10 MSIs Spreading Sexual Health Awareness

by Tania Irwin

Each year, Trojan Brand Condoms releases a Sexual Report Card, bringing awareness to high-levels of unprotected sex that occurs on college campuses and highlighting postsecondary institutions making great strides toward sexual responsibility.  In honor of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month, we are honoring the Minority Serving Institutions that made the list this year!

Collegiate student health centers are ‘graded’ in eleven categories:

  • Quality of sexual health information and resources on website
  • Contraceptive availability — free or at cost
  • Condom availability — free or at cost
  • HIV testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • Lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups for sexual health education
  • Sexual assault programs, resources or services
  • Overall website usability and quality
  • Hours of operation
  • Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
  • Extra credit

Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s BestPlaces, which sponsored the report card, stated, “In the eleven years since we started the study, we’ve seen a huge improvement in the level of sexual health information and resources provided by the schools’ student health centers. Students have used the Trojan rankings to approach their administration and make a case for better resources and services.”

Read more here.

1) California State University – Fresno (AANAPISI/HSI)—Fresno, CA


2) Florida International University (HSI)—Miami, FL


3) San Jose State University (AANAPISI)—San Jose, CA


4) San Diego State University (HSI)—San Diego, CA


5) University of Texas – Pan American (HSI)—Edinburg, TX


6) University of Hawaii – Manoa (AANAPISI)—Honolulu, HI


7) The University of Texas at El Paso (HSI)—El Paso, TX


8) New Mexico State University (HSI)—Las Cruces, NM


9) Savannah State University (HBCU)—Savannah, GA


10) Chicago State University (PBI)—Chicago, Illinois


Know of other MSIs with student health and sexual health programs? Share in the comments below!

4 Autism Studies Programs at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

April is known as National Autism Awareness Month. Thus, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 4 MSIs with dynamic Applied Behavior Analysis studies programs.

Autism is a developmental disability that, depending on the severity, can cause

  • “delayed learning of language;
  • “difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation;
  • “difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning;
  • “narrow, intense interests; and poor motor skills and sensory sensitivities” (SOURCE).

While 1 in 68 children live with autism in the U.S., there are significant disparities in diagnosis and treatment of children of color who have autism. In fact, new research has shown that regressive autism—which affects a child’s language and social skills—is twice as common for Black children versus their white counterparts (SOURCE). Applied Behavior Analysis is the field of study that those interested in finding solutions for these children go into.

1) California State University, Sacramento (AANAPISI)—Sacramento, CA


California State University, Sacramento offers a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis that focuses on teaching students how to think deeply about a person’s behavioral processes and how these processes are affected by certain disorders. The program prepares for the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board) exams through its rigorous coursework. Faculty of this program specialize in field such as Autism treatment, Pediatric Behavioral Problems, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and even Parent and Teacher training.


2) Savannah State University (HBCU)—Savannah, GA



Savannah State University is one of the few HBCUs in the country that offers a B.S. in Behavior Analysis to its undergraduate students. The career centered program has four main career concentration tracks for students: 1) Developmental Disabilities and Autism, 2) Education and Special Education, 3) Clinical and Counseling  and 4) Business and Industry. Read more about what these concentrations entail, HERE!


3) CUNY Queens College (AANAPISI)—Queens, NY

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Queens College currently offers an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. This program’s mission is to provide students with the proper training needed to become certified behavior analysis in the State of New York. As such, the program “meets the educational competence requirements” needed for students to pursue that certification. The new scheme for this program includes classes centered on “Psychology of Learning,” and “Autism Treatment”.



4) California State University, Northridge (AANAPISI)—Northridge, CA

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Cal State University—Northridge’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program is within the University’s Department of Psychology. This two year program provides the proper training necessary for students to earn their degree, sit for the “Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)” exams,and pursue doctoral studies in ABA. This program is unique because it teaches students essential skills when working in the field with children on the Autism spectrum such as “how to conduct thorough behavioral assessments, implement and monitor evidence-based interventions, and consult with parents, caregivers and school personnel while adhering to the profession’s ethical guidelines.”



Do you know of any other MSIs studying autism? Share in the comments below!

5 MSIs That Host Spring Celebrations

by Will Anyu

Spring is finally here! As such, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up includes five MSIs giving spring festivities a fresh name. These five institutions have been hosting these large scale events for many years and participants can’t get enough.

1) Springfest: University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA 


The campus of USC hosts Springfest every year. This massive celebration is highlighted by a concert that brings crowds numbering in the thousands. Past performers include artists such as Big Sean and WALK THE MOON. This year, the all-star lineup of artists included 2 Chainz, Portugal the Man, BØRNS, Isaiah Rashad, Audio Push, HOLYCHILD, and WALLA.

2) Spring Garden Festival: Cuyamaca College (HSI)—El Cajon, CA


This year marks the 24th Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College. This celebration is a family-friendly celebration of spring that brings together more than 3,000 plus individuals each year. Included in the festival are exhibits and demonstrations which provide examples and best practices on how to become a better gardener and to take better care of our planet.

3) Art Attack: University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD

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This year, UMD-College Park will celebrate its 32nd annual Art Attack concert on May 1, 2017.  Headlining the concert this year is Jessie J, with openers Logic and Chainsmokers.

4) Extravaganza: University of California, Santa Barbara (HSI)—Santa Barbara, CA 

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Extravaganza is an annual free concert that started on the campus of UCSB in 1979 and has been hosted every year since 1989. Past acts have included ODESZA, Rae Sremmurd, Zella Day, Emancipator, and many more.

5) Tigerfest: Grambling State University (HBCU)—Grambling, LA


This past month, GSU hosted its annual Tigerfest. It was a week filled with festivities, celebrities, and entertainers. The lineup included Migos, Jacques, Deray Davis, BlaQ Rob, and Steve Brown.

Do you know of any more MSIs celebrating spring? Share in the comments below!




4 HBCUs in the NCAA Championship Tournaments

By Larry McDaniel Jr.

For the sports and college world, the month of March is considered a national treasure and holiday. Throughout the NCAA season, which runs from the fall to the spring, teams set their sights on gaining entry to the NCAA’s end of season tournaments. This year, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are well represented, both in the NCAA Division I Tournament, as well as in the NCAA Division II Tournament. For today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, lets take a look at those teams and how they fared in the tournament, as well as in the season!

1) Virginia Union University (HBCU)—Richmond, VA


Virginia Union University’s (VUU) Women’s basketball team finished the season ranked #2 nationally in the Coaches Association Poll. Riding a 28-5 season, the Panthers claimed the regional title and reached the NCAA Division II National Champion game where they faced off against Ashland University. Unfortunately, VUU loss 93-77. Nonetheless, the lady Panthers season will go down in history, as this season marks their highest ranking ever.

2) Texas Southern University (HBCU)—Houston, TX


Texas Southern University of the Southwest Athletic Conference made the NCAA Division I “March Madness” Tournament as a 16 seed. This is their seventh tournament appearance all-time, and for the third time in the last four years. Despite the efforts of Kevin Scott (19 points), the Tigers fell to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–a number one seed. Texas Southwestern finished the season 23-12 and was recently honored for their efforts by the Houston City Council.

3) North Carolina Central University (HBCU)—Durham, NC

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After winning the 2017 MEAC basketball tournament, North Carolina Central University (NC Central) entered the NCAA Division I “March Madness” Tournament as a 16 seed. The Eagles faced off against the UC Davis Aggies in the opening four games of the tournament. The matchup didn’t disappoint, as it went down to the wire. With 1:49 left in the game, standout player, Dajuan Graf nailed a 3-pointer to bring the score to 64-63. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough and the Eagles fell short, 67-63. NC Central finished the season 25-9.

4) Hampton University (HBCU)—Hampton, VA


Hampton University’s Lady Pirates–the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Champions–entered the NCAA Tournament as a 15 seed in the Bridgeport Region. After a two-year absence from the tournament, the Lady Pirates traveled to the #2 seed, Duke University. Jephany Brown scored 18 points to lead Hampton; however, it wasn’t enough. Duke University won decidedly, 94-31. Despite the loss, the Lady Pirates finished the season strong (20-13) and developed a solid foundation for the future.

Know of any other HBCUs represented in the NCAA Division I or Division II Tournaments? Share in the comments below!



Celebrating César Chávez Day: 10 MSIs offering Chicanx and Latin American Studies

by Carol Sandoval

César Chávez was one of the most enduring activists of the Chicano civil rights movements as he fought for farm workers’ rights in the 1960s and ’70s. In 2014, Obama proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day, a federal commemorative holiday. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we recognize MSIs offering Chicanx studies and other similar courses that teach students about Mexican-American history, including Chávez’s political and social changes. Check out the following courses, majors, and minors at these Minority Serving Institutions!

1) Aims Community College (HSI)—Introduction to Chicano Studies

Aims Community College offers the introduction course to Chicanx studies which focuses on “Chican[x] history, migration and labor, education, law and Chican[x] culture”

2) Barry University (HSI)—Latino(a) Literature

Barry University offers a class that studies the “poetic and narrative works representing distinct Latinx groups based on their history, migratory experience, and cultural diversity. Issues such as race, class, and gender, as well as ethnic and national identity, are thoroughly examined.”

3) Morehouse College (HBCU)—Latin American Studies

Morehouse College offers the Latin American studies minor which is composed of a total of 6 courses. Three of those six are classes regarding “politics of a particular cultural region or minority in the United States” while the rest of the courses are language requirements.

4) University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Latin American and Iberian Studies

Classes within the Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa extend beyond the typical history and language classes. Students at UHM approach the topic of Latin American studies from many different angles such as film, ritual, and gender studies.

5) Morgan State University (HBCU)—Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Morgan State University offers the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, in which students are immersed in a rich history of the colonization of the Americas.

6) California State University, Monterey Bay (HSI)—Chicano Studies as a Minor

Students graduating with the Chicanx Studies major are encouraged to strive for the creation of positive changes in social justice among their communities and their research.

7) Pueblo Community College (HSI)—Chicanxs in a Changing Society

This course teaches the students the background and history of Chicanxs in the US. Additionally, it also tries to explain the differences that are occurring throughout the years as “Chican[x] communities interrelate with Anglo and multicultural societies as well as its future prospects”

8) Talladega College (HBCU)—Latin American History Survey

In order to appreciate Chicanx history in the US, it’s crucial that students are familiar with the history beyond the 1960s. At Talladega College, they ensure that students have a strong grasp on the major events in Latin American history.

9) Alabama State University (HBCU)—Hispanic Novel and Hispanic Drama

The two courses at Alabama State University are more exciting ways of understanding the struggles of Chicanxs in America during the 20th century.

10) Luna Community College (HSI)—Hispanics in the Southwest

This history course at Luna Community College provides cultural, economic, political, and social context to general US history.

Know how other Minority Serving Institutions and Hispanic Serving Institutions are celebrating César Chávez Day? Let us know in the comments below!

9 Famous Poets from MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Poetry is known as the art form of expression and March 21st is unofficially known as World Poetry Day. There are hundreds of phenomenal poets who hail from MSIs and whose work has changed the world of poetry as we know it today. Thus, today’s Monday Morning Line Up highlights 9 poets who come from MSIs.

1) Sherley Anne Williams: California State University, Fresno(AANAPISI/HSI)—Fresno, CA

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Sherley Anne Williams is a famous writer of literary criticism, children’s books, and poetry. She is originally from Fresno, California and earned her BA in English from Fresno State College. She was awarded the African American Literature and Culture Society’s Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature and Poetry. One of her most famous works, The Peacock Poems (1975), addresses single motherhood, the lives of African American women, and the blues.

For more information, click here.


2) Amiri Baraka: Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, D.C. 

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Amiri Baraka was a famous scholar, poet and civil rights activist. Baraka graduated from Howard University in 1954, where he earned his B.A. in English. His most known works include his first published volume of poetry, Preface to a Twenty-Volume Suicide Note, in 1961 and Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, which he co-edited with Larry Neal in 1968. He also produced a number of plays centered on civil rights. Two of Baraka’s plays that spoke out against police brutality were: Police and Arm Yrself or Harm Yrself.

For more information, click here.

3) Claude McKay: Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL 

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Claude McKay was a famous poet, writer, playwright, and prominent figure during the Harlem Renaissance literary movement. While McKay has a wide range of published works, all of his work centers on his “disdain for racism and the sense that bigotry’s implicit stupidity renders its adherents pitiable as well as loathsome.” McKay began his undergraduate studies at Tuskegee University (then known at Tuskegee Institute) (HBCU) and finished his degree at Kansas State College.

4) Robert Creeley: University of New Mexico (HSI)—Albuquerque, NM

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

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Robert Creeley is widely known as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. One critic said his of poetry: “The much imitated, often diluted minimalism, the compression of emotion into verse in which scarcely a syllable is wasted, has decisively marked a generation of poets.” Creeley received an M.A. from University of New Mexico in 1960 (HSI). He is well known for his affiliation with “Black Mountain Poets,” a group of writers in the ’50s who were connected with Black Mountain College, “an experimental, communal college in North Carolina that was a haven for many innovative writers and artists of the period.

For more information, click here.


5) Alice Walker: Spelman College (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA

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Alice Walker is one of the most famous symbols for “Womanism” in history. Her poetry and novels such as The Color Purple speaks to the woman’s experience more broadly and includes race and culture, class, gender, and a number of other intersectional identities. Walker began her studies and journey as a writer in 1961 at Spelman College (HBCU). Soon after beginning Spelman , she took time off from school to join the civil rights movement. Later, in 1963, she decided to continue her education at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

For more information, click here.


6) Jack Agüeros: Brooklyn College (AANAPISI)— Brooklyn, NY

Jack Agüeros (1934-2014)

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Jack Agüeros is poet, writer and community activist whose work “deals with the complexities, challenges, and struggles of the Puerto Rican experience in America.” Agüeros is originally from East Harlem, NY, and he received his B.A. in English literature with a minor in speech and theatre from CUNY Brooklyn College (AANAPISI). Some of his most famous work includes: Lord, Is This a Psalm? (2002), Sonnets from the Puerto Rican (1996), and Correspondence Between the Stonehaulers (1991).

For more information, click here.

7) Richard Blanco: Florida International University (HSI)—Miami, FL

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Richard Blanco is a Cuban poet, teacher, and speaker, who moved to the U.S. before the age of 1. Blanco was raised in Miami, FL, and went on to earn a BS in civil engineering and an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University (HSI). Some of Blanco’s most famous poetry collections include: City of a Hundred Fires (1998), recipient of the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize; Boston Strong (2013); and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013). Out of all of the Presidential Inaugural Poets, Blanco was the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer, as well as the youngest recipient.



8) Joy Harjo: Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture—Santa Fe, NM (TCU)

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Joy Harjo is a famous Native American poet, writer, and musician from Tulsa, OK, and a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Harjo has seven published poetry books, which have won multiple awards. Her love for the arts began at a young age, when she became a student of Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture (TCU) at age 16. She also attended the University of New Mexico (HSI) to receive an art degree. Her poetry centers on the Native American experience and has garnered honors including the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

For more information, click here and here.


9) Sheryl Luna: University of Texas at El Paso (HSI)—El Paso, TX

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Sheryl Luna is from El Paso, TX, and received her MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (HSI). Luna’s most famous work, Pity the Drowned Horses (2004), focuses on cultural identity, barriers, and bridges between the U.S. and Mexico. Luna’s work has won the first Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Institute of Latino Studies and the Creative Writing program at the University of Notre Dame. Pity the Drowned Horses was also a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Colorado Book Awards.

For more information, click here.

How will you be celebrating World Poetry Day? Did we miss any of your favorite poets? 

5 MSIs Leading the Way in Mathematics

By Jillian Cener

In honor of Pi Day tomorrow (3/14), today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up showcases five MSIs who are leading the way in the field of mathematics. Each of the institutions listed below have received grants from the National Science Foundation to fund projects aimed at increasing diversity in the field of math. Congratulations to all of the institutions! Great job!

1) University of Hawaii at Hilo (ANNH) – Hilo, HI


The University of Hawaii at Hilo received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for its Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program. The program aims to increase opportunities for native Pacific Islanders who want to study mathematical sciences by supporting novice faculty members at the institution. At least 114 STEM undergraduates at UHH will benefit from the NSF’s grant.

2) Morehouse College (HBCU) – Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College received a $362,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for its Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) program. The program aims to increase the number of women, especially women from underrepresented groups, who receive a PhD in the mathematical sciences, as well as support women in leadership positions in the field. The grant will help PhD students at various points in their degree and provide funding for postdocs and novice faculty members.

3) University of New Mexico (HSI) – Albuquerque, NM


The University of New Mexico received a grant of over $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation for its Mentoring Through Critical Points in the Mathematical Sciences (MCTP) program. The goal of the program is three-fold: to support students studying mathematics, to develop mathematics education, and to build community. The program aims to help undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs in a variety of ways.

4) University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI/HSI) – Arlington, TX


The University of Texas at Arlington received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for its three-year bridge program. The program aims to help 30 students from underrepresented backgrounds transition to PhD programs in the mathematical sciences. Students will benefit from mentoring programs with both faculty and peers.

5) California State University, Channel Islands (HSI) – Camarillo, CA


California State University, Channel Islands received a $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The program aims to support 27 students from underrepresented backgrounds as they conduct mathematical research. The institution aims to have a diverse group of students, including native Spanish speakers and first-generation students.

Thanks for reading! We’d love to hear about other MSIs doing great things for math in the comments below!