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.

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5 Summer Youth Community Engagement Camps at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

During the summer, college students often take on internships, research, and jobs to gain more experience in their careers of interest. College and university campuses across the country often create summer programming for youth as well. It is during these summer programs that young people can experience, first hand, themselves on a college campus and meet students who currently attend. As such, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 MSIs with awesome summer camps and programs for youth in their communities.

1) California State University, Long  Beach (AANAPISI/HSI)Long Beach, CA

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While there are a plethora of academic summer camps for young people, Cal State, Long Beach designed the Young Artists’ Camp specifically for artists in the making! This 3 week long camp is available for students ages 9-15 provides training in art fundamentals such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and more. The camp cost of $350 also includes amazing field trips and a gallery exhibition of student work. Learn more about Young Artists’ Camp 2018 here.

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


The University of Houston- Downtown currently hosts multiple summer camps for youths age 10-17 in locations throughout the city. One of the most interesting camps is entitled “Language Camp” where kids and teens have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish. Language classes are taught by highly trained, native-fluent speakers who are experienced in teaching children. Other UH camps for youth in the community include Engineering, Science and Writing Camp! Lean more about these summer opportunity for youth here!

3) Hampton University (HBCU)Hampton, VA


Hampton University uses the summer as a way to prepare young people for college through summer engagement program. Hampton’s “A+ Summer Program” is a weeklong summer program hosted by the campus’s Honors College for 8th-12th grade students. This year’s camps, with the title “Raising My Voice: Intellectually Influencing MEdia, “will engage participants in recognizing, owning, and amplifying their voices as they navigate and seek to impact the various forms of media they encounter.” Learn more about Hampton University’s A+ summer camps here.

4) Northwest Indian College (TCU)Bellingham, WA


Northwest Indian College hosts a College Pathways Bridge Program and Summer Camp for students entering 10th-12th grade.  This program’s purpose is to help students from their community “prepare for college and strengthen their knowledge in areas of math, science, reading and writing as well as the college admissions process.” Northwest Indian College is committed to supporting students in discovering their full potential as a learners in higher education. Learn more about the summer camp dates, eligibility, and other important information here!

5) University of Alaska, Fairbanks (AANH)Fairbanks, AK


The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, currently hosts multiple week-long summer engagement camps for youth ages 2-12 starting May 29, 2018. Younger students (grades 2-3) have Dinosaur and Baking camps, while older students can explore, Archeology, Firefighter Training, and Crime Scene Detective Camps. The diverse list of camp options can expose youths to careers and activities that they may not otherwise have opportunity to explore at home. Learn more about the camp dates, registration, fees, and possible scholarships for camp fees here!

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8 Culinary Programs at MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

As the culinary industry rapidly grows, Minority Serving Institutions are training the next generation of culinarians. Culinary programs at MSIs teach students about the presentation, taste, and texture of dishes. After completing any of these programs, students are presented with many career opportunities. Learn more about these opportunities in today’s MSI Line Up which highlights eight culinary programs at MSIs.


1) Johnson & Wales University (HSI)North Miami, FL

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Johnson & Wales University offers a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts. Within this major, there are ten different concentrations including: baking, restaurant management, culinary science, and food entrepreneurship. As students specialize in one or two of these concentrations, they are also equipped with internships, professional connections, and on-the-job experiences.

2) Arizona Western College (HSI)Yuma, AZ

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Arizona Western College assures success to their culinary students. With the option of  earning various certificates or earning their associates degree, students are thoroughly prepared for the workforce. Additionally, the Culinary Arts student club allows students to learn more about food from farm to fork.

3) Los Angeles Trade Technical College (HSI)Los Angeles, CA

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The Los Angeles Trade Technical College offers students with the practice and experience necessary for a culinary career. Successful completion of the program may lead to careers as corporate chefs, private chefs, consulting, or journalism.

4) Bishop State Community College (HBCU)Mobile, AL

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As a part of their Commercial and Industrial Technology program, the Culinary Arts concentration teaches students the technical expertise to succeed in the food service industry. Students specialize in effective utilization of tools and equipment used in the field. On campus there is also a student group that hosts culinary arts competitions. In addition, they participate in community service projects to help their local community.

5) Lawson State Community College Birmingham (HBCU)Birmingham, AL

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The Commercial Food/ Culinary Arts program at Lawson State Community College offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Students are provided with opportunities for workplace education through partnerships with local restaurant and hospitality services.

6) Coahoma Community College (HBCU)Clarksdale, MS

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The mission of the Culinary Arts Technology Program at Coahoma Community College is to “prepare students for entry-level employment in culinary arts careers through exposure to classical, American, and international cuisine, as well as the art of baking and patisserie” ( Through this concentration, students are exposed to classical, American, and international cuisine. With a hands-on approach, the kitchen is led by a chef instructor. Emphasis is placed on culinary tools, equipment, techniques, and specialty ingredients. Completion of the program grants all students the ServSafe Sanitation certification.

7) Livingstone College (HBCU)Salisbury, NC

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Students at Livingstone College earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Culinary Arts. This program focuses on three main objectives: providing students with a broad perspective of the hospitality organizations, equip students with analytical tools based upon logic and critical thinking for decision-making, and prepare students for responsible professional positions in various sectors of the Hospitality Industry.

8) Denmark Technical College (HBCU)Denmark, SC

The Culinary Arts Program at Denmark Technical College gives students the basic foundation on cooking chemistry. Students practice their cooking techniques, menu planning, and banquet planning. After completion of this program, students pursue careers such as chef, baker, or pastry chef. Alternatively, students start self-employed catering businesses.

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

5 HBCU Dual Degree Partnership Programs

by Kelly Lewis

Are two degrees better than one? This has become the question for many students who have a particular interest in dual degree programs. Dual degree programs offer opportunities for students to receive the strengths of both institutions. Which include: greater resources, access to professors, and a chance to broaden your social capital and educational network. Unlike Major/Minor programs or double majoring, dual degree programs require students to specialize in two concentrations at the highest caliber of both subjects at multiple institutions. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights some of the dual degree programs available at HBCUs.

1) Engineering 3+2 Dual Degree Program

North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering has partnered with Fayetteville State University (FSU) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to increase access to STEM education. Both institutions educate a large proportion of the underserved population in the State of North Carolina. Students within the program have the opportunity to earn their first bachelor’s of science degree in a STEM field offered their school for the first three years. The following two years they will complete a degree at North Carolina State University where they will earn an additional degree in engineering. Click FSU or NCCU to learn more about the program.

2) Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP)

Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Xavier University have formed a partnership with Georgia Tech College of Engineering.  Students participating in the DDEP program will attend their university for the first three years and the last two years at Georgia Tech. Each school has their own requirements for participating. Students who participate in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering DDEP Program will earn a bachelor’s degree from their home institutions and Georgia Tech College of Engineering. More information can be found here.

3) HBCU Fellowship Initiative

Columbia University School of Professional Studies has partnered with eleven HBCUs across the country. The program is available to high-achieving undergraduate seniors who are selected by their home institution to participate. The fellowship allows students to receive a master’s degree from a variety of professional programs. These programs include Construction Administration, Applied Analytics, Bioethics, Enterprise Risk Management, Nonprofit Management, and Strategic Communication.  If the Ivy League degree is not enough, full tuition and housing, corporate internships, industry mentor, and more are offered. To see if your school qualifies, click here.

4) Engineering 3+2/3+3 Dual Degree Program

Harris-Stowe State University and Saint Louis University are joining forces to offer students a dual degree in mathematics and engineering. The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of underrepresented graduates in STEM fields. Harris-Stowe State University students have the option of receiving interdisciplinary engineering, mechanical or computer science degree following the competition of three years at their house institution. For those students interested in a mechanical or computer science degree, three years at Saint Louis University is required.

5) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (HBCU) and Six HBCUs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University offer six HBCUs the opportunity to obtain a second degree in engineering or computer science. Students participating in the program will receive their first degree at their home school then transfer to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Participating schools include Bennett College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, North Carolina Central University, Spelman College, and Xavier University.

Do you know any other HBCU dual degree programs? Share in the comments below!

Summer Research Programs for MSI Students

by Aisha Bowen

As the spring semester comes to a close, many college students are looking for summer research opportunities, internships, and jobs. The reason behind seeking opportunities often exceeds money, as students search for opportunities to deepen their knowledge and experience in their desired career field. Interestingly, there are multiple summer research programs for MSI students specifically; many of these programs were created with the purpose of increasing the number of minorities in particular academic fields. As such, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights a few summer research opportunities for MSI students.

1) University of BerkeleyHistorically Black College and University Research Experience for Undergraduates


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The Historically Black College and University Research Experience for Undergraduates was created to increase in the enrollment of African-American graduates from the HBCU partners to engineering and physical science doctoral programs at UC Berkeley or other UC campuses. This research opportunity is house with the UC Berkeley-HBCU (UCB-HBCU) Pathways to the Science and Engineering Doctorate Program, funded by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). The program runs from June 7th, 2018 – August 11th, 2018. Learn more about this amazing program and applications requirements for future years here

2) U.S. Naval Research LaboratoryNRL Research Internship Program for HBCU/MI/TCU Undergraduates and Graduates

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The NRL Research Internship Program provides 10-week research opportunity for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS), Minority Institutions (MI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) planning careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Research interns are active participants in major research projects and are required to worn a minimum of 40 hours per week under a senior Naval Research Laboratory staff member. Albeit the hard work, perks of the internship include a weekly $850.00 stipend, housing in beautiful Alexandria, VA, and group activities such as DC museum tours, BBQ’s and Washington National’s baseball games. This program runs from May 29th – August 3rd, 2018. Learn more about this amazing program and eligibility requirements here.

3) UCLAHBCU: Evolutionary Medicine: Pathways to Ph.Ds


The HBCU: Evolutionary Medicine-Pathways to Ph.Ds program is a research opportunity for undergraduate juniors and seniors from HBCUs.  Chosen participants will work on Evolutionary Medicine topics at UCLA.  The program website defines Evolutionary Medicine as: the study of how evolutionary and ecological principles affect medicine and medical applications, and how medical and clinical problems generate new research questions and ideas in evolution.  Research interns work closely with a principal investigator (PI) from UCLA’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and a PI from the David Geffen School of Medicine. Learn more about the Evolutionary medicine categories and requirements for this amazing opportunity here.

4) Hampton UniversityMinority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT)



The MHIRT program at Hampton University is designed to take a selected group of students to to participate in on-going research programs in natural products and environmental health in the following regions on the continent of Africa: the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya, and University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria. Students’ research in in natural products “typically involves a plant part: root, stem bark, or seeds, which they investigate through an established protocol to isolate chemical compounds.” Environmental health research usually involves assessment and protection of source water. The program began for Hampton students only, but has since then expanded to students in over 120 universities. Learn more about the MHIRT program and eligibility requirements here.

5) U.S. Department of Homeland SecuritySummer Research Team Program

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security currently offers a ten week research opportunity for early career faculty and up to two students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). During this program, the research team conducts research at one of the twelve U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence. The program’s purpose is “to provide research opportunities to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Department.” While, there are multiple locations throughout the country for this program, Weekly stipends and housing support are available. Learn more about the Summer Research Team Program here.

Know of other summer research opportunities for MSI students? Share in the comments below!