7 U.S. Congresswomen who Graduated from MSIs

by Tania Irwin

This January was the inauguration of President Donald Trump. What was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, turned sour as protestors dominated the news circuit. The next day, January 20th, approximately 4.8 million women gathered all over the United States to host a Women’s March on Washington. During the march, women participated in the elevation of women empowerment and support. In recognition of their efforts, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights Congresswomen that graduated from a minority serving institution.

1) Jennifer González: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (HSI)—San Juan, PR


Jennifer is Hispanic American and a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was recently elected as the Resident Commissioner of the New Progressive party in Puerto Rico. She will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

2) Norma Torres: Mt. San Antonio College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Walnut, CA


Norma is Hispanic American and grew up in Los Angeles, CA, having been born in Escuintla, Guatemala. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of California. She has served in the 114th Congress (2015-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

3) Alma Adams: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC


Alma is African American and from High Point, North Carolina. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of North Carolina. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress from 2013-2017 and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

4) Gloria Negrete-McLeod: Chaffey College (HSI)— Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Gloria is Hispanic American and from Los Angeles, California. She has served in the 113th Congress and fulfilled her congressional term from 2013 to 2015. During the course of her 12 years serving in the state legislature she was proud to have sponsored more than 160 bills into law through three different governors.

5) Tammy Duckworth: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


Tammy is Asian Pacific American, having grown up in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, as well as across Southeast Asia due to her family’s international development work. She has served as a Democratic Representative of Illinois in the 113th Congress (2013-2015). She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Senator of Illinois and will serve until the year of 2023.

6) Joyce Beatty: Central State University (HBCU)—Wilberforce, OH


Joyce is African American and a native of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Ohio. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress (2013-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

7) Colleen Hanabusa: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


Colleen is Asian Pacific American and a native of Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Hawaii. She has served in the 112th, 113th and 114th Congress (2011-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

To read more about women of color in Congress, please visit this website.

Do you know any other Congresspeople who graduated from an MSI? Share in the comments below!

7 MSIs with top Engineering Programs in the U.S.

by Will Anyu

In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we would like to highlight MSIs leading the way in Engineering around the nation. Here are seven MSIs ranked in the top 150 engineering programs in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s top Engineering Schools.

1) University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Irvine, CA


2) University of California, Riverside (AANAPISI/HSI)—Riverside, CA

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3) University of Houston (AANAPISI)—Houston, TX

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4) University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI)—Arlington, TX

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5) Florida A&M University (HBCU)—Tallahassee, FL

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6) University of California, Merced (AANAPISI/HSI)—Merced, CA


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


Are there more MSIs with strong engineering programs? Share in the comments below!

10 MSIs that Award the Most Student Financial Aid

by Heather Caudle

As many students finalize which college they will attend in the fall, financial offerings remain an important factor in college choice. Fortunately, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) offer financial aid packages that include scholarships, grants, work study programs, and other forms of aid that do not need to repaid. In an effort to make higher education accessible to our students, this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features the top-ranking MSIs that made Best College’s “Best Financial Aid Programs” list last year.

Note: To formulate their original list, Best Colleges selected four-year public universities with enrollments that exceed 10,000 students. Additionally, each school participates in the federal financial aid program known as Title IV. These federal aid options will be available at every school on our list for students who have a family income under $48,000 and submitted a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

1) The University of Texas- Pan American (HSI)Edinburg, TX


2) California State University- Dominguez Hills (AANAPISI/HSI)—Carson, CA


3) CUNY Lehman College (HSI)—Bronx, NY


4) CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (HSI)— Manhattan, NY


5) CUNY Queens College (AANAPISI)—Flushing, NY


6) CUNY Brooklyn College (AANAPISI)—Brooklyn, NY


7) California State University- Fresno (AANAPISI/HSI)—Fresno, CA


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


9) CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (AANAPISI)—Manhattan, NY


10) CUNY City College (AANAPISI/HSI)—New York, NY



To view full list, click here.

Do you know of any other Best MSIs Financial Aid Programs? Share in the comments below!

STEM Opportunities at 9 AANAPISIs

by Carol Sandoval

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education contributed to the advancement of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Funded by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the following 9 AANAPISIs have each received more than $300,000 in grants to allocate towards STEM programs, curriculum revision, and student research. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up outlines the different ways in which these institutions are using these grants!

1) American River College (AANAPISI)—Sacramento, CA

Grant Awarded: $350,000

The ARC TRIO Student Support Services STEM Program at American River College provides students with financial and economic literacy workshops, transfer preparation and assistance, and individualized academic tutoring.

2) California State University East Bay (AANAPISI)—Hayward, CA

Grant Awarded: $349,998

At CSUEB, a newly-implemented project called CIRCLe Labs offers programs for students of all ages. By collaborating with community spaces, such as YMCAs and primary schools, CIRCLe Labs target a younger audience to instill a passion for STEM at an earlier age.

3) Mt. San Antonio College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Walnut, CA

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Grant Awarded: $350,000

In order to keep the students on the right track towards the completion of STEM majors, Mt. San Antonio College offers a STEM Coaching Program. Students are grouped into teams of 3 students and are led by a Coach that “reinforces study, planning, and organization skills weekly and provides guidance toward improved performance.”

4) University of California Irvine (AANAPISI)—Irvine, CA

Grant Awarded: $302,242

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program at UCI provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty and research mentors to learn more about instrument operation, sample analysis, and data reduction.

5) Bunker Hill Community College (AANAPISI)—Boston, MA

Grant Awarded: $344,859

The STEM Starter Academy at Bunker Hill Community College gives students the opportunity to complete two semesters of math over the summer. This free program eases the process of majoring in STEM.

6) Middlesex Community College (AANAPISI)—Lowell, MA

Grant Awarded: $346,449

Middlesex Community College aims to create of a pipeline of students into STEM programs. MCC has several STEM programs that prepare students for either immediate entry into a STEM career or a baccalaureate STEM program.

7) University of Massachusetts Boston (AANAPISI)—Boston, MA

Grant Awarded: $350,000

The University of Massachusetts Boston hosts a STEM Career & Internship Expo that connects current students with alumna. At the expo, students hear from a panel of discussants and then have the opportunity to network with the professionals in attendance.

8) University of Nevada Las Vegas (AANAPISI)—Las Vegas, NV

Grant Awarded: $349,999

Seniors at the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are required to present a senior design. After their submission, students are able to collaborate with MBA students from the Lee Business School to enter their project into business plan competitions.

9) CUNY Hunter (AANAPISI)—New York City, NY

Grant Awarded: $349,565

Since 1992, first, second, and third year students at CUNY Hunter have had the opportunity to apply to the Early Identification Program which “provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools.”


Know of other AANAPISIs doing great work in STEM? Share in the comments below!

10 of the “Safest” MSIs

by Tania Irwin

By May 1, high school seniors must finalize their college selection. College will be your home for the next few years. To assist our students in the decision-making process, here are some of the Minority Serving Institutions that made the College Choice’s Safest Colleges and Universities List last year.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. To determine the safest colleges, College Choice researched 4-year institutions and their surrounding areas with the lowest crime rates. To narrow their results, researchers combed through each institution’s’ general crime report, documented hate crime list, gender (women) violence list, arrests made, fire incidences, and discipline enforced activity from 2013 to 2016. Each institution was given a(n): general safety grade, anti-discrimination grade, women’s safety grade, party scene grade, and fire safety grade, formulating the top 50 list.

1) CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (AANAPISI)—New York, NY


2) University of Houston – Downtown (HSI) – Houston, TX


3) University of Massachusetts – Boston (AANAPISI) – Boston, MA


4) Nova Southeastern University (HSI) – Fort Lauderdale, FL


5) University of Alaska Anchorage (NASNTI) – Anchorage, Alaska


6) University of Texas – San Antonio (HSI) – San Antonio, TX


7) California State University – Long Beach (AANAPISI/HSI)—Long Beach, CA


To learn more about College Choice, click here.

To view the full list, click here.