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Dr. Bauer awarded Diversity Innovation Grant

Dr. Alexandria Bauer was awarded a Diversity Innovation Grant on Developing a Cultural Humility Toolkit for Mental Health Service Providers through the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Innovation Grants Program at Rutgers. Cultural humility is defined as self-awareness of one’s own cultural background, with an intentional focus and value for others’ cultural values, identity, and experiences.1,2 This project aims to develop a resource toolkit to promote a sense of cultural humility among mental health service providers (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers), with a spotlight on integration of these factors in clinical practice. The goal is to create accessible resources that are broadly applicable and focused on practical skill-building for working with diverse populations, in order to reduce systemic racism and discrimination among mental health care providers. Dr. Bauer is conducting this project with a team of collaborators, including Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies faculty, students, and community practitioners. The team hopes this will lead high quality mental health care that values their identities and lived experiences for all.


1 Tervalon, M., & Murray-Garcia, J. (1998). Cultural humility versus cultural competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 9, 117-125. 2 Greene-Moton, E. & Minkler, M. (2019). Cultural competence or cultural humility? Moving beyond the debate. Health Promotion Practice, 21(1), 142-145.