2017 Featured Speakers

Friday Morning Opening Session – Keynote Address

Dr. R. Michael Mike Flores

This year's MSI Convening features a Keynote Address during the Friday morning Opening Session by Dr. R. Michael "Mike" Flores, President of Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio. Dr. Flores serves as an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and has led many new initiatives since becoming president of Palo Alto College in 2012. Providing access for the community to education has been key since the beginning for Palo Alto College, and Dr. Flores is committed to continuing partnerships with area businesses, community organizations, and schools to achieve that goal. He continues to empower students for success through a variety of resources on campus through high impact teaching and learning practices including usage of academic advising, learning communities, new student orientation, and problem-based learning. We invite you to join us on Friday, October 20, to hear Dr. Flores speak about the challenges and opportunities for data-focused initiatives in improving success of minority students in higher education.

Panel Discussion: Research on Minority Student Success

Following the Opening Session, Dr. Flores will lead a panel discussion among leaders in minority student success efforts in higher education.

Colette Pierce-Burnette,
Colette Pierce-Burnette, Ed.D.; President, Huston-Tillotson University

Vincent Solis
Vincent Solis, Ph.D.; Senior Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs, Laredo Community College

Naomi Story
Naomi Story, Ph.D.; Executive Director, National Asian Pacific Islander Council.

MSI Large Group Discussions

On Friday afternoon attendees will convene to discuss research and issues in minority student success in each of the MSI designated communities. Expert facilitators will lead these separate sessions followed by a convergence session in Fannin Hall.

AANAPISI Discussion

May Toy Lukens
May Toy Lukens



HBCU/PBI Discussion

Christopher Dowdy
Christopher Dowdy, Ph.D.



HSI Discussion

Rigo Rincones-Gomez
Rigo Rincones-Gomez. Ph.D.



TCU/NASNTI Discussion

Jack Soto
Jack Soto

Talk to the Expert Large Group Sessions

Friday and Saturday sessions on how to evaluate programs and collect good data.

Jessica Brathwaite
Jessica Brathwaite, Ph.D.


Jasmine Sanders
Jasmine Sanders