Global Travel Fellowships at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

In light of our growing globalized world, it is important for young people to understand their agency in the context of the world around them. One of the key ways for young people students to discover this agency is through study abroad and international education experiences (fellowships, scholarships, etc).  However, according to the Institute for International Education’s 2015-2016 statistics, there are large racial disparities in those who travel abroad in college: White – 71.6%, Hispanic or Latino(a) – 9.7%, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander – 8.4%, Black or African-American – 5.9%, Multi-Racial – 3.9%, and American Indian or Alaska Native – 0.5%. In light of these disparities, many MSIs have taken on the challenge of closing this equity gap for their students. Hence, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights four HBCUs who have taken on this challenge by providing international fellowships and international travel opportunities.

1) Howard University (HBCU)Washington, D.C.


The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship, administered by Howard University, seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Included in the fellowship is $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, professional development activities, and a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Learn more about the Donald M. Payne Fellowship here.

2) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)College Park, MD


The University of Maryland — College Park offers a fellowship entitled the “International Graduate Research Fellowships” for graduate students.  This fellowship provides graduate students research experience in international contexts, with hopes of students broadening their knowledge and perspectives. The fellowships utilize UMD’s faculty’s relationships with international colleagues, strengthening those relationships through graduate student exchange. Learn more about UMD College Parks’ International Graduate Research Fellowships here.

3) Miami Dade College (HSI)Miami, FL


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The Miami Dade College Office of International Education handles a host of opportunities for students, faculty and administrators, and the community to become involved with global education. One of those opportunities is through the Confucius Institute. The Confucius institute promotes knowledge of Chinese culture and Mandarin language through courses, abroad programs, and cultural programs. Specifically, the Confucius Institute offers a study abroad program at its’ sister university, Xuzhou Normal University in China, for students. The Institute also has a host of different scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students studying education. Learn more about the amazing opportunities that the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College offers here!

4) North Carolina State University (HBCU)Raleigh, NC


North Carolina State University’s Office of Global Engagement currently has an International Travel Assistance Fund supporting NCCU staff in their efforts for global engagement. Up to ten faculty and staff can request $1,000 to use towards international travel that relates to NC State’s global strategic plan. Learn more about NCCU’s Office of Global Engagement Initiatives here!

Know of other global travel fellowships at MSIs? Share in the comments below!

6 Pioneering Architects from Minority Serving Institutions

by Carol Sandoval

Architecture: it’s an art and a science. It is vital to the physical environment we live in. Its’ an expression of the society and technological progress. It represents society values, desires, ideologies, and ideals. It considers functional needs, comfortableness, and practicality. For these reasons, architects have a huge societal responsibility. They are required to consider environmental impacts, cost analysis and land-use in their designs. Today’s MSI Line Up features six incredible architects that attended an MSI.

1) John Chase—Hampton University (HBCU)

As the first licensed African-American architect to practice in Texas, John Chase was one of the cofounders of the National Association of Minority Architects.  He became one of Texas’s leading modernist architects. His projects included the Riverside National Bank and a U.S. Embassy commission in Tunisia.

2) Paul Revere Williams—University of Southern California (AANAPISI)

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Paul Revere Williams designed more than 2,500 buildings. His projects include the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, showy celebrity homes, and an extension to the Beverly Hills Hotel. He became the first African American awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

3) Cruz Garcia—University of Puerto Rico (HSI)

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Cruz Garcia, a Puerto Rican architect and founder of WAI Think Tank, received his master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. His projects are featured in global cities including Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, and New York. In a project based closer to home, Garcia addresses the future of Puerto Rico and the island’s infrastructure after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.


4) Ralph Hawkins—The University of Texas at Arlington (AANAPISI)

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University of Texas alum Ralph Hawkins honors his alma mater by generously donating to the School of Architecture. Now the CEO of HKS Inc., his projects include the Cowboys Stadium and the certified LEED Gold in sustainability College Park Center.

5) Bashirul HaqUniversity of New Mexico-Main Campus (HSI)

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Bashirul Haq received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico. His architectural style is celebrated for holding cultural roots, respecting local context, urban sustainability and the use of natural light and air. His designed buildings are characterized by extensive use of tactile materials such as hand made brick, rough concrete and natural woods.

6) Neil Denari—University of Houston (AANAPISI)

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Neil Denari, CEO of Neil M. Denari Architects, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. After obtaining his master’s, his work was mainly self-generated projects presented in numerous exhibitions. He is now a tenured professor at UCLA and visiting professor at many other universities including the University of Texas at Arlington.

5 Architectural Programs at MSIs

by Kelly C. Lewis

Communities need places for people to live, eat, work, and play. To meet the needs of those around them, architects are tasked with designing these locations with the public health, safety, and welfare in mind. Architects are trained in architecture; which offers various career opportunities in luxury, commercial, contemporary design. Though building designing is the most prevalent idea architecture, landscape architecture is another great opportunity for those interested in becoming an architect. So, for those students with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, imaginative nature, passion for mathematics, and the ability to draft and draw this week’s MSI Line Up is for you. Today’s Monday MSI Line Up shares five MSIs that offer architecture programs to jump-start your career with the necessary formal training.

1) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL

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Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction science is one of the best programs in the nation. The Bachelor of Architecture program is designed for students to become interns with great potential to become registered architectures post-graduation. To graduate from the program, students must complete 170 credit hours of courses. Students begin a pre-Architecture track for their first two years. Upon satisfying course requirements, presentation of graphic portfolio, as well as a 2.2. overall and a 2.50 in architecture courses, students can apply for admission in the three-year professional program. Learn more here

2) University of Nevada-Las Vegas (AANAPISI)—Las Vegas, NV

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Architecture provides students interested in architecture a variety of Program types. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, Landscape Architecture, Healthcare Interior Design, and a Master of Architecture. Incoming students begin their studies in the School of Architecture’s foundation curriculum until the end of their second year. Acceptance to the program is competitive, students must submit a portfolio, professional statement, and maintain a GPA of a 3.0. To learn more about UNLA school of architecture click here.

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

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University of the District of Columbia (UDC) College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences is committed to improving the quality of life and economic opportunities of the nation by way of research and community outreach. The Urban Architecture & Community Planning program empowers students to utilize design as a method for creating sustainable urban environments. UDC offers two program types: Bachelor of science and Master of architecture. The master program uniquely offers an accelerated track for non-architecture undergraduates. To learn more about the curriculum click here.

4) University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANH/ AANAPISI)Honolulu, HI

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) provides students the opportunity to earn a degree in architecture or a professional degree in landscape architecture. The School of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, Master of Landscape Architecture degree, and a Doctor of Architecture degree— Hawaii’s only accredited degree in architecture. It is important to note, if applying to a UHM architecture program they do not grant deferred admission. Click here to learn more.

5) University of Texas at Arlington (HSI)—Arlington, TX

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs is designed for students to pursue professional careers in architecture or interior design. The Bachelor of Science in architecture is a four-year program that combines architecture and design courses with a liberal arts curriculum. The interior design program emphasizes an architectural approach to increase post-graduation employment.  The Master of Science in architecture offers three paths based on preparation.  To learn more click here.

Know of other architectural programs at MSIs? Share in the comments below!