Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

March of Dimes fights every day to ensure moms and babies are healthy regardless of wealth, race, gender or geography. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The nation’s first and longest-running collegiate athletic conference, the CIAA consists of twelve historically black colleges and universities, and represents a community deeply impacted by the maternal and infant health equity gap.

Today, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for families of color. While our country’s preterm birth rates declined slightly for the first time in six years, rates actually increased for Black women. In fact, every 12 hours a woman dies due to pregnancy-related causes, with Black women three to four times more likely to die than White women. And Black babies are more than twice as likely as White babies to die before their first birthdays.

Our partnership with CIAA will offer scholarship and paid internship opportunities at March of Dimes to students and athletes across the CIAA. It will also engage alumni in conversations and opportunities to promote health equity for moms and babies. Together we can make America more equitable and give every family the best possible start.

Participating Colleges and Universities

Bowie State
Chowan University
Claflin University
Elizabeth City State
Fayetteville State University
Johnson C. Smith
Lincoln Unviersity
Livingstone College
St. Augustine's
Shaw University
Virginia State University
Virginia Union
Winston Salem State