Past MSI Convenings

Electronic Proceedings of the 2018 MSI Convening


In Fall 2018, Richland College, in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program, hosted the Minority Serving Institution Convening. At the two-day conference, educators and other higher education professionals gathered and participated in presentations and discussions about using data to modify and improve programs and initiatives that address the success of minority and underserved students. This year’s event included featured speakers, a President’s panel, workshops, and large group discussions with each minority designation.

Dr. Tia Brown McNair's Keynote Address

The Friday morning Opening Session featured a Keynote Address by Dr. Tia Brown McNair, president for diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. 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. She spoke out a vision for equity, marketable skills gaps, and the importance of data to measure high impact practices.


Dr. Elva LeBlanc's Plenary Address

The Saturday morning session featured a Plenary Address by Dr. Elva LeBlanc, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for Tarrant County College District. 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. She spoke about meeting the needs of 21st century students and the strategic plan being implemented at Tarrant County College.


Selected Presentations from 2018 MSI Convening Breakout Sessions:



In Fall 2017, institutions from across the United States gathered at Richland College to discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at Minority-Serving Institutions. The program included featured speakers, a President’s panel, workshops, and large group discussions with each minority designation.

Dr. Mike Flores' Keynote Address

The Friday morning Opening Session featured a Keynote Address by Dr. Mike Flores, President of Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX. 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 spoke on how to empower students for success through a variety of resources on campus and the successful introduction of early college high schools.



Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's Plenary Address

The Saturday morning Opening Session featured a Plenary Address by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Professor and Founder/CEO of Do Good Works Educational Consulting in Columbus, OH. An internationally-recognized student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Dr. Strayhorn spoke on student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students; and student learning and development.


Selected Presentations from 2017 MSI Convening Breakout Sessions:






The 2016 conference focused on using existing research evidence to develop more robust methods for determining the success of minority-serving programs. With the knowledge of these improved methods, college and university representatives returned to their respective institutions ready to introduce new initiatives, obtain funding and effect positive change. The program included featured speakers, a President’s panel, workshops, and large group discussions with each minority designation.

2016 MSI Convening - Keynote

The Friday morning Opening Session featured a Keynote Address by Dr. Mark Mitsui, President of Portland Community College and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the US Department of Education. In Washington, he worked to advance President Obama’s community college agenda and co-led the My Brother’s Keeper Postsecondary Completion interagency team working to improve college access and completion for the nation’s young men of color. He spoke to the importance of using data in evaluating programs and the role data serves in getting funds to widen the pathway for underrepresented minority students.

2016 MSI Convening - Plenary

The Saturday morning Opening Session featured a Plenary Address by Robert Teranishi, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education and the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Teranishi's research has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and completion. He spoke about his collaborative work from Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) which focused on the "added-value" of AANAPISI-funded programs relative to academic performance, credit accumulation, persistence, degree attainment, and transfer rates.

Selected Presentations from 2016 MSI Convening Breakout Sessions presentations: