10 MSIs Spreading Sexual Health Awareness

by Tania Irwin

Each year, Trojan Brand Condoms releases a Sexual Report Card, bringing awareness to high-levels of unprotected sex that occurs on college campuses and highlighting postsecondary institutions making great strides toward sexual responsibility.  In honor of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month, we are honoring the Minority Serving Institutions that made the list this year!

Collegiate student health centers are ‘graded’ in eleven categories:

  • Quality of sexual health information and resources on website
  • Contraceptive availability — free or at cost
  • Condom availability — free or at cost
  • HIV testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
  • Lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups for sexual health education
  • Sexual assault programs, resources or services
  • Overall website usability and quality
  • Hours of operation
  • Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
  • Extra credit

Bert Sperling, founder of Sperling’s BestPlaces, which sponsored the report card, stated, “In the eleven years since we started the study, we’ve seen a huge improvement in the level of sexual health information and resources provided by the schools’ student health centers. Students have used the Trojan rankings to approach their administration and make a case for better resources and services.”

Read more here.

1) California State University – Fresno (AANAPISI/HSI)—Fresno, CA


2) Florida International University (HSI)—Miami, FL


3) San Jose State University (AANAPISI)—San Jose, CA


4) San Diego State University (HSI)—San Diego, CA


5) University of Texas – Pan American (HSI)—Edinburg, TX


6) University of Hawaii – Manoa (AANAPISI)—Honolulu, HI


7) The University of Texas at El Paso (HSI)—El Paso, TX


8) New Mexico State University (HSI)—Las Cruces, NM


9) Savannah State University (HBCU)—Savannah, GA


10) Chicago State University (PBI)—Chicago, Illinois


Know of other MSIs with student health and sexual health programs? Share in the comments below!

4 Autism Studies Programs at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

April is known as National Autism Awareness Month. Thus, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 4 MSIs with dynamic Applied Behavior Analysis studies programs.

Autism is a developmental disability that, depending on the severity, can cause

  • “delayed learning of language;
  • “difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation;
  • “difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning;
  • “narrow, intense interests; and poor motor skills and sensory sensitivities” (SOURCE).

While 1 in 68 children live with autism in the U.S., there are significant disparities in diagnosis and treatment of children of color who have autism. In fact, new research has shown that regressive autism—which affects a child’s language and social skills—is twice as common for Black children versus their white counterparts (SOURCE). Applied Behavior Analysis is the field of study that those interested in finding solutions for these children go into.

1) California State University, Sacramento (AANAPISI)—Sacramento, CA


California State University, Sacramento offers a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis that focuses on teaching students how to think deeply about a person’s behavioral processes and how these processes are affected by certain disorders. The program prepares for the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board) exams through its rigorous coursework. Faculty of this program specialize in field such as Autism treatment, Pediatric Behavioral Problems, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and even Parent and Teacher training.


2) Savannah State University (HBCU)—Savannah, GA



Savannah State University is one of the few HBCUs in the country that offers a B.S. in Behavior Analysis to its undergraduate students. The career centered program has four main career concentration tracks for students: 1) Developmental Disabilities and Autism, 2) Education and Special Education, 3) Clinical and Counseling  and 4) Business and Industry. Read more about what these concentrations entail, HERE!


3) CUNY Queens College (AANAPISI)—Queens, NY

Queens College

Queens College currently offers an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. This program’s mission is to provide students with the proper training needed to become certified behavior analysis in the State of New York. As such, the program “meets the educational competence requirements” needed for students to pursue that certification. The new scheme for this program includes classes centered on “Psychology of Learning,” and “Autism Treatment”.



4) California State University, Northridge (AANAPISI)—Northridge, CA

Cal State Northridge


Cal State University—Northridge’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program is within the University’s Department of Psychology. This two year program provides the proper training necessary for students to earn their degree, sit for the “Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)” exams,and pursue doctoral studies in ABA. This program is unique because it teaches students essential skills when working in the field with children on the Autism spectrum such as “how to conduct thorough behavioral assessments, implement and monitor evidence-based interventions, and consult with parents, caregivers and school personnel while adhering to the profession’s ethical guidelines.”



Do you know of any other MSIs studying autism? Share in the comments below!

5 MSIs That Host Spring Celebrations

by Will Anyu

Spring is finally here! As such, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up includes five MSIs giving spring festivities a fresh name. These five institutions have been hosting these large scale events for many years and participants can’t get enough.

1) Springfest: University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA 


The campus of USC hosts Springfest every year. This massive celebration is highlighted by a concert that brings crowds numbering in the thousands. Past performers include artists such as Big Sean and WALK THE MOON. This year, the all-star lineup of artists included 2 Chainz, Portugal the Man, BØRNS, Isaiah Rashad, Audio Push, HOLYCHILD, and WALLA.

2) Spring Garden Festival: Cuyamaca College (HSI)—El Cajon, CA


This year marks the 24th Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College. This celebration is a family-friendly celebration of spring that brings together more than 3,000 plus individuals each year. Included in the festival are exhibits and demonstrations which provide examples and best practices on how to become a better gardener and to take better care of our planet.

3) Art Attack: University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD

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This year, UMD-College Park will celebrate its 32nd annual Art Attack concert on May 1, 2017.  Headlining the concert this year is Jessie J, with openers Logic and Chainsmokers.

4) Extravaganza: University of California, Santa Barbara (HSI)—Santa Barbara, CA 

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Extravaganza is an annual free concert that started on the campus of UCSB in 1979 and has been hosted every year since 1989. Past acts have included ODESZA, Rae Sremmurd, Zella Day, Emancipator, and many more.

5) Tigerfest: Grambling State University (HBCU)—Grambling, LA


This past month, GSU hosted its annual Tigerfest. It was a week filled with festivities, celebrities, and entertainers. The lineup included Migos, Jacques, Deray Davis, BlaQ Rob, and Steve Brown.

Do you know of any more MSIs celebrating spring? Share in the comments below!




4 HBCUs in the NCAA Championship Tournaments

By Larry McDaniel Jr.

For the sports and college world, the month of March is considered a national treasure and holiday. Throughout the NCAA season, which runs from the fall to the spring, teams set their sights on gaining entry to the NCAA’s end of season tournaments. This year, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are well represented, both in the NCAA Division I Tournament, as well as in the NCAA Division II Tournament. For today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, lets take a look at those teams and how they fared in the tournament, as well as in the season!

1) Virginia Union University (HBCU)—Richmond, VA


Virginia Union University’s (VUU) Women’s basketball team finished the season ranked #2 nationally in the Coaches Association Poll. Riding a 28-5 season, the Panthers claimed the regional title and reached the NCAA Division II National Champion game where they faced off against Ashland University. Unfortunately, VUU loss 93-77. Nonetheless, the lady Panthers season will go down in history, as this season marks their highest ranking ever.

2) Texas Southern University (HBCU)—Houston, TX


Texas Southern University of the Southwest Athletic Conference made the NCAA Division I “March Madness” Tournament as a 16 seed. This is their seventh tournament appearance all-time, and for the third time in the last four years. Despite the efforts of Kevin Scott (19 points), the Tigers fell to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–a number one seed. Texas Southwestern finished the season 23-12 and was recently honored for their efforts by the Houston City Council.

3) North Carolina Central University (HBCU)—Durham, NC

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-Iowa State vs North Carolina Central

After winning the 2017 MEAC basketball tournament, North Carolina Central University (NC Central) entered the NCAA Division I “March Madness” Tournament as a 16 seed. The Eagles faced off against the UC Davis Aggies in the opening four games of the tournament. The matchup didn’t disappoint, as it went down to the wire. With 1:49 left in the game, standout player, Dajuan Graf nailed a 3-pointer to bring the score to 64-63. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough and the Eagles fell short, 67-63. NC Central finished the season 25-9.

4) Hampton University (HBCU)—Hampton, VA


Hampton University’s Lady Pirates–the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Champions–entered the NCAA Tournament as a 15 seed in the Bridgeport Region. After a two-year absence from the tournament, the Lady Pirates traveled to the #2 seed, Duke University. Jephany Brown scored 18 points to lead Hampton; however, it wasn’t enough. Duke University won decidedly, 94-31. Despite the loss, the Lady Pirates finished the season strong (20-13) and developed a solid foundation for the future.

Know of any other HBCUs represented in the NCAA Division I or Division II Tournaments? Share in the comments below!