For Fall 2021 admissions, we added a third Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship track reserved for a candidate from an ethnically diverse background.
Increasing diversity, improving equity and promoting an environment of inclusion will be an ongoing process for the field of genetic counseling. The UofSC Genetic Counseling Program is focused on measurable impact. Peruse these initiatives aimed at promoting local, regional and national opportunities for students of ethnic minority backgrounds:
For Fall 2022 admissions, we added a Diversity Scholarship Track also reserved for a candidate from an underrepresented ethnic background.
As a national outreach to prospective students of ethnically diverse backgrounds, there are opportunities for reduced registration fees for our online course, Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future.
Our Mentoring Portal also has national outreach. We connect prospective students with UofSC GC students and alumni from diverse backgrounds to foster professional development and introduce potential applicants to the field of genetic counseling.
Our Summer Internship gives preference to regional prospective students of minority background, providing a hands-on experience in preparation for graduate education in genetic counseling.
Our Community Engagement curriculum integrates outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other learning institutions with diverse student bodies. Our students gain experience in education as they inform undergraduates about genetic counseling.
The Program's required reading and discussion materials have been infused with literature and other media exploring cultural insights so that we keep this conversation going.
And the list goes on!
As a Program we recognize these efforts will grow, evolve and, with measurable impact, make a difference to the genetic counseling profession and ultimately to those we serve.