The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winners sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
With MetLife Foundation’s support, the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant competition will facilitate eight new higher education partnerships between the United States, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia. These grants will provide new exchange and training opportunities, with an emphasis on students who traditionally lack access to or are underrepresented in international exchange programs.
“We are proud to strengthen the partnership between higher education institutions across the Americas and to enhance the development of the students these institutions are preparing for leadership in the workforce and communities,” said Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation.
100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants fuel strategic partnerships among higher education institutions in the Western Hemisphere. The 19 new grant winning institutions announced today will provide ground-breaking exchange programs that will allow students to work in teams, gain technical skills, and become more competent for the global workforce. The Innovation Fund grants are $25,000 each, and grant-winning teams contribute additional resources to leverage and implement sustainable short-term study abroad programs in the Western Hemisphere. More than 1,700 higher education institutions are part of the Innovation Fund’s network.
Among the 19 grant winners there are two Argentine universities:
Davidson County Community College, North Carolina, United States / Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, Córdoba, Argentina; Forsyth Tech Community College, North Carolina, United States;
Guilford Tech Community College, North Carolina, United States
Expanding Access to Study Abroad in Argentina
Davidson County Community College (DCCC), through a partnership with Universidad Nacional de Villa María in Argentina, will create a Gilman scholarship-eligible, study abroad program that will enable Pell grant recipients to take a Humanities course abroad and provide them with a framework for examining and analyzing the history, geography, and distinctive cultural aspects of Argentina, along with basic Spanish language instruction. With the Innovation Fund grant, DCCC will be able to continue its commitment to and support of economically disadvantaged and underserved students in North Carolina to study abroad, and will open the course to other institutional partners, Guilford Technical Community College and Forsyth Technical Community College.
Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud Fundación H.A. Barceló, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stony Brook University School of Medicine, New York, United States
Cross-cultural Medical Education: Advancing a medical student exchange between an underserved area in rural Argentina and an academic medical center in New York
Fundación H.A. Barceló, School of Medicine and Stony Brook University School of Medicine are partnering to develop a course that will provide U.S. medical students with a first-hand experience of the social and health realities of underserved and marginalized populations in a remote area of Argentina through a one-month medical mission. Argentine medical students will learn about the current technologies and procedures used in hospitals through a month of clinical rotations at Stony Brook University Hospital. With these experiences, both groups will learn about the different health care systems of their host country and develop language and cultural competencies, while gaining experience in the diverse medical specialties, including obstetrics, pediatrics, and plastic surgery.