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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. LaQueta Wright 2018 MSI Convening Chair 972-238-6230