Aug. 7, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU Director Receives Cohen Research, Innovations Grant

YPSILANTI – Chris Wood Foreman, director of Eastern Michigan University’s American Humanics program, has received the 2003 Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Innovation and Research Grant.

Foreman, who was selected from 25 directors nationwide, received the $2,000 grant at the recent American Humanics Campus Director Professional Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Foreman, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, will use the grant to research operating guidelines for members of the EMU advisory board. The guidelines will be used as a model for all American Humanics university members.

The Cohen grant program supports the curriculum, enrollment and development of American Humanics programs nationwide. The award aims to encourage research in non-profit management education, generate new ways to help students achieve required professional competencies and develop new approaches for attracting students to the program.

EMU’s American Humanics program, which began in 2001 and has 25 students, prepares students to work in a leadership role with a nonprofit organization. The program focuses on developing skills – motivating volunteers, writing grants, interacting with people and working with youths – that are specific to running a nonprofit agency,

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and non-profit organizations that prepare and certify college students for professional careers in youth and human service agencies. American Humanics is affiliated with more than 75 colleges and universities nationwide and partners with 15 national non-profit organization including Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way and the YMCA.