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MUSC Education & Student Life Annual Report for 2010-2011

ESL Annual Report | National Coalition Building Institute

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) MUSC Campus Affiliate offers annual workshops to help create a more inclusive campus environment and provide interprofessional and intercultural experiences for students, staff, and faculty. A major goal of NCBI at MUSC is to infuse diversity into our various curricula and throughout the campus to prepare future health care providers and biomedical scientists to care for a diverse population.

Since its inception in 2007, over 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and practitioners have participated in the following NCBI modules: welcoming diversity, appreciating diversity, and/or handling controversial issues.

Issues of diversity are particularly relevant in health care education. When racial or ethnic backgrounds differ between patient and provider, communication issues may lead to suboptimal health care for ethnic minorities.

To determine the effect of NCBI’s work, we collaborated with Research and Assessment to conduct an IRB-approved study, “Effect of Diversity Training on Communication Skills,” with students from two colleges. The purpose of the study was to examine whether an intervention designed to promote appreciation for diversity and the understanding of and sensitivity to individual differences improved cross-cultural communication and empathy. Results showed that the intervention increased students’ scores on a measure of ethnocultural empathy and these effects were sustained for weeks after the intervention.

Additional major NCBI wins for 2010-2011 include the following:

  • trained approximately 630 students, faculty, and staff (MUSC and MUHA);
  • infused NCBI diversity standards into the curricula of four colleges: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and three programs in the College of Health Professions;
  • facilitated over 300 hours of prejudice reduction and diversity training by 19 members of the leadership team; and
  • selected to host the 19th Annual NCBI Campus Conference for the more than 65 international collegiate campus affiliates.

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