CIEE Access Grant Recipients
2020 Grant Recipient
CIEE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2020 $20,000 ACCESS GRANT:
- University of Houston (UH) for their program “National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Project – Ghana”
The $20,000 award will enable 20 students from University of Houston, (UH) which is both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) to travel to Ghana and explore the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the context of a developing nation.
The Grand Challenges were proposed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to raise public awareness of the biggest issues facing humanity in the 21st Century. From affordable solar energy to access to clean water, advanced health informatics to better medicines, the challenges are also meant to inspire young engineers into action. UH plans to use this faculty-led program to introduce students to these challenges, cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and gain insight into the approaches a developing nation might take to address the challenges.
According to UH’s Instructional Associate Professor & Director, Jerrod Henderson, the program “will offer students insight into the challenges Ghana faces in the context of Ghanaian culture, technological advances, workforce, and K-12 population.” Dr. Henderson also serves as the director of the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES) at UH which was formed to promote engineering recruitment and retention among students from traditionally underrepresented groups. More than 40% of UH students are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and more than 46% are first generation college students.
The CIEE Access Grant is part of CIEE’s longstanding commitment to expand study abroad opportunities for students underrepresented in international education. In addition to the $20,000 grant, CIEE awards more than $8,000,000 a year in scholarships and grants, so all students who want to experience study abroad, can do so.
2019 Grant Recipients
CIEE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SELECTION OF TWO CIEE $20,000 CIEE Access Grant WINNERS:
- California State University, Northridge (CSUN) For Their Program, From Apartheid To Today: Black Deaf Activism, Culture & Education In South Africa
- Gallaudet University, Sign Language Of Spain (LSE) And Spanish Deaf Culture In Madrid
The selected programs stood out from nearly 200 submissions for their innovative focus on Deaf students and minority groups in both a historical and regional context.
CSUN students will compare and contrast the history, language, and culture of black, Deaf people in the U.S. with the history, language, and culture of black, Deaf people in South Africa. While Gallaudet students, already bilingual in American Sign Language (ASL) and English, will gain insight into their own identity by comparing and contrasting their own culture to that of the Deaf community of Spain.
Both schools acknowledged the limited study abroad opportunities available to Deaf students. According to CSUN Assistant Professor Lissa Stapleton, “There are limited, if any, study abroad programs that cater to Deaf people of color and provide Deaf college students and Deaf studies majors an opportunity to learn various African sign languages, engage with Deaf African sociopolitical, educational or cultural life, or immerse themselves in non-white international Deaf communities.”
Dr. Amanda Holzrichter, Chairperson of World Languages & Cultures at Gallaudet University concurred. “A study abroad program in a foreign sign language would fill a gap in the current repertoire of study abroad offerings and open a door to American Deaf students that has heretofore been closed to them.”
The CIEE Access Grant is part of CIEE’s longstanding commitment to expand study abroad opportunities for students underrepresented in international education. In addition to the $20,000 grant, CIEE awards over $5,000,000 a year in scholarships and grants, so all students who want to experience study abroad, can do so.
Past CIEE Access Grant Recipients
2018 Grant Recipient
Increasing STEM, Cultural and Global Competencies of Bronx Community College of the City University of New York Students through Sustainability Activities on Palma de Mallorca
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is pleased to announce Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (BCC/CUNY) is the recipient of the $20,000 2018 CIEE Access Grant.
BCC/CUNY offers more than 30 academic programs that prepare students for careers and/or to continue their education at four-year colleges. It was founded in 1957 to meet the growing need for access to higher education in the borough of the Bronx. The $20,000 grant will support an innovative cultural and sustainability program in Palma de Mallorca and open doors for BCC/CUNY students who have never studied abroad.
Dr. Neal Phillip, chairperson and professor of the Chemistry and Chemical Technology Department at BCC/CUNY, will work with CIEE’s Faculty-Led & Custom Programs team and Antonia Ferriol, resident director of CIEE’s Study Center in Palma de Mallorca to create and execute the program.
Students from BCC/CUNY will travel to Palma de Mallorca and take part in an intensive program designed to monitor the effect of weather, climate, and water quality.
2017 Grant Recipient
REFLECTING ON AFRICAN IDENTITY FROM AFAR
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is delighted to name Tennessee State University (TSU) the recipient of the 2017 CIEE Access Grant.
TSU, located in Nashville, is the only publicly funded, historically black university in the state. The $20,000 grant supported an innovative faculty-led study abroad program in Paris. Faculty used the grant to open doors for TSU students who had never before traveled abroad or who didn’t have the resources to participate in an international experience.
Offering a Unique Perspective
TSU and CIEE’s Faculty-Led & Custom Programs (FAC) team worked together to create and execute a program entitled, “Intersecting Lives: Reading African-American Literature through a Black Feminist Lens.”
Students examined works of African-American literature from a Black feminist perspective. TSU faculty Rebecca S. Dixon, Ph.D., and Jennifer L. Hayes, Ph.D., authored the winning proposal and led the program in June 2017. They introduced students to intersectionality, a term that encourages readers to see the interlocking oppressive aspects of identity.
“Paris holds a special place in the hearts of many writers; especially those obsessed with the Harlem Renaissance. During this period, African-American artists of diverse genres flocked to the city to escape the realities of a racist society,” Dixon and Hayes wrote in their proposal.
“Yet, 21st century Paris does not resemble its mythologized past. Terrorism, racism, and xenophobia plague the city of lights and the United States alike. Therefore, Paris is less a writer’s retreat and more a place where African-Americans have boldly investigated their own identities outside of the United States.”
2016 Grant Recipient
Global Maritime Abroad Collaboration (GMAC)
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange awarded the first CIEE Access Grant to Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). NTCC, based in Louisiana, used the $20,000 grant to support an innovative faculty-led study abroad program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The grant opened doors for NTCC students, who have never traveled abroad before or who didn’t have the resources to study abroad, to participate in an international experience.
NTCC and CIEE’s Faculty-Led and Custom programs team worked together to create the Northshore Technical Community College Global Maritime Abroad Collaboration (GMAC) program for freshmen and sophomores pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including industrial maintenance technology, drafting and design, industrial electrician, and welding. The program focused on providing workforce training and industry credentials that were relevant to NTCC students’ future employment and offered intercultural skills training that helped prepare them to enter the global economy following graduation.