Medical student volunteer efforts during pandemic celebrated with campus leadership award
M Response Corps honored as a group who has made a positive, meaningful, and lasting impact in surrounding communities through social action and community engagement
M-LEAD at the University of Michigan has honored the medical student-driven M Response Corps (MRC) with the Rosalie Ginsberg Dedicated Community Service Award through its Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards (MDSLA) program.
M-LEAD is s a collective of leadership educators who connect students to opportunities that empower them to create change on campus and in their community. The M-LEAD mission is rooted in a vision that all University of Michigan students will have access to leadership education and opportunities that empower and prepare them to create positive, sustainable change on their campus and in their community.
The Ginsberg Award recognizes an individual and group who have made a positive, meaningful, and lasting impact in surrounding communities through social action and community engagement.
Since the early days of the pandemic, the M-Response Corps has orchestrated group efforts, doing everything from triaging calls coming into the Michigan Medicine COVID hotline to providing childcare services to some of the front-line healthcare workers managing COVID patients in the hospital. More than 400 student volunteers also have sorted through donated personal protective equipment at the North Campus Research Complex, delivered groceries to vulnerable populations, and helped to reschedule patient appointments.
“The leadership demonstrated by our students to stand up, lead, and run MRC was incredible,” says Deborah R. Berman, M.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Medical School and faculty advisor for the MRC. “The work M Response Corps did (and may continue to do in the present and future) is remarkable, helpful, and so very meaningful.”
The MDSLA Awards Ceremony will be shown live at 6 p.m. on April 7.