Our Grant and Funding
An Excerpt from the Grant: "...LaGuardia will offer its first study abroad program in an academic area that is known for its close ties to its students and that has successfully engaged its students in imaginative projects. The first study abroad program for Chile will feature the visual arts, a program housed in LaGuardia's Department of Humanities. The visual arts have thrived at LaGuardia, not only because of the College's proximity to the vibrant international arts communities of New York City and the availability of first-rate artists ansd scholars as full-time and part-time faculty, but because the College has provided first-rate arts facilities. The painting studios have glorious, sun-filled spaces because of skylights. The photography program recently moved to larger quarters that feature its own gallery space. Indeed, to work or study at LaGuardia is to be surrounded by the visual arts. From the founding of the campus, vast expanses of long corridors have been hung with changing exhibits of student art work.
...Beyond choosing an extremely successful program to inaugurate study abroad at LaGuardia, the College will initially offer a short-term program (i.e., four weeks) in order to mitigate student misgivings about being absent from their families and jobs. Finally, LaGuardia will do everything possible to reduce the cost of the program for the students (e.g., favoring hostels over hotels, picnics over restaurant meals, and regions of Chile over Tuscany or Provence)."
The Grant Narrative was written by the LaGuardia Community College Grants Development Office in collaboration with Hugo Fernandez and Scott Sternbach. Download a complete pdf of the narrative: Here
The majority of our funding was provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. "The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961." Find out more here: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The LaGuardia/Chile Study Abroad Program received a LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning Mini Grant to promote the use of ePortfolios in the study abroad program. The LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning is a hub for professional innovation, reflection, collaboration and transformation. Engaging the collective expertise of LaGuardia faculty and colleagues across the U.S., the Center provides professional development opportunities that support effective, student-centered pedagogies and scholarly approaches to teaching. Through workshops, forums, mini conferences, informal discussions and sustained seminars, faculty develop innovative strategies for examining and advancing student learning. Activities explore a spectrum of pedagogical topics: integrative learning, basic skills education in mathematics, learning communities, inquiry learning, effective uses of digital technologies, critical literacies, the scholarship of teaching and learning, holistic assessment, and ePortfolio. Building capacities across the college, our mission is to promote a dynamic, supportive culture of learning for students and faculty at the college and beyond. To learn more about them click on the following link:Center for Teaching and Learning
The LaGuardia/Chile Study Abroad Program received funding from the LaGuardia College Association to help cover the costs of student travel expenses.