2019 MSI Convening: Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19 Register now to attend the 2019 MSI Convening. We hope you will join us!
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).
Friday Morning Opening Session – Keynote Address
Lee Lambert, J.D. Chancellor, Pima Community College
Lee D. Lambert has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013. Chancellor Lambert has long championed community colleges as instruments in the fight for diversity, inclusion and equity. Chancellor Lambert is CEO of the National Asian Pacific Islanders Council. He has been recognized nationally by the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education for contributions to education and to the API community. He has been honored by the University of Arizona Asian-American Faculty, Staff and Alumni.
In 2018, he received the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention Humanitarian Award. He has been recognized by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Victoria Foundation for exceptional service to the Hispanic community. Pima Community College is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution.
Chancellor Lambert is a U.S. Army veteran. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up on three continents. He received a bachelor’s degree In Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College and a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law.
He likes for people to call him Lee.
Saturday Morning Plenary Session – Plenary Address
Melissa N. Gonzalez, Ph.D. President, Houston Community College-Southeast
Dr. Melissa N. Gonzalez is President at Houston Community College-Southeast. Dr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an MBA and a doctorate in international business management from the University of Texas-Pan American.
As a child growing up in Alamo, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Gonzalez faced a cycle of poverty too often encountered by Hispanic females. The cycle was broken, however, by her parents’ decision to invest in her education. After earning a GED and graduating from P.S.J.A. High School, she found herself on the path to success. While in graduate school, she began her teaching career as a GED instructor for a TEA Region VI program targeting single mothers in the Rio Grande Valley. Her passion for helping others to fulfill their dreams and to change their lives became a personal journey and mission.
While a professor, Dr. Gonzalez pursued basic and applied research in the areas of cross-cultural management, management education, maquiladoras in Mexico, and Hispanic career paths. Her articles have been accepted for presentation and/or publication at over thirty regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Gonzalez plays an active role in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees.
The 2019 proposal deadline has passed. If you submitted a proposal, you should hear from the committee by mid-July.
Save the date! The 2019 MSI Convening is Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19. 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 MSI Convening schedule.
Information on these categories and a list of institutions that qualify based on enrollment data can be found on
this Department of Education website.
Richland College12800 Abrams RdDallas, TX 75243
For more information or questions, contact the 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 and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions program of the U.S. Department of Education. This program is supported in part (approximately 18.5%, or approximately $12,000) by a grant (PO31L150024) from the US Department of Education, with the remainder (approximately 81.5%, or $53,000) provided from non-federal sources.
Dr. LaQueta L. WrightMSI Convening Chair 972-238-6230