iHouse, the International House for Global Leadership, has received a $20,000 grant from the 484 Phi Alpha Foundation to support work by MIT students in international development.
The 484 Alpha Foundation, which is composed of a group of alumni from the MIT Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, has awarded $100,000 in total to iHouse over the past three years. “The 484 Phi Alpha Foundation, the Public Service Center and the Alumni Fund have been the life-support system for iHouse since its inception,” said Sandra Harris, iHouse housemaster. “We could not have made the advances we have without their funding and counsel.”
The grant provides funding for international service leadership projects, student retreats, a speaker series and a First-Year Experience Seminar, which consists of a freshman seminar in the fall, a workshop series in the spring and a three-week immersion trip in the summer.
“iHouse programs help students to understand other countries' problems and to develop the leadership skills to act on those problems and make a real difference,” said Dean for Student Life Costantino Colombo.
Founded in 2007, iHouse is a living-learning community consisting of undergraduate students passionate about international development. The community promotes a combination of academics, project-based learning, mentorship opportunities and leadership skills. iHouse initiatives, such as student international development projects, expose students to global challenges and allow them to directly impact under-privileged communities.
“By living in a community together, students can support each other with the same kind of kinship ties that exist in other areas of MIT,” Harris said.