Alcorn receives grant for third straight year to support healthy student development

Lorman, Miss. (October 4, 2013) – Alcorn State University has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the competitive HBCU-CFE mini-grant program sponsored by the Morehouse School of Medicine to continue the highly successful “Journey of Understanding Project” launched in 2011.

This innovative initiative will engage student leaders in developing and implementing an experiential activity to raise awareness of behavioral health issues among students on campus, with a special focus this year on healing the wounds of discrimination. The culminating event will take place during Unity Through Diversity Week to be held in mid-April 2014.

Dr. Martha Ravola, associate professor of Human Sciences, and Dr. Derek Greenfield, director of Educational Equity and Inclusion, will serve as co-project directors for the grant. Ms. Dyann Moses, director of Counseling and Testing, and Mr. Alfred Galtney, post award programs manager, will also provide support for the project.

“I am delighted that we have been selected for this mini-grant for the third year in a row, as it will enable us to continue our efforts to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and help create a climate of well-being at Alcorn,” said Dr. Ravola.

According to Dr. Greenfield, “The grant again affirms our university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as the importance of positioning students at the forefront of social and behavior change.”


Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.