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2018 Minority Serving Institution Convening

2018 MSI Convening

2018 MSI Convening: Friday, October 19 to Saturday, October 20
Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you all in Dallas soon! As you prepare for the Convening, please download the complete digital program, which contains detailed information about all sessions.

Richland College in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) Program hosts an annual 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 Richland College MSI Convenings provide an opportunity for educators and other individuals devoted to student success to gather and participate in presentations and discussions about how we can better collect and use quantitative data to design, evaluate, modify and improve programs and initiatives that address success of minority and under-served students. Through these annual Convenings, we hope individuals will have the opportunity to share their own successes and learn from the results and ideas of others to expand successful programs and/or develop more robust methods for determining success of minority programs and initiatives so that their college or university can improve, obtain funding, and effect change at their institution.
Dr. Tia McNair

Friday Morning Opening Session - Keynote Address

The Opening Address will be led by Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. Dr. McNair will guide the Convening and inspire participants to share effective strategies and evidence based research for evaluating programs and initiatives that support minority student success and will moderate a panel of college presidents from minority serving institutions.

Dr. Elva LeBlanc

Saturday Morning Plenary Address

The Plenary Address will be delivered by Dr. Elva LeBlanc, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for Tarrant County College District where she is responsible for the institution’s core areas of Academic Affairs and Student Services. She provides leadership to the six campus presidents and district student services in support of the Chancellor’s vision to ensure the college is student ready. Dr. LeBlanc has provided leadership in creating the first early college high school in Tarrant County, increasing collaboration with the public schools, expanding strategic partnerships with business and industry, developing workforce programs in response to the community needs, and adding a satellite campus at Alliance airport, Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation, and Logistics (CEATL). Previously, she was President of Galveston College and Executive Vice President for Instructional Affairs at Austin Community College. 

Interested in Attending?

With great weather and the State Fair of Texas, Dallas is a great place to be in October! The MSI Convening is free for both presenters and attendees, but registration is required. Use the menu links to obtain information about the convening hotel and an overview of the 2018 MSI Convening schedule.

Minority Serving Institutions Designations:

  • Asian and Pacific Islander-Serving institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Predominantly Black Institutions
  • Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions
  • Tribal Colleges or Universities
  • Alaska Native-Serving Institutions
  • Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

Information on these categories and a list of institutions that qualify based on enrollment data can be found on this Department of Education website.

Convening Location:

Richland College
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75243

More Information

For more information or questions, contact the 2018 MSI Convening Chair, Dr. LaQueta L. Wright at Lwright@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6230 (Central Standard Time).

Funded by a grant from the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program of the U.S. Department of Education. This program is supported in part (approximately 30%, or approximately $9,000) by a grant (PO31L150024) from the US Department of Education, with the remainder (approximately 70%, or $21,000) provided from non-federal sources.