6 Halloween Celebrations at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Costumes, candy, and scary chills are three major components of this widely celebrated holiday—Halloween! Universities across the nation host fun celebrations with faculty, students, staff, and community members to celebrate this holiday. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 6 special Halloween celebrations at minority serving institutions.

1) California State University, Northridge (AANAPISI/HSI)Northridge, CA

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The Michael D. Eisner College of Education celebrated Halloween in their own special was with “Super Hero Halloween Celebration and Potluck”. The celebration includes a super hero costume competition and encourages all departments to participate in the potluck. Learn more about the celebration here.

2) University of AlaskaFairbanks (AANH) Fairbanks, AK

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On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is hosting “Halloween at the Museum” at a local museum. In the spirit of Halloween, the museum’s research lab will showcase some of their most-prized bats, birds, and bugs. Although the event is free of cost, the celebration committee is asking participants to donate canned goods for the local community food bank. In the Fairbanks area and interested in attending? Visit their website for more information.

3) Grambling State University (HBCU)Grambling, LA

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The Grambling State University Men’s baseball team is putting a unique twist on Halloween celebrations as they host a “Halloween Baseball Costume Game” on October 31, 2017. All proceeds will go to United Way. Learn more about this philanthropic game here.

4) Texas Woman’s University (HSI)Denton, TX


Texas Woman’s University’s Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman’s University (ASSET) is hosting a “Staff Halloween Costume Contest” for all TWU staff on October 27th. This day also happen to be National Pets at Work Day, so participants are highly encouraged to dress up their furry friends and bring them into the office. Learn more about this fun event here.

5) Carl Albert State College (NASNTI)Poteau, OK

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On October 31, 2017, Carl Albert State College is hosting “Trunk or Treat” for the University and surrounding community members. This family friendly event allows children to walk around the main campus Dunlap Oval and trick-or-treat. Learn more about the “Trunk-or-Treat” event here.

6) Georgia State University (PBI)Atlanta, GA

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Georgia State University’s Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a family friendly “Trick-or-Treat Fest”. The fest provides children with the following activities: trick-or-treating , face painting, story telling, a Halloween themed movie and a haunted house. Learn more about other fun activities at the fest offered here.

Know of other fun Halloween-inspired celebrations? We want to know! Share them in the comments below.

5 MSIs Commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Kelly C. Lewis

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. All people, whether male or female, can develop breast cancer. While women are disproportionately affected, men carry a higher mortality rate than women. In efforts to combat the stigma and raise awareness many MSIs around the country are hosting stellar events to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This week post features 5 MSI from 5 different regions across the nation.

1) City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College (PBI)—Chicago, IL

City HaroldCity Colleges of Chicago–Harold Washington College wellness center will sponsor a free educational workshop, Brighten Up, on the basics of breast cancer health. Brighten up is designed to educate both men and women on breast and ovarian health. The workshop will include strategies to living happier and healthier and offer tools to access ones personal health. This event will occur on October the 3rd and the 11th.

2) Western New Mexico University (HSI)—Silver City, NM


Western New Mexico’s breast cancer awareness week begins October 9th through the October 12th. One of the program’s main goals is to increase awareness through a series of engaging events. Throughout the week, students have the opportunity to enjoy games, develop self-care tips and the opportunity to watch the Lady Mustangs volleyball team at the Dig Pink game.

Additional events are below:

  • October 9 – Ribbons and Bands for purchase from 11AM-3PM
  • October 12 –Yogurt Eating Contest
  • October 12 – Balloon release for

3) Morehouse College (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College is an academic community designed for the development of Black men though scholarship, teaching, and service. While Morehouse is one of the nations all male institutions, they are still commitment to issues facing women. Morehouse will host its 18th annual Grand Slam Event. This initiative will features four high profile breast cancer awareness events throughout the month of October.

Such events include:

  • October 6 – 18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch featuring Dr. Brian Rivers as the guest speaker
  • October 6 –6th Annual Pink Frog Affair is an evening of poetry, music and dance.
  • October 13 – Morehouse School of Medicine 4th Annual Pink Friday will have speaker Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO Director of Naturopathic Medicine and Rehabilitation Services discussing bridging the gap between conventional and naturopathic therapies.
  • October 14 – 3-mile breast cancer walk where proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

4) East Central University (NASNTI)—Ida, OK

ECUAt East Central University sports are used to promote breast cancer awareness. On Saturday, October 7th, East Central University football team will host its annual PINK OUT game against Northwestern. Similarly, the women’s volleyball team will participate in a PINK OUT.

5) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, D.C.


Howard University Hospital and Cancer Center will be holding several events throughout the month of October to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Howard will kick off their breast cancer awareness events with the HUH Women’s Imaging Center Pinkie Party at Howard University Hospital. This event will include breast cancer screening and workshops designed to eliminate stigmas of breast cancer.

Other breast cancer awareness events include:

  • October 14 – HUH Women’s Imaging Center Pinkie Party at Howard University Hospital
  • October 15 – 4th Annual Rosemary Williams Breast Cancer Bruch (11am – 1:30pm, Martin’s Crosswinds)
  • October 18 – Drift on 7th Howard University Cancer Center Philanthropy Happy Hour Event, 4pm – 7pm –
  • October 23 – Campaign Chipotle fundraiser 4pm – 6pm (50% of proceeds go to (2301 Georgia Avenue)

Do you know any other Breast Cancer Awareness events at MSIs? Share in the comments below!


The Historically Black Theological Institutions (HBTIs)

by Kevin Lamár Peterman

Training graduate and professional students for religious ministry is a hallmark of American higher education. Today’s MSI Line Up highlights seminaries and divinity schools that make up the nation’s 6 historically black theological institutions. Historically Black Theological Institutions (HBTIs) are committed to a unique mission that is linked to educating students of African descent who will serve marginalized communities and congregations. For more than a century, these institutions have given students an opportunity to develop a comprehensive theology of liberation while training them in the areas of systematic theology, practical theology, history, world religions, and biblical studies. HBTI alumni include religious leaders such as Vashti Mckenzie, Otis Moss Jr., Charles Blake, Marcus Cosby, John W. Kinney and Gina Stewart. These institutions remain critical to the future of preparing men and women who will become effective leaders in the church, the academy, the non-profit sector and the public-square.

1) Howard University School of Divinity—Washington, D.C.


Founded in 1870 as the School of Religion, the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is one of the oldest historically black theological institutions in the United States. Howard’s divinity school is committed to teaching and spiritual formation while also producing research pertaining to theology and ecclesiastical studies throughout the African diaspora. The school received full accreditation under the leadership of Dean Benjamin Elijah Mays and today offers academic programs that include the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Ministry  (D.Min.) degrees. An envisioned PH.D. program has also been recently announced. In 2017, HUSD announced the appointment of Yolanda Pierce, Ph.D as dean. Pierce is the first woman to hold this position in the divinity school’s history. Learn more about the Howard University School of Divinity at http://divinity.howard.edu/

2) The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia University—Richmond, VA


The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology (STVU) is located in Richmond, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Union University. The origins of the school date back to 1865 when the Richmond Theological Institute which later became the Virginia Union School of Religion was founded. STVU is named after the late Reverend Samuel DeWitt Proctor, PH.D, former president of Virginia Union University and pastor of New York City’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church. Degrees offered at STVU include the Master of Arts in Christian Education, the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry. A dual degree in conjunction with the Virginia Commonwealth University is also offered in two areas: Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Patient Counseling. The institution also houses the Barry Young Center for Ministry Formation, the Center for African American Pentecostalism & Leadership Development, the Center For Lifelong Learning and Leadership, the Johnson A. Edosomwan Institute for Evangelism & Global Christianity, Centering Women and the Green Seminary Initiative ect. Today the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology boast an enrollment of nearly 400 students and is nationally known for producing gifted preachers, scholars and civic leaders. The school is currently under the leadership Dr. Corey D. B. Walker who was appointed dean earlier this year.  Learn mor about the Virginia Union Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at  https://www.vuu.edu/theology/about-stvu

3) Shaw University Divinity School—Raleigh, NC



Shaw University Divinity School is an accredited theological institution located in Raleigh, NC. The school currently offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees. The divinity school is deeply rooted in the Black Baptist religious tradition and is known for primarily producing scholars and ecumenical leaders for the local church. Most recently an initiave entitled, “Shaw Day” was establish to highlight and strengthen the partnership between the divinity school and neighboring congregations. The institution is currently led by Dean Johnny Hill, Ph.D. Learn more about Shaw University Divinity School at http://www.shawu.edu/Academics/Divinity.aspx

4) The Interdenominational Theological Center—Atlanta, GAdownload.png

The Interdenominational Theological Center, commonly referred to as ITC is a unique theological institution that was founded as a graduate professional school in 1958. The academic center is comprised of the Morehouse School of Religion, Gammon Theological Seminary, Turner Theological Seminary, Phillips School of Theology, the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary and the Richardson Fellowship. Together, these individual schools of theology form a cluster that provides students with an enriching experience across denominations. Students at ITC are given the opportunity to earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) or the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Care (Th.D) degrees. An online Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is also offered. Each year a prestigious lecture series named in honor of the late Dr. Gardner Calvin Taylor, the Dean of Black preaching is held on the campus of ITC. The ecumenical institution has a long tradition of producing academicians and leaders for the church and the global community. Learn more about the Interdenominational Theological Center at http://www.itc.edu/

5) Hood Theological Seminary—Salisbury, NC


Named in honor of Bishop James Walker Hood, Hood Theological Seminary was established in 1879 as the Zion Wesley Institute. The institute later grew to become Livingstone College which is located in Salisbury, NC. In 2001, Hood Theological Seminary became independent of the college and reorganized as a free-standing theological institution. Today, the seminary has a North Carolina campus and a site in Greenville, AL. The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and offers the following degrees; Master of Divinity (M.Div), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.T.S.), and the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.). The Center for Chaplaincy is also under the auspices of Hood Theological Seminary. Learn more about Hood Theological Seminary at https://www.hoodseminary.edu/

6) Payne Theological Seminary—Wilberforce, OH

Payne Theological Seminary was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church under the auspices of Wilberforce University in 1891. Named in honor of Bishop Daniel  AlexanderPayne, an advocate of higher education, the institution was formed to prepare leaders for ministry in the tradition of liberation, reconciliation, and  social justice. Payne later became a free-standing seminary in 1894 and was first accredited in 1956. The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degrees are offered with online course options. The institution currently has nearly 150 students enrolled and more than 20 members of the faculty.  Learn more about Payne Theological Seminar at http://payne.edu/



7 Health and Wellness Programs at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

Following the infamous “What the Health” Documentary, healthy eating has become a popular movement across the United States. Individuals from all backgrounds are becoming more conscious about their diet and its affects on their overall health. This movement is especially important for African Americans, as they have some of the highest rates of heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes in the country (diabetes.org). Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 7 Historically Black Colleges and Universities with health and wellness programs to help combat health issues in African American communities.

1) Spelman College (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA


Spelman College was recently featured in the New York Times for their groundbreaking Wellness Center opening. The Wellness Center is an initiative started by President Tatum and her leadership team to “improve and enhance personal and community health by embracing wellness through mind body and spirit” (spelman.edu). The Wellness Center offers  aquatics, exercise classes, meditation courses, sound therapy, yoga, and a plethora of other services. To learn more about Spelman College’s innovative approach to improving health and wellness on their campus, click here.

2) Morgan State University (HBCU)—Baltimore, MD

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Morgan State University’s wellness program entitled Morgan Mile was created to engage Baltimore communities within one mile of Morgan State. One of the program’s main goals is to improve the health of community members.

3) Fayetteville State University (HBCU)—Fayetteville, NC

fayettevillestateuFayetteville State University’s Bronco Wellness, or B-Well, program was created to promote healthy lifestyle practices and improve personal health and wellness amongst the FSU community. B-Well’s initiatives focuses on 8 tiers of “wellness” including: physical, emotional, financial, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and and social wellness. To learn more about specific B-Well programming, click here.

4) Tennessee State University (HBCU)—Nashville, TN


Tennessee State University created a health empowerment summer camp for young people in the  greater Nashville community. Youth Active and Media Savy (YAMS) is a 2-week long summer program with the purpose of developing young people’s skills in the following areas: “critical thinking, healthful decision making, healthy meal and snack preparation, and physical activities” (tnstate.edu). YAM’s goal is to “equip African American youth with the knowledge and awareness to make better health and wellness choices” (tnstate.edu).

5) Fort Valley State University (HBCU)—Fort Valley, GA


Fort_Valley_State_UniversityFort Valley State University’s College of Agriculture, Family Science, and Technology promotes health and wellness through their “Life on the Farm” mobile exhibition. This mobile exhibit travels around Georgia educating youth throughout the state about where food originates, best farming practices, and agricultural related careers. Students not only learn about healthy ways to grow and purchase food, but also learn humane treatment of animals. To learn about the great work of “Life on the Farm” and to support their efforts, click here.

6) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL



Tuskegee University offers a superb community program entitled “The Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)” tuskegee.edu with support for both youth and adults. The adult program in particular teaches adults skills in “food production, preparation, storage, safety, and sanitation, as well as how to manage food budgets and related resources from local food assistance agencies and organizations better” (tuskegee.edu).

7)  University of the District of Columbia (HBCU)—Washington, D.C. 



The University of the District of Columbia’s created a dynamic university wide health and wellness initiative called Get Up and Move! The program is a collaborative partnership between multiple campus offices including UDC Athletics,  UDC Counseling Centers, Center for Nutrition Diet and Health, UDC’s Wellness Center, and many more.  Get Up and Move’s activities include (but are not limited to) “physical activity, disease prevention workshops, health promotion programs and learning about healthy lifestyles in a fun, interactive way” (udc.edu). Click here to learn more about Get Up and Move’s resources for the university community.

6 Nutrition Programs at MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

October is prime planting season. Some of the most delicious fall crops, including broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, are key ingredients to making kid-friendly, healthy meals. Nationally, there is a day dedicated to increasing focus on healthy eating and physical activity for children. The holiday, Child Health Day, is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. In observance of today’s holiday, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 6 nutrition programs at MSIs!

1) Nutrition and Dietetics:  Fullerton College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Fullerton, CA

Students at Fullerton College are able to attain an Associate’s Degree at Fullerton College and easily transfer to a California State University as a Nutrition and Dietetics major. Coursework for the degree includes instruction in nutrition, foods, psychology, chemistry, and microbiology.

2) Nutrition Science:  Georgia Perimeter College (PBI)—Atlanta, Georgia

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Nutrition Science at Georgia Perimeter College encourages students to analyze nutrition through different contexts. Offered course include Nutrition and Culture, Diabetes Prevention, and Nutrition for Children.

3) Family and Consumer Sciences: Tennessee State University (HBCU)—Nashville, TN

The Family and Consumer Sciences major at Tennessee State University has many subgroups. One of of the subgroups is Foods and Nutrition. Through this program, TSU hopes to educate the next generation of nutrition professionals working in the healthcare facilities, community health settings, and commercial establishments.

4) Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Management: Murray State College (NASNTI)Tishomingo, OK

With the mission of preparing students as future food and nutrition professionals, Murray State College offers course in business of foods and food service management and dietetics. At Murray, student are given the opportunity to graduate as Registered Dietitians (RD).

5) Nutrition and Dietetics: Oakwood University (HBCU)Huntsville, AL



This major at Oakwood University not only prepares students in understanding the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing food choice but it also gives students the opportunity to participate in health seminars and related community volunteer work.

6) Health Education: Kentucky State University (HBCU)Frankfort, KY

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After the completion of 45 credit hours, students are eligible to apply for this unique program. As apart of the School of Education at Kentucky State, the program trains students to lead a curriculum on health education.