Thursday, February 21, 2008

Union Institute & University Receives Grant from Helen Steiner Rice Fund, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Grant will fund a three-year project for leadership and social responsibility

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) has been awarded a grant from The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). The $75,000 award will be dispersed in $25,000 increments over the next three years and provide funding to support UI&U’s presidential lecture series; Presidential Forum: Leadership Opportunities and Social Responsibility in An Age of Accountability.

UI&U will partner with the Academy of Medicine to present the first forum, “Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society,” on April 17 at Duke Energy Center. The day-long event will feature keynote speakers Edward O’Neil, M.D., and Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger Sublett, president of UI&U, said about the award, “UI&U and the Academy of Medicine are so grateful to The Helen Steiner Rice Fund and GCF. We applaud their foresight in funding the Presidential Forums, which will allow UI&U to showcase our emphasis on social justice and global issues, as well as make use of our network of our faculty and alumni around the country who are making a difference in our world. Our goal is to provide information and opportunities for all of us to come together to identify and address current social issues and see first-hand how engagement at the local level can create solutions at the global level.”

Dr. O’Neil is the author of Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service. He is the founder the non-profit organization Omni-Med, ( which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership.

Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, a graduate of UI&U’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary studies, runs Care Response Madagascar Foundation – a locally-based organization that provides extensive relief efforts to Madagascar, particularly in the remote Toamasina/Tamatave region.

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