadership Award from the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP). The award recognizes the school's efforts to recruit, admit, retain and graduate underrepresented minority students. Minority students make up approximately 20 percent of the school's student body, and 65 African-American, Latino and American Indian dental students were enrolled in 2006.

NC-HCAP also gave special recognition to School of Dentistry faculty and staff members for their personal and financial support of the program, funded mainly through the school's Robert Wood Johnson Dental Pipeline Project. NC-HCAP aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities or other individuals from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds trained, educated and employed in the health professions.

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Grants available for youth
civic education programs

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a statewide partnership based at the UNC School of Government, is seeking grant applications from organizations working to prepare young people to be active, responsible citizens.

The consortium is particularly interested in programs that directly involve youth in local government or service-based projects as well as collaborations between community or school organizations. Grant awards are for one year and range from $1,000 to $10,000. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation provides funding for the grants.

To request an application, contact Kelley O'Brien at obrien@sog.unc.edu or (919) 962-8273. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 2. Further information about the consortium and its Small Grants Program can be found at www.civics.org/smallgrants.

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NC-HCAP contact: Renee King, (919) 966-2264, rhking@email.unc.edu
School of Government contact: Kelley O'Brien, (919) 962-8273, obrien@sog.unc.edu
News Services contact: Kyle York, (919) 962-8214, kyle_york@unc.edu