Grants, Funds Awarded to CUNY Student Affairs

January 23, 2013

CUNY/Columbia University Allied Health Award

Columbia University has awarded a $1,000,000 grant to the Central Office of Student Affairs to support students in the Allied Health fields. Since its inception in 1995, the grant has been awarded to students in the Washington Heights/Inwood and Harlem communities who enroll in medical laboratory, radiological technology and occupational and physical therapy programs. Students are eligible for financial assistance of up to $10,000 as they complete a required 1500 hours of internship toward a New York State certification in their careers. The program was made possible through the efforts of former New York City Council Member Stanley E. Michels, the City University of New York and Columbia University. The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone contributed an additional $100,000 for 2012-2013.

CUNY and Verizon UHopeline Grant

Verizon Wireless and the UHopeLine phone recycling program began collecting and recycling old wireless phones back in 1999. The goal was to increase awareness of dating violence, provide aid to domestic violence survivors and encourage college students to help the environment by recycling their no-longer-used wireless devices. Later in 2008, the Verizon Foundation partnered with CUNY on educational domestic violence initiatives. To date, the CUNY/Verizon UHopeline partnership has collected over 3,000 wireless phones and awarded more than $20K in grants to Women’s Services programs. “Dating violence affects many college students,” said Zina Richardson, University liaison to the CUNY Women’s Centers. “With the help of programs like Verizon’s UHopeline, we are able to educate students and raise awareness for this important cause.”

Diversity Grant

The CUNY Women’s Center was awarded a $4,850 grant from the Diversity Project Development Fund of CUNY. The grant-funded project “Assessing Women’s Centers Services and Linking Them to Student Success” will be used to develop a cross-campus study linking the impact of women’s center services to student retention, satisfaction and success. The project will examine the broad range of resources and services across three service models: direct services, student organizing/leadership development and educational programming.