10 Tenured Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Professors at AANAPISIs

MSIs tend to have more diverse faculty than their Predominately White Institution counterparts.  In today’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup, we are highlighting 10 tenured Asian American/Pacific Islander faculty members at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).

08new faculty1. Meihua Koo, Associate Professor, College of Business
California State University, Poly Ponoma
Meihua Koo’s teaching interests focus on international accounting and financial accounting. Dr. Koo’s research centers on continuous reporting/auditing and firm valuation and financial statement disclosure.


2. Eunmi Cho, Professor, College of Education
California State University, Sacramento State
Eunmi Cho has been involved in research and teaching students with mild/moderate/severe disabilities from preschool age to adults. Her interests are in bilingual special education issues and inclusive practices for all students.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants.3. Douglass Lee, Professor, Asian American Studies
City College of San Francisco
Douglass Lee is a professor in the Asian American Studies department. Professor Lee’s instructional/educational philosophy and goals are to nurture reading, writing and the analytical skills of his students; to share knowledge, experience and expertise of course subject matter/curriculum; and to stimulate identification with and involvement in local community, national society, and the global community.

B. Kim4. Bryan S.K. Kim, Professor, Counseling Psychology
The University of Hawaii-Hilo
Bryan S. K. Kim is a full professor and the Counseling Psychology program director. His current research examines the effects of culture-specific counseling interventions and client enculturation/acculturation (e.g., cultural values) on counseling process and outcome. Dr. Kim’s interest in multicultural counseling psychology largely stems from his experiences growing up in Hawai’i as a 1.5-generation Asian American.

Kosasa5. Karen Kosasa, Associate Professor, American Studies
The University of Hawaii-Manoa
Karen Kosasa is interested in interdisciplinary research. Trained in painting and drawing, for thirteen years she taught in the studio arts at the University of Hawai‘i, the University of Rochester, and Boise State University. In 2002, Professor Kosasa joined the Department of American Studies and developed the curriculum for the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. She is involved in a long-range project that examines how museums and related institutions represent colonial histories and the often contentious relationship between indigenous peoples and settler states.

Leong6. Andrew Leong, Associate Professor of Legal Education
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Andrew Leong’s research interests include law, justice, and equality pertaining to disenfranchised communities, with a focus on Asian Americans. Substantive areas of interest include anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, immigration reform, Asian American legal history, environmental justice, anti-gentrification strategies, and community lawyering.

Liang7. Shunlin Liang, Professor Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland at College Park
Shunlin Liang is a professor in geographical sciences. His main research interests focus on estimation of land surface variables from satellite observations, studies on surface energy balance, and assessing the climatic, ecological and hydrological impacts of afforestation in China.

Jiemin Bao8. Jiemin Bao, Professor, Anthropology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jiemin Bao’s research includes transnationalism, migration, gender and sexuality, Buddhism and Asian Americans.



9. Monit Cheung, Professor of Social Work
     University of Houston
Monit Cheung is Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Education Project, a state partnership program funded federally by Title IV-E for training child welfare social workers.  She is also Associate Director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research. She has been a social worker for 35 years and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years specializing in play therapy, family counseling, child & adolescent counseling, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment.

Kim10. Catherine E. Kim, Associate Professor of Education
        Pacific University Oregon
Catherine Kim is a specialist in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), second language acquisition, and bilingualism. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in ESOL methods, foreign language teaching methods, language acquisition, and educational linguistics. Her primary research areas are bilingual and biliteracy development of second language learners and the role of community, teachers and parents in maintaining and developing bilingual proficiency.

10 Famous HBCU Football Classics

The weather is getting more crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, and Fall is in full swing.  Fall also means it is one of the most exciting times of the year — Football Classic season!!! That’s right, in various parts of the country HBCUs will be coming together to celebrate rich tradition, rivalry, community, and culture.  Today’s Monday Morning MSI Lineup highlights some of the most famous and celebrated HBCU football classics.

Atlanta Football Classic1.) Atlanta Football Classic

This game has been played annually in Atlanta, for its first three years at Grant Field, and at the Georgia Dome since 1992. Presented by 100 Black Men of America, this year South Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University met up for the annual match. Other events at the classic include, a college fair, collegiate symposium, a healthy living fair, and a robotics showcase.

magic city classic2.) Magic City Classic

The Magic City Classic is an annual American football classic, which features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, two of Alabama’s most prominent HBCUs. The first game between the two schools was played in 1924. It has been an uninterrupted, annual tradition since 1945 and has been played at Legion Field in Birmingham since 1946. Alabama A&M leads the series with a record of 38-36-3 all-time

battle of the bay3.) Battle of the Bay Classic

Another rivalry of homecoming proportions is the Battle of the Bay Classic game between Hampton University and Norfolk State University. Separated by the Chesapeake Bay, these two teams have battled for years. The game draws a crowd not just for the football, but also for the halftime show and the battle of these universities’ well known marching bands.

Florida Classic4.) Florida Classic

The Florida Classic is more than just a football game and in-state rivalry. It is now the largest football game between two historically Black Colleges. Since its inception in 1978, the game has seen over 1.5 million spectators attend. The series began in 1925. Since 1997, a total of 875,089 fans have watched the Florida Classic in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, an average of 67,315 per year. In 2005, the game made its debut on ESPNU. With its colorful backdrop of football, bands and loyal fans, a centrally-located venue, nationally-regarded programs in both Tallahassee and Daytona Beach, the future of the Classic is ripe with promise.

bayou classic5.) Bayou Classic

2014 marks the 41st annual meeting of HBCU rivals Grambling State University and Southern University known as the Bayou Classic.  Since 1991, the Bayou Classic has been televised nationally by NBC. The national broadcast attracts an audience of four to five million viewers.

Battle for the real hu

6.) Battle of the Real HU

The age-old question — which is the real “HU”? Howard has a one year jump on Hampton in terms of establishment and a 9 year jump in terms of football, but this never matters to Hampton University students and alumni. The battle of supremacy between the two schools is renewed each year in the annual Battle for the Real HU.

Circle City Classic7.) Circle City Classic

Rev. Charles Williams founded the Circle City Classic in 1983. The Annual Circle City Classic helps to support youth initiatives, awarding over $3,000,000 in scholarships to deserving youth attending colleges and universities across the country. This year the Central State University Marauders and Kentucky State Thorobreds played in the game. Events associated with the classic are an HBCU college fair and a coaches luncheon.

MEAC-SWAC Challenge8.) MEAC/SWAC Challenge

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is an annual Black College Football game showcasing a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The series began in 2005 and for its first three years it was held in Birmingham, Alabama at Legion Field. Since 2008, it has been held in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Citrus Bowl. In 2014, the game will be played at Bright House Networks Stadium as the Citrus Bowl undergoes renovations. Currently the MEAC leads the series with seven wins to the SWAC’s two. The game is televised nationally on ESPN2, and the City of Orlando and The Walt Disney Company sponsor the game.

southern heritage9.) Southern Heritage Classic

Each year, the Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is one of the country’s most anticipated HBCU football classics. Since 1990, thousands of fans have gathered at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis to see long-time rival football teams at Jackson State University and Tennessee State University battle for bragging rights and for the victory. The classic also has a business conference and a college fair.

NYUL Classic10.) New York Urban League Football Classic

This year was the 42nd Annual New York Urban League (NYUL) Football Classic at MetLife Stadium featuring Howard University versus Morgan State University. The Football Classic benefits the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund and the educational programs of the NYUL. Since its inception, proceeds from the game have helped to leverage over $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Educational Scholarships awarded to nearly 4,000 college bound students. Whitney M. Young, Jr. who the scholarship was named after, was President of the National Urban League. His distinguished career was marked by his effectiveness in bringing the business community into full participation in the struggle for civil rights. Young focused on gaining equality for Blacks in business, politics, and improving opportunities for the urban poor.

10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities with the Highest Latino/a Population

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have always been institutions that welcomed anyone with a desire to learn.  Though most of the institutions still have campuses that consists of a majority Black student population, many have seen a growth in the number of other underrepresented groups on campus.  HBCUs have an empowering and supportive environment that proves beneficial for students from various backgrounds.  Here are the 10 HBCUs that have the highest percentages of Latino students on their campus

(Note: This list is based on the most current IPEDS data.  The author recognizes that some HBCUs are not included in the data due to the way in which IPEDS reports.  These percentages are also based on undergraduate students who self reported as Hispanic.  Those who reported as Non-Resident Alien, Black, or Two or more Races were not included.)

St. Phillips College1. St Philip’s College – San Antonio, TX: 53.12%

St. Philip’s College, founded in 1898, and is a comprehensive, public community college whose mission is to provide a quality educational environment, which stimulates leadership, personal growth and a lifelong appreciation for learning. A Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip’s College strives to be an important force in the community, responsive to the needs of a population rich in its ethnic, cultural, and socio‐economic diversity.

Huston-Tillostson2. Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, TX : 18.44%

Huston-Tillotson College was formed by the merger of Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College, which was effective on October 24, 1952. Huston-Tillotson College remained primarily a black college after the merger, although there were no restrictions as to race. As an historically black institution, Huston-Tillotson University’s mission is to provide opportunities to a diverse population for academic achievement with an emphasis on academic excellence, spiritual and ethical development, civic engagement, and leadership in a nurturing environment.

Paul Quinn College3. Paul Quinn College – Dallas, TX : 10.94%

Located in Dallas, Paul Quinn is a small, coeducational, liberal arts institution affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The mission of Paul Quinn College is to provide a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in their communities. Academic excellence lies at the heart of the College’s mission, along with the values of integrity, responsibility, accountability, fiduciary responsibility, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Texas College4. Texas College- Tyler, TX : 9.23%

Texas College is a historical black college founded in 1894, by a group of Christian Methodist Episcopal ministers. Their mission, which continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is to ensure that the student body experiences balanced, intellectual, psychological, social and spiritual development, aimed at enabling them to become active productive members of society where they live and work. Texas College incorporates the core values of academic excellence, integrity, perseverance, tolerance, and community service.

Jarvis Christian College5. Jarvis Christian College- Hawkins, TX: 7.46%

Jarvis Christian College is a historically Black liberal arts, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The mission of the college is to prepare students intellectually, through academic programs that promote excellence in teaching and learning; socially, through student-centered support programs that encourage positive and constructive communication among peers, faculty, and staff; spiritually, through programs that stimulate spiritual growth and worship; and personally, through interaction that fosters self-development and maturity. The mission further seeks to prepare students for professional and graduate studies, productive careers, and to function effectively in a global and technological society.

UDC6. University of the District of Columbia- Washington, DC: 6.96%

University of District of Columbia, founded in 1851, is an HBCU and an urban land-grant institute of higher education. Through its community college, university and graduate schools, it offers affordable post-secondary education to District of Columbia residents at the certificate, associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels. These programs will prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, the next level of education, specialized employment opportunities or life-long learning.

PVAMU7. Prairie View A & M University- Prairie View, TX: 6.24%

Prairie View A&M University, the first state supported college in Texas for African Americans, was established during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War. It is dedicated to achieving excellence and relevance in teaching, research and service. It seeks to invest in program and services that address issues and challenges affecting the diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population of Texas and the larger society including the global arena. The university seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for students who, upon completion of bachelors, master, or doctorate degrees, possess self-sufficiency and professional competences. The experience is imbued by the institution’s values including, but not limited to, access and quality, accountability, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility.

Fayetteville State University8. Fayetteville State University- Fayetteville, NC : 5.86%

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a historically black university founded in 1867 has a tradition of excellence in teacher education and is the second oldest state supported school in North Carolina. The student body, faculty, and staff today rank among the nation’s most diverse campus communities. FSU has a tradition of collaboration with the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg-Pope Air Force Base community, and renders services throughout southeastern North Carolina. FSU has a tradition of an affordable education and of preparing students to be life-long learners, to be responsible citizens, and to render selfless service to mankind.

UVI9. University of the Virgin Islands- US Virgin Islands : 5.76%

Founded in 1962, UVI is a public, co-ed, land-grant HBCU in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled on the two campuses: the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the St. Thomas campus. The institution offers 37 undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs across its five colleges and schools.

Wiley College10. Wiley College- Marshall, TX : 5.47%

Wiley College is a four-year, privately-supported, historically black university founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas. Wiley College holds distinction as one of the oldest black colleges west of the Mississippi River. Committed to the principle of educational access, the College serves traditional and non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds who have expressed a desire and potential for learning in a Christian environment. The College, in fulfilling its basic purpose of providing a liberal arts education with a global focus, endeavors to provide an intellectually stimulating environment, promoting student competencies in communication, as well as, critical and analytical thinking.

11 Latino/a College Presidents at Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. higher education landscape is diverse and comprised of numerous types of institutions. As a result, there is a need for a diverse group of leaders to be at the helms of these institutions. MSIs often afford leadership opportunities for women and minorities that may not be found in other sectors of higher education. Here is a list of 10 past and present Latino/a college presidents at MSIs.

tomas rivera1.) Tomás Rivera – University of California-Riverside

In 1979, Rivera was named Chancellor at the University of California Riverside. He was both the youngest chancellor ever and the first minority chancellor at this university. For almost twenty years, Rivera worked alongside his family members as a migrant worker. This experience formed the basis of his best-known literary work, …Y No Se lo Trago la Tierra / And the Earth Did Not Part, and also helped form his educational philosophies concerning people of color.

tomas arciniega2.) Tomás A. Arciniega – California State University-Bakersfield

Tomás A. Arciniega, CSU President Emeritus, served as president of California State University-Bakersfield for 21 years (1983-2004). As president and professor of educational administration, he was the chief executive officer of this institution which, since its early history, has enjoyed an outstanding reputation, and has a rapidly growing multi-ethnic population that it serves. In 1973 he was named dean of education at San Diego State University, and served in that post until 1980. He served as provost at California State University, Fresno from 1980 to 1983, and in 1983 he was named president of California State University-Bakersfield.

manuel esteban3.) Manuel A. Esteban – California State University-Chico

Dr. Esteban assumed the position of president of CSU-Chico in August 1993. Prior to coming to CSU-Chico, Esteban was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Humboldt State University for three years. From 1987 to 1990, he was dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at California State University, Bakersfield.

Ruben_Arminana4.) Ruben Armina- Sonoma State University

Ruben Armiñana became the sixth president of Sonoma State University in 1992. He is also professor of political science and teaches or guest lectures on occasion. During Dr. Armiñana’s tenure he has been successful in furthering the academic and co-curricular programs of the University, leading to Sonoma State University being one of the most popular campuses in the California State University.

piedad robertson5.) Piedad F. Robertson- Santa Monica College

Piedad F. Robertson has served as superintendent/President of Santa Monica College since July 1, 1995. Since coming to Santa Monica College, Dr. Robertson has established herself as a leader in innovative educational programs, workforce and economic development, fundraising, community and government relations, planning, and effective management.

anna solley6.) Anna Solley – Phoenix College

Dr. Anna Solley brings 36 years of higher education experience to her role as President of Phoenix College. A long-time Maricopa County Community College District administrator, she provides exemplary leadership in the complex environment of higher education. Dr. Solley assumed the role of Acting President of Phoenix College in January 2005 and was appointed President on April 25, 2006. Prior to serving in this capacity, she spent four years in the role of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD).
dr. soto7.) Carlos Soto – Hillsborough Community College

Dr. Soto has served as the Brandon Campus President, since 1999. From 1996 to 1999 he served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he was responsible for all instructional components of the college, which included four campuses, eight instructional divisions, seven centers, and over 110 instructional programs. He also served as the Dean of Health Occupations from 1987 to 1996. Dr. Soto has held faculty positions at Northern Kentucky University and Southern Illinois University.

anne prisco8.) Anne Prisco – Felecian College

Dr. Anne Prisco was selected as Felician College’s fifth president and began her tenure on July 1, 2012. Dr. Prisco, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, brings to Felician more than 30 years of experience in higher education, where she served in a number of roles, including administrator, faculty member, consultant and policy researcher. Before coming to Felician, Dr. Prisco served as vice president for enrollment management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and also taught in the School of Education’s doctoral program and the department of economics.

juliet garcia9.) Juliet V. García – University of Texas at Brownsville

Juliet V. García joined The University of Texas System as president of The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) in January 1992 after having served as president of Texas Southmost College (TSC) for six years. When she was named as president of the comprehensive community college in 1986, she became the first Mexican-American woman to become president of a college or university in the United States.

Matos-Rodriguez10.) Félix V. Matos Rodríguez- (HCC) of The City University of New York (CUNY)

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez took office as the 6th President of Hostos Community College (HCC) of The City University of New York (CUNY) on July 1, 2009. He has embraced CUNY’s and Hostos’ mission of providing a quality education to motivated students, particularly those who come from backgrounds traditionally not well served by higher education and those who have the desire to transform their lives through a rigorous liberal arts and sciences education and through professional career programs.

Josey Aybar11.) José M. Aybar – Richard Daley College

José M. Aybar, is the president of Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, a position he has held since August 2009. He has helped develop and implement a major initiative at the campus to increase academic support to students in need of remediation through the innovative Developmental Education Initiative.