Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues

Josephine F. Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director

Minority Student Enhancement Program

The Minority Student Enhancement Program (MSEP) is part of an initiative to address and enhance the research and professional rehabilitation skills of African-American students and faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

MSEP provides minority students and faculty at local HBCUs with training and experience in disability issues, rehabilitation, and substance abuse research. The effort to enhance research and rehabilitation experiences for minority students and faculty has evolved from long-standing collaborative efforts between Central State, Wilberforce, and Wright State Universities. Essential to this effort are the unique and distinguished histories of Central State University and Wilberforce University, both of which have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to higher education opportunities for African-Americans.

The MSEP initiative is designed to expose students and faculty to rigorous rehabilitation research environments; to enhance specific areas of knowledge and skill development focusing on disability, rehabilitation, and substance abuse; and to foster and augment professional writing skills, which will permit students and faculty to become more successful professionals, clinicians, and grant applicants.

If there are further questions, please contact the SARDI Program or access the complete 2005 MSEP Manual offered below.

PDF file MSEP Manual (PDF)

Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STREAMS)

The SARDI Program recently finished its first year of participation in Wright State University's STREAMS Program. STREAMS is designed to encourage members of under-represented minority groups and students with disabilities to choose careers in cardiovascular-related research. The SARDI Program joined in the endeavor by hosting a WSU undergraduate student for the duration of the summer. Guided by faculty, the student completed an independent study related to "the changing age of HIV: sexual risk among older African American women living in rural communities."

For more information concerning the program, visit the STREAMS website.