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.

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