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Minority Serving Institution Convening

2019 MSI Convening

Thank you to all presenters and participants who helped make the 2019 Minority Serving Institution Convening a thoughtful and relevant discussion about the work we are doing together and at our respective institutions to impact and improve the college experience for minoritized students.

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.

2019 Featured Speakers

Lee Lambert, J.D.

Friday Morning Opening Session – Keynote Address

Lee Lambert, J.D.
Chancellor, Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ)

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.

Lee Lambert, J.D.

Saturday Morning Plenary Session – Plenary Address

Melissa N. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
President, Houston Community College-Southeast (Houston, TX)

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.

Interested in Presenting?

Thank you for your interest in the MSI Convening at Richland College. We will update the website soon with information about 2020.

Interested in Attending?

Thank you for your interest in the MSI Convening at Richland College. We will update the website soon with information about 2020.

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 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.