Arlington students from multiple academic disciplines will combine efforts to
help educate lower-income, diverse community groups about diabetes prevention
and control through a new, $25,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund.
University of Texas at Arlington has been named one of nine 2013 grant winners
through the company’s College Community Challenge. The award supports
university efforts to address an urgent community need through a
leaders chose diabetes prevention as their focus because of the prevalence of
the disease within African American and Hispanic communities. Through the Ford
grant, UT Arlington students will create educational videos in Spanish and
other languages that can be used for public health outreach purposes.
are honored to receive this award,” said Frank Lamas, UT Arlington vice
president for Student Affairs. “This is an opportunity for our students to use
the knowledge and skills they are developing at UT Arlington to improve the
lives of those in our community who are living with diabetes or at risk for developing
the disease.” The UT Arlington Center for Community Service Learning, which is
a division of Student Affairs, will guide students’ work.
project will include art, business, communication, education, engineering,
film, nursing and urban affairs students, organizers said. Students will work
with Mission Arlington to reach at-risk groups. The nonprofit agency serves
large numbers of African-American and Latino families. It was the subject of a
video produced by UT Arlington students as part of the Ford grant competition.
the video at http://vimeo.com/67535324.
2013 Ford grant winners are Arizona State University, Brown University, the College
for Creative Studies (Detroit), Essex County College (N.J.), Michigan State
University, the University of Michigan, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University
of Richmond and Wayne State University (Detroit).
Ford College Community Challenge partnered with Campus
Compact, the only national higher
education association dedicated to campus-based civic engagement, for this
year’s grant program.
Ford College Community Challenge is designed to leverage the talents and
creativity of students to drive meaningful change in their communities,” said
Mike Schmidt, director of education programs at Ford Motor Company Fund. “We
applaud these universities and colleges that are making student-led, community
engagement a priority.”
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,000 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of
North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas
System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.