Art Studies at 7 Minority Serving Institutions

by Carol Sandoval

Golden harvest-fields, amber sunlight, a full spectrum of warm hues. Beauty surrounds us on a regular autumn day. The ambience is peaceful and artistic. As a tribute to the starting fall season, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features seven Minority Serving Institutions cultivating today’s budding artists.

1) California College of the Arts (AANAPISI)—Oakland, CA

Led by incredible faculty and mentors, students at California College of the Arts have the option of choosing amongst twenty-two concentrations. From film, to interior design, to sculpture, there is a major for every artist out there!

2) Delaware State University (HBCU)—Dover, DE

Art Education, a major offered at Delaware State University, trains students to teach art at the K-12 level. The major combines studio art and professional preparation. During their last year, seniors in the major are required to have real-world experience in the classroom as Teaching Assistants at local schools.

3) Laguna College of Art and Design (AANAPISI)—Laguna Beach, CA

As new phone apps become more prominent in today’s society, Game Design, one of twelve majors offered at Laguna College of Art and Design, has become a popular choice among many. Students learn to combine game design, marketing, and business acumen.

4) Hampton University (HBCU)—Hampton, VA

At Hampton University, students are presented with many opportunities to pursue a career in the arts. Art students are encouraged to showcase their own art in local galleries and exhibits while Theater students are invited to attend conferences by the National Association for Dramatics and Speech Arts.

5) Otis College of Art and Design (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA

Located in the West Coast Fashion Capital, Otis College of Art and Design capitalizes on its resource-rich environment. Doubling as a think-tank for industry innovation, Otis collaborates with many employers to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their students. Some majors include Fashion Design, Communication and Architecture.

6) Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico (HSI)—San Juan, PR

Offering majors in graphic design, digital design, sculpture, and industrial design, Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Puerto Rico also hosts professional development workshops for students pursuing a career in the arts.

7) Claflin University (HBCU)—Orangeburg, SC


With majors in Art Education, Digital Design or Studio Art, Claflin University encourage students to explore their artistic horizons by visiting regional museums and studying abroad.

4 MSI Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

by Aisha Bowen

In the US, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th. Throughout the month, multiple events are held on university campuses to celebrate the rich history of Hispanic individuals who are both affiliated with the institutions and in the community. Today’s Monday Morning Line Up highlights 4 MSI’s with unique Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

1) University of Houston (AANAPISI)—Houston, Texas




The University of Houston holds a series of events throughout the month that include art exhibits, political activism discussions, cultural expression dialogues, and celebrations. The University’s Urban Experience program recently began hosting an Annual Celebración “paying tribute to the generations of Latino/as who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Learn more about UH’s Hispanic Heritage Month events here.

2) University of the Pacific (AANAPISI)—San Francisco, CA


University of the Pacific’s Hispanic Heritage month celebrations include speakers, musical performances, ballets, Men’s and Women’s soccer games, festivals and much more! Each of the events are unique ways for the University community to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. Learn more about University of Pacific Latinx Heritage Month Celebrations here.

3) Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (HSI)—Corpus Christi, TX



Texas A&M University Corpus Christi’s Hispanic Heritage month is supported by multiple university and community programs. Some of those organizations include the Islander Cultural Alliance, Department of Humanities Spanish Program, Mexican American Studies Program, The Minority Advance Project of Texas, local libraries, and the Student Nurses Association. These groups organize events such as movie screenings, a Hispanic film series, poetry readings, open house celebrations, and educational advancement dialogues. Learn more these events here.

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


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NSU’s Hispanic Heritage month celebrates all Hispanic ethnicities with specific events related to Argentinian, Venezuelan, and Cuban culture. There is a film festival, book fiesta (celebrating Hispanic early literacy books), virtual Cuban architecture tour, musical performances, and even a Hispanic Community  Health Care luncheon. Learn more about the events here.

5 Environmental Studies Programs at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Recent horrific natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the mudslides in Sierra Leone, are poignant reminders about environmental dangers. With these occurrences as well global warming on rise, it is important now, more than ever, to study the environment and do our part to preserve our precious earth. Today’s Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 MSIs that are training students for this task through environmental studies programs.

 1. University of Maryland Eastern Shore (HBCU)—Princess Anne, MD

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The University of Maryland Eastern shore offers degrees in branches of Environmental Science at both the Bachelors and Masters level. According to the University website, undergraduates can earn a four-year Baccalaureate of Science degree in either the Environmental Chemistry or the Marine Science option. The post-graduate level program is called the “Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science (MEES).” MEES offers masters and doctoral degrees in four Foundations including Environment & Society, Earth & Ocean Science, Ecological Systems, and Environmental Molecular Science & Technology.

Read more about the program here

2. University of Alaska Anchorage (NASNTI)—Anchorage, AK


The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers a Bachelors of Science in Environment and Society. This degree in prepares students for careers in “environmental advocacy, policy setting and analysis, education, urban and resource planning, and graduate studies in a variety of disciplines.” 

Read more about the program here

3. University of California, Santa Barbara (HSI)—Santa Barbara, CA


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U.S. News ranked UC Santa Barbara as #12 best global University for Environment/Ecology (see rankings here). Both the B.A. and B.S. in Environmental Studies programs offered focus on the relationships between the humanities, social sciences, and natural science disciplines.

Read more about the program here

4. University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI

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The Environmental Studies program at UH Mānoa is a interdisciplinary program created by the Environmental Center. Students who wish to pursue a BA in Environmental Studies can focus their courses on either the “social or natural/physical sciences.”  Students are prepared for jobs such as “environmental resource managers, environmental specialists, hazardous waste managers.”

Read more about the program here

5. Southern University and A&M College (HBCU)—Baton Rouge, LA



Southern A&M’s Environmental Studies programs fall under Biological Sciences department. Interestingly, the University established the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES). with the purpose of promoting interdisciplinary research and coordinating environmental energy curricula development activities. The CEES  has elevated the University as a leading HBCU in responding to the federal government’s contracting needs in this field.

Read more about the program here.

Know of other Environmental Studies at MSIs? Share them in the comments below!

7 Partnerships Between Federal Government Agencies and MSIs

by Carmen Ye

As our government expands its workforce diversity, many agencies have partnered with MSIs to bring more talent into the fold. These partnerships allow government agencies to recruit directly from MSIs and expand the pipeline for those looking to enter civil service. Some opportunities are internships, while others can lead to direct hire positions. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we highlight 7 government agencies and departments that have partnerships with MSIs.

1) Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has created a pipeline program with the Bureau for Land Management. In 2016, HACU placed 32 interns with the BLM through their Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Internship Program. This contract will allow BLM to use direct hire authority to hire interns into civil service upon completion of the 11-week internship and graduation of their degree program.

2) Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions has 4 components: Cooperative Science Centers that are each led by an MSI; Undergraduate
Scholarship Program that increases the number of students who attend MSIs and graduate with degrees in fields integral to NOAA’s mission; Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program to provide opportunities for graduate students with MSIs; and NOAA Experiential Research Training Opportunities to increase engagement between MSIs and NOAA.

Read more about it here.

3) Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

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The MSI internship program at FAA provides students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, students attending a college or university with a high percentage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Students with Disabilities the opportunity to participate in internship opportunities throughout the United States. The internship includes students from academic backgrounds such as Air Traffic Control, Aviation Management, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Economics. Compensation includes a weekly stipend, plus the cost of travel, orientations, workshops, field trips, mentoring, and coaching.

Read more about it here.

4) Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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The objectives of the NRC partnership with MSIs include, but are not limited to, research and development opportunities, on-the- job training, mentoring, year-round internships within NRC affiliated labs, and increasing recruitment and retention at MSIs for students
interested in career goals related to NRC’s mission. NRC is also able to provide more expansive support services to strengthen the capacity of MSIs to educate and train students; and to conduct research in the field of science, engineering, law, information technology, and other fields.

Read more about it here.

5) Department of Homeland Security

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The MSI program at DHS has 3 program initiatives: Summer
Research Team program to engage early career faculty,
undergraduate, and graduate students in research at DHS Centers of
Excellence (COE); Scientific Leadership Award Program to develop
homeland security science and engineering research and education
programs at MSIs; and Faculty Exchange Program for faculty from
MSI partners to reside at a COE and collaborate on research.

Read more about it here.

6) Coast Guard

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As part of the Coast Guard’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, it has partnered with MSIs to build a diverse workforce that engages Coast Guard members at all levels. A key component is the College Student Pre-Commission Initiative, which helps students pay for college tuition and includes pay and benefits. Current partnerships include Florida International University, Virginia State University, Hampton University, and Xavier University.

Read more about it here.

7) U.S. Agency for International Development

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The USAID MSI Program’s mission is to facilitate an environment
where U.S. MSIs become USAID partners by successfully competing
for USAID awards and by engaging in U.S. foreign assistance
activities. The USAID MSI Program provides support to minority-
serving U.S. higher education institutions interested in USAID
programs and activities and promotes the interests, capabilities, and
experience of MSIs within USAID.

Read more about it here.


Know of more partnerships between MSIs and Federal Government Agencies? Share them in the comments below!