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Call for Proposals

2019 MSI Convening: Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19 Thank you for your interest in presenting. We are no longer accepting proposals. If you submitted a proposal, you should hear from the committee by mid-July.

Richland College in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) Program is hosting a two-day conference for institutions of higher education interested in improving minority student success. The focus of the conference is to convene and discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The conference will be held on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

We are seeking high-quality workshop proposals that...

  1. present evidence of how your existing programs or initiatives have improved minority student retention and academic success,
  2. describe a research design for collecting quantitative data on minority student retention and academic success or
  3. discuss how data is used to improve or modify ongoing programs or initiatives.

We are seeking proposals from a variety of institutions and organizations (e.g., public and private; two-year and four-year; large and small) and representing a range of topics (e.g., instructional, advising, mentoring, summer bridge, special programs). Workshop proposals should include an interactive presentation as well as time for discussion and questions, with a total length of 60 minutes.

Proposals can be considered for a workshop presentation or the graduate student poster session. Presentations must focus on efforts to improve minority student success.

Proposal Requirements

  • A title is required for poster and workshop proposals (150 character limit).
  • An abstract is required for poster and workshop proposals (1200 character limit).
  • The abstract must include:
    • A description of how the topic or program is implemented at your institution
    • Specific student population (i.e. Latino/a, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Native, and/or African American) being served
    • A description of research methodology, including a description of any data tools used
    • A description of your findings, including quantitative data
  • A workshop description must include (not required for poster proposals):
    • Detailed description of your data collection methods
    • Detailed description of your project or initiative (if applicable)
    • A description of your intended workshop/presentation format and how you plan to engage the audience

Graduate Student Poster Session

The poster session provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their current research on factors, programs and initiatives that impact the success of minority students in higher education. An abstract must be included with your proposal; a workshop description is not required. Graduate students selected to present a poster will be offered a small honorarium of $1,000 to help defray the cost of travel to the MSI Convening. Poster session proposals will be considered separately from workshop submissions. Graduate students may also submit proposals for workshops, but workshops do not qualify for the graduate student honorarium.

Submit Your Proposal for a Breakout Session or Poster

The conference is intended for participants to learn, engage and exchange promising research and practices that support scholarship and student success through the MSI designation. We look forward to your participation.