CIEE Access Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients


  • 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.

Learn more about the 2018 CIEE Access Grant


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.”


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.

Learn more about the 2016 CIEE Access Grant