Minority Serving Institutions with Highly Active Greek Life

Greek life can be a great contribution to student life on campuses. For students from underrepresented groups, greek organizations can also provide support and leadership opportunities. Fraternities and sororities also engage in service and philanthropic work on their campuses and surrounding communities. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up focuses on MSIs that have active greek life on campus.

UMD  1.) University of Maryland, College Park – ANNAPISI

The University of Maryland College Park’s Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s (DFLS)mission is to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders (students, administrators, alumni, parents, nationals, etc.) in order to foster, promote and support the development of a community made up of values-based organizations. Through initiatives such as the 6 pillar/ Guiding Philosophy, Foundations for the Future, Ten Men Plan/Ten Woman Plan, and the New Member Convocation, the DFLS attempts to further its mission and vision as well as those of its chapters. There are 33 Fraternities and 25 sororities housed under 4 councils: The Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (PHA), National PanHellenic Council (NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

FAMU2.) Florida A & M University (FAMU) – HBCU

Florida A&M University has a robust Greek life consisting of Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities as well as local social organizations, honor societies and professional organizations. Of the “Divine 9” organizations of the NPHC, there are 8 active chapters. Also active on campus is Sigma Gamma Lambda National Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc.

Howard3.) Howard University – HBCU

The birthplace for a majority of Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs), Howard University’s Greek life is not only rich in activity but also in legacy. Housed under the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) of the university, the university has 8 chapters of the “Divine 9.” Five of these chapters are the founding chapters for their organizations. To add to that rich history, the NPHC also found its birthplace on the campus of Howard University. The stated purpose and mission of the organization in 1930 was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organization.”

fiu4.) Florida International University (FIU) – HSI

The FIU sororities and fraternities are committed to providing a space for members to live their values through diverse programming, education and engagement while building affinity to Florida International University. FIU has 18 fraternities and 11 sororities housed under four councils: IFC, NPHC, Multicultural Greek Council, and the PanHellenic Council.

NCAT5.) North Carolina A&T University (NC A&T) -HBCU

Greek Life at NC A&T provides for the needs of the current and prospective fraternity and sorority membership through effective management, leadership and educational and social programming. NC A&T, which claims to have the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” (#GHOE), finds that their Greek Life aids in the community feel and the strong alumni connection and tradition found at the university. The campus has 12 Greek organizations which consists of the “Divine 9” organizations, a nursing sorority, and a band sorority and fraternity.

USC6.) University of Southern California – ANNAPISI

With over 4,000 members and over 60 chapters organized in six councils, greek community at the University of Southern California a community that has espoused integrity, tradition, honor and character for over 120 years. Every chapter is required to hold a hazing prevention workshop, a workshop with the Center for Women and Men, and a workshop with the Department of Safety Greek Liaisons. The six councils that comprise USC greek life are: the Asian Greek Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Professional Fraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Council.

unlv7.) University of Nevada Las Vegas – ANNAPISI

UNLV has 19 fraternities and 17 sororities, each offering students the chance to get involved and become a part of a larger network of brothers and sisters. Throughout the year, Greek chapters participate in many events including: Homecoming Week, Greek Week, Greek 101, GreekFest, Greek Leadership Day, community service and philanthropy projects, intramural sports, and leadership programs. The four governing councils that oversee the operations of the individual Greek chapters and work closely with the university to promote the ideals of fraternity and sorority membership are: Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council.

UIC8.) University of Illinois at Chicago – ANNAPISI

The UIC Greek community represents hundreds of students from all walks of life united by behind the values of scholarship, service and fellowship. Fraternities and sororities have historically been a large part of campus life at the university by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties, and performing community service. Organizations are a part of 5 umbrella councils: InterFraternity Council (IFC), Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Latino Greek Council (LGC), and the Greeks of the Pan-Asian American Council (GPAAC).

Minority Serving Institutions with High-Ranking Athletic Teams

MSIs have various components that make their campuses places where students thrive. One group of students they serve but that may not receive much attention is student athletes. Though you may only see a small number of MSI athletics on television or discussed in mass media, many MSIs have strong athletic programs and immensely talented student athletes. This Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights high ranking athletic teams at MSIs.

Adams State University     1.) Adams State University (HSI)
Men’s Cross Country- Ranked number 2 in NCAA Div. II






2.) Winston-Salem State University (HBCU)
Football- Ranked number 4 in NCAA Div. II



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4.)  Texas A&M-Kingsville (HSI) Men’s Track & Field- Ranked number 9 in NCAA Div. II Men’s Track & Field- Ranked number 9 in NCAA Div. II Men’s Track & Field- Ranked number 9 in NCAA Div. II Men’s Track & Field- Ranked number 9 in NCAA Div. II

lincoln-university-of-missouri       5.)  Lincoln University, Missouri (HBCU)
Women’s Track & Field- Ranked number 1 in NCAA Div. II




New Mexico Highlands University        6.)  New Mexico Highlands (HSI)
Women’s Track & Field- Ranked number 9 in NCAA Div. II




University-of-California-Irvine     7.)  University of California Irvine (AANAPISIs)
Men’s Volleyball- Ranked number 6 in NCAA Div. I




University-of-California-Irvine      8.)  University of California Irvine (AANAPISIs)
Ranked number 6 in Div. 1 Women’s Water Polo



SJSU       9.)  San Jose State University (AANAPISIs)
Women’s Water Polo- Ranked number 7 in NCAA Div. I




Cal State LA         10.) California State University-LA (HSI)
Men’s Soccer-Ranked number 4 in NCAA Div. II

Ten Top U.S. States/Territories with the Largest Number of Hispanic Serving Institutions

An Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is an institution that receives federal discretionary funding to improve and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and low-income students. At these colleges and universities, undergraduate students that identify as Hispanic make up at least 25 percent of total enrollment. As the U.S. population becomes more diverse and the Latino/as population, in particular, increases the higher education community will need to make note of who is making an effort to serve these students, and serve them well. HSIs are growing in number. This Monday Morning MSI Line Up gives a list of the 10 US States/Territories with the largest number of HSIs.

California pic1. California – 127 HSIs




Texas2. Texas – 68 HSIs




Puerto Rico

3. Puerto Rico – 59 HSIs


New Mexico4. New Mexico – 22 HSIs





Florida5. Florida – 20 HSIs





new york6. New York – 18 HSIs




Illinois7. Illinois – 13 HSIs





Arizona8. Arizona – 10 HSIs





New-Jersey9. New Jersey – 9 HSIs








Colorado10. Colorado – 8 HSIs

10 Famous HBCU Alumni

HBCUs produce some of the best and brightest graduates in the world. The alumni of these institutions go on to do amazing things in the United States and abroad. This Monday Morning MSI Line Up will highlight some famous and notable HBCU alumni. Some of these persons may be familiar and some of them may not be. However, make sure to learn more about these HBCU grads and their accomplishments and remember they all began blossoming into their greatness in the soil of HBCU campuses.

Jerry Rice1.) Jerry Rice – Mississippi Valley State University

Jerry Rice attended Mississippi Valley State University from 1981 to 1984. Rice is a former American football wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and among the greatest NFL players overall. He is the all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers, including receptions, touchdown receptions, and yards.

Jamilah Lemieux2.) Jamilah Lemiuex – Howard University

Jamilah Lemieux is the Senior Editor for EBONY.com. In 2005, she created the award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler, where for more than six years, she published meditations on race and relationships. Jamilah has contributed to a host of publications including Essence, JET, Clutch, The Loop, Madame Noire, Black Enterprise Online, and Jezebel. She has appeared on a number of radio programs, including NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” WBAI’s “The Spin,” and “Al B. In The Afternoon” on Philadelphia’s 900AM WURD. Jamilah recently appeared in a Nightline special on racial inequality and police profiling. You can follow her on Twitter at @jamilahlemieux.

Mandisa3.) Mandisa – Fisk University
Mandisa Lynn Hundley, known professionally as Mandisa, is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. A graduate of Nashville’s Fisk University, she performed as part of the legendary Fisk Jubilee Singers, but gained national acclaim when she placed ninth on the fifth season of American Idol. She signed a deal with Sparrow Records and released her debut, True Beauty in 2007, which earned her the first of three Grammy nominations. She followed with a stellar sophomore effort, 2009’s Freedom. This year The Hollywood Reporter listed Mandisa in the Top 5 of Idol finalists with the most Billboard No. 1s. She is the fifth American Idol alumnus to win a Grammy Award when her album Overcomer won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2014.

michael strahan4.) Michael Strahan – Texas Southern University
Michael Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 14-year career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). During his tenure with the Giants, Strahan set a record for the most sacks in a single season in 2001, and won a Super Bowl in his final season in 2007. After retiring from the NFL, Strahan became a media personality. He is currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and he also serves as co-host on the television morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael alongside Kelly Ripa. He starred in and produced the short-lived Fox sitcom Brothers and appeared as host for Pros vs. Joes alongside fellow Fox football analyst Jay Glazer. On February 1, 2014, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Toni Morrison5.) Toni Morrison – Howard University
Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best-known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. In 1949 Morrison entered Howard University, where she received a B.A. in English in 1953. She also, became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

wanda sykes6.) Wanda Sykes – Hampton University
Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In November 2009, The Wanda Sykes Show, her own late-night talk show, premiered on Fox. Sykes has also had a successful career in film, appearing in Monster-in-Law, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, and License to Wed, and voiced characters in Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, Rio, and Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2010 she won a GLAAD award for promoting a good image of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

James Clyburn7.) James Clyburn – South Carolina State University
When Clyburn came to Congress in 1993, he was elected co-President of his Freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999, and his reputation as a leader and consensus-builder helped him win a difficult three-way race for House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in 2002. Three years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus. When Democrats regained the House majority in 2006, Congressman Clyburn was elevated by his colleagues to House Majority Whip.

Yolanda Adams8.) Yolanda Adams – Texas Southern University
Yolanda Adams is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host on WBLS. After graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston, eventually leaving to pursue her singing career. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and nearly 8 million albums worldwide. On December 11, 2009, Billboard Magazine named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade.

Common9.) Common – Florida A&M University
Common is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992, with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint and in the past has released music under various other labels such as Relativity, Geffen and GOOD Music, among others. Common attended Florida A&M University earning a degree in business administration before some recognition by The Source magazine propelled his career into rap and acting.

Keisha Knight Pulliam10.) Keshia Knight Pulliam – Spelman College
Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–92) and as reformed con artist Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (2007–12). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Spelman College in 2001. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Five Popular Major Programs at Tribal Colleges & Universities

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) have served as great educational institutions and resource centers for Native American communities for decades. Many TCU students go on to work in business, education, and governmental affairs.  Below are some of the most popular majors and areas of study for TCU students.

1.) Native American Studies

Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that examines the history, culture, politics, issues, and contemporary experience of Native peoples in North America, Potential careers could range from implementing policy to government positions on Native culture.

2.) Indigenous Leadership

This course of study is designed intentionally as an exploration of and exposure to many disciplines, but in particular to language and culture, history, governance, and land base; the four elements of nationhood. Based on indigenous values, these educational and cultural opportunities provide students with skills to identify community concerns and then engage in community service. Future careers include community activist, government, education leaders and community service advocates.

3.) Sustainable Development

This program focuses on a multidisciplinary approach where courses are designed to foster awareness of and responsibility for community and environmental resources. Students have the have the opportunity to pursue their careers in the rapidly expanding green jobs market. These careers might include a position as a sustainability consultant, recycling manager, green business specialist, recycling/waste technician, community developer, or renewable energy consultant.

4.) Business Administration

Students in this program have access to a globally diverse curriculum created to guide them into becoming conscientious citizens who can critically think, articulate and convey professional and ethical virtues to enhance entrepreneurship in Indian Country and beyond. Graduates can become self-employed, or they can seek employment in manufacturing, banking, finance, accounting, marketing, and management fields.

5.) Indigenous Liberal Studies

Indigenous Liberal Studies is designed to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge of self and culture, as well as develop skills to assist in the revitalization of American Indian nations. Because the Indigenous Liberal Studies program is not geared to a specific career path, but instead exposes students to a wide range of disciplines, the degree prepares graduates for a variety of professions, especially those involving leadership and administration, business and entrepreneurship, as well as education.

5 Special Celebrations and Traditions at Minority Serving Institutions

We are officially in the season of celebration.  Thanksgiving has just passed and a number of holidays are quickly approaching.  To get us more in the spirit of celebration this week’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup highlights five celebrations and traditions found at various MSIs.  Celebrations and traditions are ways for community to be built, bonds to be forged, and connections to be fortified. These MSIs have done just that with these unique and special traditions.

jubilee day1.) Jubilee Day – Fisk University
The celebration of Jubilee Day occurs annually at Fisk on October 6th. On that day in 1871, the original group of nine students and their music professor, George L. White, began their first tour to raise operating funds for the University. Through their sacrifice and perseverance, the group’s earnings paid for the construction of Jubilee Hall, the first permanent building in America erected for the education of African Americans. During their first tours, the Singers also contributed tour earnings to The Great Chicago Fire victims in 1871 and were invited to perform at The White House by President Ulysses Grant in 1872. In 1873, the group grew to eleven members and performed for the heads of Europe, including Queen Victoria.

white dress2.) The White Dress Tradition -Spelman College
Spelman College proudly maintains a significant balance between acknowledging our time-honored traditions and establishing new and beneficial opportunities to forward the institutional mission and vision into the 21st century and beyond. The wearing of white dresses on designated official occasions is among the most well-respected and treasured of the College’s traditions.

In the spirit of this tradition, all first-year students are required to wear this “traditional white dress ensemble” for the New Student Orientation Induction Ceremony. The same policy holds true for the Founders Day Convocation, and graduating seniors are required to wear this same attire underneath the academic regalia for Founders Day, Class Day, Baccalaureate and Commencement. Additionally, it is requested that alumnae wear this attire when attending the Founders Day Convocation, related Founders Day activities hosted by alumnae and chapters of the Alumnae Association around the country, and for the March through the Alumnae Arch held during Reunion.

sheep as life3.) Sheep is Life Celebration – Diné College
The Sheep is Life Celebration honors the central role that sheep play in Navajo spirituality, philosophy, and daily life, and brings together people from many cultures who share these values. Sheep is Life emphasizes the role of sheep and fiber arts in the evolution of cultures. Discussions at the celebration take up issues relating to livestock and agriculture in the Southwest; technical assistance opportunities for sheep and wool producers; and the philosophy and spirituality of sheep cultures.

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????4.) Walking on Water – Florida International University
For over two decades, sophomore architecture students who take Professor Jaime Canaves’ class have had a seemingly impossible assignment: Walk on water. More than 1,500 students later, the class project has become a university tradition that attracts parents, faculty, staff and fellow students to watch the race at the lake behind the Green Library. The winner receives $500 and an A on the assignment. Everyone else who crosses the 175-foot-wide lake also gets an A and the opportunity to drop their lowest grade. Some notable facts: The youngest person to walk across the lake was 9 years old in 1998. The oldest, at 67, walked across in 2009. The fastest has been timed at 1 minute 23 seconds, in 2005. The slowest have been over the 15 minute mark (multiple years). Most winners have taken about 1 minute 30 seconds to cross.  The first students to participate in this FIU tradition crossed the lake in the fall of 1990.

PIU days5.) PIU Days – Pacific Islands University
PIU Days is a celebration of God’s goodness to the school and thankfully remembering the founders and many servants of God who have made PIU a reality. This celebration takes place Friday through Sunday prior to Spring Break. Each year a passage of scripture is selected and three teams are created. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and are assigned to one of the three teams. The teams compete in sports, skits, singing, cheering and many other fun events. Each night, one of the teams hosts a campus program that includes songs, skits, games and a message from the Word.

10 Notable Minority Serving Institution Alumni


1.) LoveWarrenly A. Warren – John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lovely A. Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a J. D. from Albany Law School of Union University. In 2007 Warren was elected to Rochester’s City Council. In 2010, she was elected as the fifth President of the Rochester City Council, the youngest in Rochester’s history. Warren became the first woman to serve as mayor of Rochester in 2013.

Perez2.) Elizabeth Pérez – Florida International University

Elizabeth Pérez is a Cuban-Venezuelan Emmy-winning television journalist working for CNN en Español in Atlanta, Georgia. While at FIU, Pérez interned with the El Nuevo Herald where she wrote and published several articles. In 2011, Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. welcomed Pérez saying: “Our viewers are assiduous sports fans, and we are pleased to bring, throughout the day, everything they want to know about this fascinating world with the hiring of a dynamic journalist such as Elizabeth.”

Faulk3.) Marshall Faulk – San Diego State University

Marshall Faulk is a former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for San Diego State University, and was a two-time consensus All-American. Faulk is one of only three NFL players to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards; he is the only one to amass 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

dunbar4.) Rockmond Dunbar – University of New Mexico

Rockmond Dunbar is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Kenny Chadway on the Showtime television drama series Soul Food, and as Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin on the FOX television drama series Prison Break. In 2011 he joined the cast of FX’s hit show Sons of Anarchy as the new Sheriff of Charming, Eli Roosevelt.

Salas5.) Mario Marcel Salas – University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA)

Mario Marcel Salas s a civil rights leader, author and politician. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987. Salas organized the Black Student Union on San Antonio college campuses in 1969, and was co-founder of the Barbara Jordan Community Center in San Antonio. Salas has taught International Conflicts, the Politics of Mexico, Topics in Civil Rights, Introduction to African American Studies, and Texas and Federal Government.

martinez6.) Susana Martinez – University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP)

Susana Martinez is an American attorney and politician. She is the 31st and current Governor of New Mexico. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at El Paso. While at UTEP, she worked for her father’s security guard company. She is the first woman to be elected Governor of New Mexico and the first Hispanic female governor in the United States. In 2013, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Spielberg 7.)  Steven Allan Spielberg – California State University, Long Beach

Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate. Spielberg is consistently considered as one of the leading pioneers of the New Hollywood era. Spielberg early science fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. He attended California State University, Long Beach and interned for Universal Studios editing department.

Edwards8.) Harry Edwards – San Jose State University

Harry Edwards is an African American sociologist and Professor Emeritus at University of Berkeley. Edwards career has focused on the experiences of African American athletes and he is a strong advocate for black participation in the management of professional sports. He has served as a staff consultant to the San Frisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors.

Fieri9.) Guy Fieri -University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV)

Guy Fieri is an American restaurateur, author, game show host, and television personality currently on the food network. Fieri attend University of Nevada in Las Vegas and received his bachelors in hotel management in 1990. He is best known for his television series Guys Big Bite, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, any many more.

Devine10.) Loretta Devine – University of Houston

Loretta Devine is an American character actress who played in numerous films such as Woman Thou Art Loosed, This Christmas, Soul Food and television shows like Greys Anatomy, Boston Public, and many more. Devine graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a degree in speech and theater. Devine is also a proud member of the lovely Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.