7 MSIs with Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Groups

By Marietess Masulit

Joining an alumni association is a great way to stay connected with your alma mater. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights seven MSIs with Asian Pacific Islander (API) alumni associations.

1) University of the Pacific


The Pacific Cambodian Alumni Club at the University of the Pacific connects Khmer alumni to each other and current students. It also provides alumni with opportunities to volunteer and build connections with other alumni. Additionally, the University’s Pacific Kilusan Pilipino Alumni Club provides alumni with opportunities to expand their professional network, serve the community, and reconnect with friends through attendance of their Kilusan events

2) CSU Sacramento


The Sac State API Alumni Chapter launched in fall 2015 and is the first API-dedicated alumni group on campus.

3) University of Maryland, College Park


The mission of the Asian Pacific American Alumni group at the University of Maryland, College Park is to support and cultivate the interests of alumni who identify as belonging to the Asian Pacific American community.

4) University of Southern California 


The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association connects and supports alumni of Asian Pacific descent with each other and the university through programming.  

5) CUNY City College


The CCNY Asian Alumni group was established to promote networking opportunities between the growing numbers of Asian American students and alumni.

6) UC Irvine


UC Irvine has a number of alumni constituency clubs and chapters for members who share a common bond or interest, two of which are the Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors and the Korean American Alumni Chapter.

7) UC Riverside


The UC Riverside Korean Alumni chapter provides a space to connect current students and alumni who identify as Korean. It also supports Korean student and alumni organizations.

8 HBCUs Honoring MLK’s Legacy

By Melanie Wolff

This year, January 18 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was authorized in 1983 and first observed three years later to commemorate the great civil rights activist. Schools and universities will be closed for the day and most jobs will give the day off. However, the day has always been pushed as “a day on, not a day off” to honor King’s legacy through service and activism. As King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Below are 8 of the many HBCUs commemorating MLK Day as more than just a day off.

1. Morehouse College


Morehouse was attended by King himself and thus has an incredible list of activities to commemorate him throughout the end of January. MLK day will be celebrated with a day of service, while speaking events, film screenings, and a fundraiser for the MLK Legacy Scholarship will occur through the rest of the month.

2. Tennessee State University


TSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement held a mini grant competition for HBCUs in the southeast region of the country, providing small funds for community service and capacity building projects to be completed for MLK’s Day of Service.

3. Spelman College


Spelman will hold a Day of Service, starting with a speaking event featuring Dr. Vicki Crawford, leading into various community service opportunities throughout the day.

4. Xavier University of Louisiana


Xavier University of Louisiana is collaborating with Tulane, Loyola, and University of New Orleans to create the MLK Week for Peace. The events include a convocation ceremony featuring activist Kwame Rose, volunteering in their New Orleans communities, and a night of artistic expression with step teams, spoken word, song and dance.

5. Hampton University


The Hampton University Student Government Association in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities will host their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march on campus. Following the march, they will have a program honoring King, with the keynote address given by Pastor Akeem Zarell Walker.

6. Florida A&M University


FAMU will be celebrating MLK day with an all-university convocation, as well as a FAMU National Day of Service.

7. Fayetteville State University


Fayetteville is partnering with local organizations to create a day of service and reflection, including a food collection for their local food bank.

8. Delaware State University


Delaware State University is holding their annual MLK National Holiday Program, titled “Celebrate the Dream.”

8 Largest Tribal Colleges and Universities

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) have grown to include 37 institutions serving over 28,000 students and are actively working to revitalize Native languages and culture, promote Tribal sovereignty, and further economic growth aligned with Tribal values.* According to the U.S. Dept of Education’s College Scorecard, here are the 8 largest TCUs in the nation based on undergraduate population:

1) Oglala Lakota College – Kyle, SD (1,450 undergraduates)


2) Diné College – Tsaile, AZ (1,402 undergraduates)


3) Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College – Cloquet, MN (996 undergraduates)



4) Salish Kootenai College – Pablo, MT (809 undergraduates)


5) Haskell Indian Nations University – Lawrence, KS (741 undergraduates)


6) Northwest Indian College – Bellingham, WA (653 undergraduates)


7) Sinte Gleska University – Mission, SD (550 undergraduates)


8) Turtle Mountain Community College – Belcourt, ND (537 undergraduates)


*For more information about these institutions, please see our in-depth report on TCUs.

11 States with the Most White House HBCU All-Stars

Guest Author: Louis Bolling

Over the course of 2015, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities recognized 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as HBCU All-Stars for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. The HBCU All-Stars serve as ambassadors by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the role of the Initiative as a networking resource.

This is a list of the states that claim the most 2015 HBCU All-Stars as natives. The list is in alphabetical order by the student’s hometown or city and states their institution and its location.

1. Georgia (13)

  • Atlanta – Jennifer Smith, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Atlanta – Lauren Wiggins, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • Atlanta – Rebecca Dorsey, Albany State University, Albany, GA
  • Atlanta – Chaz Gibson, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Atlanta – Angelica Willis, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC
  • Atlanta – Alayna Robinson, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
  • Augusta – Patrick Outler, Morris College, Sumter, SC
  • Barnesville – Austin Ogletree, North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC
  • Covington – Timothy Tukes, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • Fayetteville – Lindsey Foster, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Macon – Vi’Dual Futch, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
  • McDonough – Zoe McDowell, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA
  • Warner Robbins – Shelton Bowens, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

2. Maryland (10)

  • Bryans Road – Aaleah Lancaster, Bennet College, Greensboro, NC
  • Capitol Heights – Kayla Fontaine, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Cheltenham – Leah Williams, Delaware State University, Dover, DE
  • Fort Washington – Ravenn Mathis, Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
  • Fort Washington – Antonia Hill, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Laurel – Salematou Traore, University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
  • Parkville- Marcel Jagne-Shaw, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
  • Owings Mills – Miles Jenkins, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
  • Waldorf – Danielle Hawkins, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
  • Woodbine – Mya Harvard, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

3. North Carolina (6)

  • Charlotte – Elliot Jackson, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
  • Charlotte – Raven Weathers, Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC
  • Charlotte – Mona Zahir, Winston Salem State University, Winston, Salem, NC
  • Durham – Tamina Kienka, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
  • Kinston – Kyle Brown, Winston Salem State University, Winston, Salem, NC
  • Winston – Salem, Tyler Duncan, Vorhees College, Denmark, SC

4. Mississippi (5)

  • Corinth – English Fields, Rust College, Holly Springs, MS
  • Edwards – Erica Harris, Hinds Community CollegeUtica Campus, Utica, MS
  • Greenville – Spencer Davis, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
  • Jackson – Nina Hill, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Natchez – Jonathan Weir, Alcorn State University, Alcorn, MS

5. Texas (5)

  • Arlington – Mira Bakine, Langston University, Langston, OK
  • Dallas – Nateisha Choice, Wiley College, Marshall, TX
  • Fort Worth – Britt Spears, Prairie View A&M University, Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston – Quentin Monroe, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
  • Houston – Francis Vazquez, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

6. Alabama (4)

  • Greensboro – Jamie Binns, Talladega College, Talladega, AL
  • Huntsville – Ajiah Graham, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, Huntsville, AL
  • Huntsville – Kedgeree McKenzie, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
  • Tuscaloosa – Avery Brown, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL

7. Florida (4)

  • Miami Gardens – AcNeal Williams, Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Miami – Marquise McGriff, Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Orlando, Landon Wright, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Tallahassee, Gilda Brown, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

8. Louisiana (4)

  • Baton Rouge – Sally Ross, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Gonzales – Sheirvan Ursin, Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, TX
  • Grambling – Temitayo Michael Akinjogunla, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
  • New Orleans – Marina Banks, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

9. South Carolina (4)

  • Hemingway – Kimesha Cooper, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
  • Orangeburg – Kareem Heslop, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
  • Orangeburg – Samuel Cole, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
  • Society Hill – Lamar Butler, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

10. Tennessee (4)

  • Jackson – Tremaine Sails, Dunbar, American Baptist College, Nashville, TN
  • Memphis – Taevin Lewis, HarrisStowe State University, St. Louis, MO
  • Memphis – Keenan Lowery, Lane College, Jackson, TN
  • Memphis – Tamara Bates, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR

11. Virginia (4)

  • Disputanta – Tatyana Calhoun, University of the District of Colombia, Washington, D.C.
  • Hampton – McKinley Strother, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Richmond – Leah Reid, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Beach – Jasmine Dunbar, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
HBCU All-Stars were also selected from the following locations: New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Virgin Island, Nigeria and South Africa.