6 MSI Study Abroad Programs That Can Take You Around the Globe

By Jillian Cener

Did you know that students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) account for only 3.6% of all students who study abroad?  Studying abroad can increase students’ understanding of other places, histories, cultures, and languages.  For students leaving the country for the first time, going abroad with a faculty member of their own institution can help ease the transition between cultures.  In celebration of our recent “Project Passport” initiative with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 6 MSIs with global experiences led by their own faculty.

1) Art & Sustainability Summer Session in Ghana – Florida A&M University (HBCU)


Dr. Courtnay Micots is leading a six-week program on sustainable art in Ghana in Summer 2017. Through workshops, internships, meetings, and cultural visits, students will be exposed to the traditional art of southern Ghana. This international experience will help students think critically about sustainability and the economy. Click here for more information.

2) Summer 2017 in Nova Scotia & Iceland – Delaware State University (HBCU)


Students at Delaware State University can travel to Nova Scotia and Iceland this summer with the school’s History Department. Students will spend the first seven days in Halifax, Nova Scotia, learning about the African experience and the remaining four days in Reykjavik, Iceland, exploring and enjoying the beautiful nature of the area. Click here for more information.

3) Fundamentals of Finance Summer Session in Shanghai – San Diego State University (HSI)


Business students are invited to take a survey course of finance in the global city of Shanghai, China. SDSU faculty will introduce students to the financial world and its basic concepts. Students in this course will benefit from visits to companies, guest speakers, and cultural excursions to museums, temples, gardens, and markets. Click here for more information.

4) Winter 2017 in South Africa – Santa Monica College (HSI)


Students at Santa Monica College looking for a unique winter session experience can join SMC professors Delphine Broccard and Wilfred Doucet on a program in South Africa. Students will learn about the history of South Africa through safaris, historical and cultural visits, and service projects. Students will also gain credit for two classes, one each in communication studies and English. Click here for more information.

5) Italian Culture and the Arts in Siena, Italy Summer Session – University of Illinois at Chicago (AANAPISI)


Join UIC lecturer Maria Iusco for a summer of Italian culture in Siena, Italy. Students will take two classes, “Italian Society through the Arts” and a second class, either “Italian Medieval Art and Architecture” or one on the Italian language. Studying at the Dante Alighieri Society in Siena, students will learn about Italian culture and art first-hand. Click here for more information.

6) European Reformation Tour in Summer 2017 – Chowan University (PBI)

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In honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his “Ninety-five Theses” on a church door in Wittenberg, Chowan University is offering a Reformation Tour to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university. The group will follow the history of the Reformation through Germany, France, and Switzerland, making stops in Berlin, Wittenburg, Erfurt, Eisenach, Mainz, Worms, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Zurich, Lucern, and Geneva. Click here for more information.

5 Dynamic Activists Who Attended a Tribal College or University (TCU) or Native-American Serving, Nontribal Institution (NASNTI)

by Aisha Bowen

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Native-American Serving, Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs) have historically served as spaces dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for students of Native American descent. In light of the Dakota Access pipeline protests recently highlighted in media (though similar protests have been taking place long before now), it is important to recognize how these institutions are training Native American students to become both leaders and activists in their communities. This  week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up recognizes 5 social activists who attended a TCU or NASNTI.

1) Reno Charette—Chief Dull Knife College


Reno Charette currently serves as the Montana State University- Billings Director of the American Indian Outreach Office. Charette is a member of the Ties-In-Bundle clan of the Crow Nation and a descendent of the Pembina band of Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne reservation and attended Chief Dull Knife College during the summer of 1989 to study Northern Cheyenne language under Bill Tall Bull (leader of one of Cheyenne’s strongest warrior societies). Currently, she teaches Native American Studies courses and works on cultural projects that help American Indian students feel comfortable and succeed while attending college at MSUB.

(Source: http://www.msubillings.edu/lectures/womenshistory/panel-2.htm)

2) Gordon Belcourt—Blackfeet Community College


Gordon Belcourt is known as one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most instrumental Native American leaders. Belcourt was the Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death in 2013. His work helped built the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health. Belcourt’s staff at the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council described him as a mentor who led by example. They said late in life he put much of his focus into water rights issues and trying to lower rates of alcoholism and suicide on reservations. In addition to his work through this organization, he also served as president of the TCU, Blackfeet Community College during his professional tenure.

(Source: http://mtpr.org/post/native-leader-gordon-belcourt-diesv)

3) Carolyn Burgess Savage—Haskell Indian Nations University


Carolyn Burgess Savage is a Member of the Chitimacha Nation (a small federally recognized tribe on the Gulf Coast in small town of Charenton) whose activism work includes preserving the native languages of her nation. Savage was a student  Haskell Indian Nations University (a TCU), where she studied her native language extensively. Savage relocated back to Cherenton as an adult and began her work teaching Chitimacha classes at a local cultural center. While Savage believes that one person cannot save a language, her work ignited a larger movement for language preservation programs.

(Source: http://leg.mt.gov/content/Committees/Interim/2013-2014/State-Tribal-Relations/Meetings/June-2013/Exhibits/Language_journal%20articles.pdf)

4. E.J.R. David—University of Alaska-Anchorage


Psychologist E.J.R. David is famously known for his work regarding “the psychology of marginalized groups” with specific focuses on rural, cultural, and indigenous frameworks. David is a graduate of University of Alaska-Anchorage (a NASNTI) and currently serves an associate professor of Psychology at the university. As a Filipino-American community activist, David’s uses his proud Filipino heritage to infuse activism into his academic work. His work focuses on “improving the mental and physical well being of people of color.”

(Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/e-j-r-david-phd)

5. Charles W. Blackwell—East Central State College


Charles Blackwell, member of the Chickasaw Nation, was known as a “man of vision.” Blackwell served as the Chickasaw Nation Ambassador to the United States and the first American Indian Ambassador. As ambassador, Blackwell advocated heavily for Native education and Tribal economic development. Blackwell was a graduate of East Central State College (a NASNTI) in Ada, Oklahoma. Interestingly, Blackwell attended University of Mexico, a Hispanic Serving Intuition (HSI) to complete his law degree. As an advocate for Native education, he served in major leadership roles at the American Indian Law Center. Blackwell is said to be responsible for sending over 50 Native American students to law school.

(Source: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/chickasaw-nation-ambassador-charles-blackwell-walks-146772)

9 HBCU Alumni who Made it Big in the NBA/NFL

by Ndeh W. Anyu

Only about .03 percent of high school seniors eventually make it to the NBA and only about .09 percent of high school students make it to the NFL. The grand majority of these individuals are products of large research institutions and big programs, which do not include Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). But these nine HBCU alumni not only made it into the pros but also dominated in their careers.

1)  Rick Mahorn, Hampton University (Basketball)

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2)  Ryan Smith, North Carolina Central University (Football)

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3)  Ben Wallace, Virginia Union University (Basketball)

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4)  Robert Porcher, South Carolina State University (Football)

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5)  Willis Reed, Grambling State University (Basketball)

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6)  Steve McNair, Alcorn State University (Football)

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7)  Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Winston Salem State University (Basketball)

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8)  Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Tennessee State University (Football)

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9)  Sam Jones, North Carolina Central University (Basketball)

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13 MSIs that Keep Camping Fun for Labor Day

by Louis Bolling
Today is Labor Day, which marks one of the most popular camping weekends of the year! In celebration, this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features a list of 13 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with parks-and-recreation degree programs. These MSIs educate the knowledgeable individuals who manage and maintain our nation’s parks as well as other popular travel destinations.

1) Benedict College (HBCU)


Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services Program: The mission of the Recreation and Leisure Services (RSL) degree program is to enable students to be a power for good in society through the provision of leisure services in their community. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, understandings, and values required to assess, develop, and implement innovative solutions to societal problems in the form of recreation and leisure program services. Graduates can enhance opportunities for stakeholders to improve their quality of life by using leisure to attain optimal health and well-being. Efforts are directed at preparing all students to fully participate in a global society.

2) California State University Dominguez Hills (AANAPISI/HSI)

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Sports, Entertainment, and Hospitality: CSU-Dominguez Hills’ sports, entertainment, and hospitality management degree is perfect for students who want to approach the industry from a business perspective. In addition to the core business courses, students will take classes in sports and entertainment marketing, principles of travel and tourism, hotel and resort management, trade show and event marketing, sports psychology, and managing sports facilities.

3) California State University East Bay (AANAPISI)

Bachelor of Science in Recreation: The recreation degree at CSU-East Bay offers minors in recreation, hospitality, and recreation therapy. Students can also major in hospitality and tourism and select any of those minors. This bachelor’s degree in recreation can lead to a wide variety of positions, including after-school director, event manager, sports coordinator, aquatics manager, senior center manager, resort manager, camp director, or country club manager. Some of the unique classes available to students are social justice in hospitality, principles of meetings, conventions, and special events, facilities management and administration in leisure, and wellness through leisure.

4) California State University Fresno (AANAPISI/HSI)

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration: CSU-Fresno’s COAPRT-accredited recreation degree offers concentrations in therapeutic recreation, adventure recreation & tourism, commercial recreation & event planning, community recreation & youth services, and sports & entertainment facility management. Graduates have taken jobs working in military recreation, resort/hotel management, school recreation, city parks and recreation, and more. Some of the interesting classes offered by the program are lifelong learning in the natural environment, challenge course facilitation, serving at-risk youth, special event planning, and sports and entertainment facility booking, promotion, and box office operations.

5) California State University Long Beach (AANAPISI/HSI)


Bachelor of Arts in Recreation: The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) is one of 12 discreet departments in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at California State University Long Beach, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1965, the department has been in existence for 48 years serving undergraduate and graduate populations. The Department has been accredited through the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) for over 30 years. RLS offers two programs of study: a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation with concentrations in Community Recreation, Parks and OutdoorRecreation Resource Management, Campus Recreation and Student Services, or Tourism Management; and, a Bachelor’s of Arts inRecreation with an option in Recreation Therapy.

6) California State University Northridge (AANAPISI/HSI)

Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation: CSU Northridge’s COAPRT-accredited recreation degree offers concentrations in hospitality and tourism or recreation management. Regardless of which track student choose, they have access to unique and interesting classes, which include recreation and the natural environment, backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering, winter mountaineering, survival, caving, sailing, and waterskiing/wakeboarding. Graduates from the program have become recreation center directors, outdoor education specialists, camp directors, park rangers, and campus recreational sport directors.

7) California State University Sacramento (AANAPISI)

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Management: The Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration is part of the College of Health and Human Services. The program has two undergraduate concentrations, Recreation and Park Management and Recreation Therapy. Students in Recreation and Park Management focus on commercial, community, and outdoor areas, although all students (including RT) take a common core. Students in the commercial recreation program have found internships at Walt Disney World, Hyatt Regency Hotels, Club Med, Disneyland, Marriott Hotels, and Raley Field. Students from the resource management concentrations tend to intern with organizations like the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Reclamation.

8) Chicago State University (PBI)

Bachelor of Science in Recreation: The Recreation Program at Chicago State University serves an urban community traditionally underrepresented in parks, recreation, and leisure higher education and the recreation and leisure profession. The Recreation Program provides quality undergraduate education and partners with a wide variety of recreation and leisure providers within the Chicago Metropolitan Area to enhance student education and provide the leisure profession with sensitive, knowledgeable, and diverse professionals in a variety of recreation and leisure areas.

9) Fort Lewis College (NASNTI)

Bachelor of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management: The tourism and hospitality management degree at Fort Lewis College is an accredited business administration program. Available classes in this program include management and organizational behavior, operations management, and business of gaming. Students can minor in adventure education, which includes classes like adventure education leadership, adventure processing and facilitation, philosophy and theory of adventure education, and wilderness expedition.

10) Grambling State University (HBCU)


Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies: 
The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredited recreation degree at Grambling offers concentrations in general recreation and therapeutic recreation. Students in the therapeutic recreation concentration will take classes like disabling conditions in therapeutic recreation, legal liability in recreation and sport, and human growth/development. Students concentrating in general recreation have more flexibility and can take classes in program planning, urban recreation, craft design, management of leisure services, and inclusive and special recreation. The current Leisure Studies Program (LSP) was the first accredited program located at an HBCU.

11) San Diego State University (HSI)


Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management: 
SDSU offers recreation administration students concentrations in outdoor resource management, recreation systems management, and sustainable tourism management. Outdoor resource management students will find jobs as education specialists, outdoor program leaders, and wildlife rangers. Recreation systems management opens doors in non-profit agencies, management positions in state and national parks, and event planner positions with municipal agencies and parks. Sustainable tourism management students often find career opportunities in state tourism commissions, planning green meetings and events, and creating sustainable solutions for tours, accommodation, transportation, and attractions.

12) San Jose State University (AANAPISI)

Bachelor of Science in Recreation: SJSU students earning their COAPRT-accredited degree in recreation can choose between recreation management and recreational therapy for their concentrations. The Department of Health Science and Recreation is one of 11 discreet departments and 3 programs in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) at San Jose State University. The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has been in operation since 1945, is the oldest recreation department in the State of California, and the second oldest program in the country (preceded only by the University of Minnesota). The first graduating class was in 1947. The academic discipline of recreation has been accredited since 1987. The department offers one undergraduate major: B.S. in Recreation with three pathways to graduation; BS in Recreation; BS in Recreation: Concentration in Recreation Management; BS in Recreation: Concentration in Recreation Therapy.

13) Winston-Salem State University (HBCU)

Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation Program: The Therapeutic Recreation Program is specifically designed for students who wish to enter the profession of therapeutic recreation which is sometimes also known as recreational therapy and/or to prepare for graduate study in related allied health and human service fields.
Some information was obtained from College Values Online’s 30 Best Value Bachelor’s Degrees in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure (by College Values Online Staff, Published January 2016).