Community Education at 10 HSIs

by Carol Sandoval

Educating 24% of undergraduate students and 44% of low-income students, community colleges play an important role in educating the next generation of leaders ( At community colleges, students can attain 2-year transferable degrees,  job skills, and personal enrichment. In addition to the formal degrees they grant, community colleges also provide their communities with not-for-credit courses that allow them to learn new skills and trades at low costs. Today’s MSI Line Up features ten Hispanic Serving Institutions committed to educating their local community.

1) Central Arizona College (HSI)—Coolidge, AZ

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Community education classes at Central Arizona College teach the surrounding community about self-defense, smartphones, basic landscape irrigation, and much more.

2) Pima Community College (HSI)—Tuscon, AZ

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Pima Community College helps community members complete and receive their high school diploma, offering Adult Basic Education in reading, writing, and math.

3) Modesto Junior College (HSI)—Modesto, CA

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With the mission of life-long learning, Modesto Junior College offers not-for-credit classes that teach community members new skills and crafts. With such a wide variation of options, there is something for everyone!

4) Capital Community College (HSI)—Hartford, CT

Capital Community College has two main services for community members: Professional Development and Career Training. Dedicated to preparing its community members for career switches, Capital offers courses in project management, public speaking, and basic technology skills.

5) Cuyamaca College (HSI)—El Cajon, CA

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Working professionals in the Cuyamaca College area can enroll in continuing education coursework. Courses in the fields of auto technician, disability services, and environmental health and safety are all available for those wishing to continue developing their skill set.

6) Elgin Community College (HSI)—Elgin, IL

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Elgin Community College offers free recreational activities and courses to community members. Other services include job search skills and strategies, including resume review and mock interviews.

7) Dodge City Community College (HSI)—Dodge City, KS

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The Adult Learning Center at Dodge City Community College offers GED preparatory courses in addition to English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

8) Chemeketa Community College (HSI)—Salem, OR

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Surrounded by a large population of seasonal and migrant farm workers, Chemeketa Community College offers evening classes for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) to help community members earn their GED while continuing to work.

9) Alvin Community College (HSI)—Alvin, TX

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To ensure healthy living, Alvin Community College has classes on wellness and health promotion. In these classes, community members will learn to “correlate concepts of wellness and health lifestyle and develop specific health promotion strategies for various populations including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies” (

10) Shoreline Community College (HSI)—Shoreline, WA

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Shoreline Community College emphasizes the discussion of global issues. For this reason, the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline hosts free events that engage community members and students in conversation regarding global issues. Experts in the field will usually mediate the conversation.

5 Congressional Black Caucus Members from HBCUs

by Kelly C. Lewis

The Congressional Black Caucus has played a pivotal role in “ensur[ing] that African Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream” ( Interestingly, many Congressional Black Caucus members received training for this pivotal role at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As such, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights 5 Congressional Black Congress members from HBCUs.

1) Congresswoman Joyce Beatty; Central State University (HBCU)—Wilberforce, OH

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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is serving her second term representing the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio and has served on the Congressional Black Caucus since 2012. Some of her most celebrated work includes her role on the Financial Services Committee, where she has lead initiative to “increas[e] home mortgage financial literacy, ensur[e] financial oversight, and [expand] affordable housing opportunities” ( . Congresswoman Beatty’s is a leading advocate in Congress for “eradicating human trafficking”. In fact, she introduced legislation “to combat child sex trafficking, [which was] unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and 2015” ( Congresswoman Beatty graduated with a Congresswoman Beatty graduated with a B.A. from Central State University (HBCU). She also received her M.S. degree from Wright State University.

2) Congressman Al Lawson; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU)—Tallahassee, FL

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Congressman Al Lawson represents Florida’s 5th Congressional District and has served on the Congressional Black Caucus since January 2017. Lawson is specifically interested in working to “[create] jobs, [improve] access to a quality education from the preschool through the post-secondary level and [protect] working families” ( Lawson has also served 28 years in the state legislature as a member of the Florida House of Representative and the Florida Senate. Congressmen Lawson earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University and completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Public Administration. Learn more about Congressman Lawson’s work with the Congressional Black Caucus here.

3) Senator Kamala D. Harris; Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, D.C.

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Senator Harris made history as the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. Prior to this position, Senator Harris served as District Attorney of San Francisco for two terms. During those two terms, she made significant impacts including: “won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings” ( Harris now serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget (  Senator Harris earned her Bachelors degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her law degree from the University of California, Hastings. Learn more about Senator Kamala Harris here.

4) Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II; Prairie View A&M University (HBCU)—Prairie View, TX

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Congressman Cleaver is currently serving his seventh term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District. In his current role, he is a member of the “House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus” ( Congressman Cleaver made history in the state, as Kansas City’s first African-American mayor in 1991. One of Cleaver’s most outstanding projects in his entire political career has been the Green Impact Zone Project. The Green Impact Zone “is aimed at making this high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban geography in the world. This project includes rebuilding Troost Avenue, rehabbing bridges, curbs and sidewalks, home weatherization, smart grid technology in hundreds of homes, and most importantly, hundreds of badly needed jobs for Green Zone residents” ( Congressman Cleaver leaver received a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M (HBCU), a Master’s from St. Paul’s School of Theology of Kansas City, and five honorary Doctoral Degrees. Learn more about Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II here.

5) Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson; Fisk University (HBCU)—Nashville, TN

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Congresswoman Wilson represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District and has served since 2011. Some of her most impactful work includes: helping to “secure a $1 million grant in 2014 to help reduce crime in Miami-Dade County’s highest crime area, the Northside District” (; being “appointed to the advisory council of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Alliance, a public acknowledgement of the life-changing results for boys and young men of color that she has achieved through the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project” (; and leading efforts ( i.e. participating in two fact-finding missions to Nigeria and passing two resolutions) as a global leader in human and civil rights to fight for the safe return of the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing since their June 2014 abduction by Boko Haram ( Interestingly, Wilson’s dedication to the community began far before Congress. She has years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, school board member. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Fisk University (HBCU) and a Master of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Miami. In addition, her active leadership role in the community and state legislature has coined her the endeared name “The Voice of the Voiceless”. Learn more about Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson here.

Best Dorms at MSIs

by Tiffany Smith

According to Niche, a site developed to help students navigate their college search and find the best fit, the following MSIs rank among the best dorms in America as of 2017. The results were based on factors such as student surveys, housing costs, housing capacity, and student housing crime rates. Check out the following schools that know just how to make a student feel at home!

1) Angelo State University (HSI)San Angelo, Texas

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Students from Angelo State University ranked the quality of their campus housing as a 4.1 out of 5. The housing costs are around $7,702 on average with a housing capacity of 51%. This school also has 0 crimes reported! See a full list of their extravagant resident halls here

2) University of Texas of the Permian Basin (HSI)Odessa, Texas


Students from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked their dorm life as 4.1 out of 5. The average housing costs are $8,904 with a housing capacity of 44%. This school also has a total of 0 reported crimes. Find details on their resident halls and rooms here.

3) Point University (PBI)West Point, Georgia

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The dorms at Point University has an average ranking of 4.2 out of 5. The average housing cost is $6,600 and the university houses 45% of their undergraduate population. There are no crimes reported by the college to date. Find out more about their student housing here.

4) Nova Southeastern University (HSI)Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Students from Nova Southeastern University ranked their dorm life as a 4 out of a 5 point scale. The average housing cost is $10,874 and the university houses approximately 47% of the undergraduate student body. There are no crimes reported by the college to date. Read about Nova Southeastern University’s housing options here.

5) University of California, Merced (AANAPISI/HSI)Merced, California


The students at University of California ranked the University of California – Merced dorm life as 4.1 out of 5. Their average housing costs is $15,646 with a small housing capacity of 29%. They also have a zero percent crime rate. Read all about their living options here.

Check out Niche’s full list of schools with the best housing here!

Predominately Black Medical Institutions

by Kevin Lamár Peterman

Physicians, surgeons, nurses, scientist and medical practitioners are essential to the daily functioning of society. A societal void would exist if individuals did not commit themselves to these professions. Thankfully, for more than a century, our nation has been gifted with institutions that prepare students for careers in medicine and scientific research. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights four predominately Black medical institutions.

1) Meharry Medical College (HBCU)—Nashville, TN


Meharry Medical College was founded as the medical department of Central Tennessee College in 1876 by the United Methodist Church. Located in Nashville, TN, the department later became an independent college in 1915. Today the College is a comprehensive medical institution that includes a school of medicine, a school of dentistry and a school of graduate studies and research. A recent report ranked Meharry as one of the nation’s top five producers of primary care physicians.

 2) Howard University College of Medicine (HBCU)—Washington, DC


The Howard University College of Medicine opened its doors in the fall of 1866 in Washington, DC. It is this nation’s oldest historically Black academic medical institution. The College offers the following degrees; Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MS) and Master of Public Health (MPH).The mission of the College of Medicine includes improving health care through training programs and initiatives, discovering knowledge through research and supporting the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other healthcare providers and graduate students in biomedical sciences.

3) Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science (HBCU)—Los Angeles, CA


The Charles R. Drew School of Medicine was founded in 1966 in Los Angeles, CA. The College is named after Charles Richard Drew, a physician and Howard University professor whose pioneered methods of storing blood plasma for transfusion and organized the first large-scale blood bank in the U.S. The school offers degrees that include; Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). Several associate, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate are also offered degrees.

4) Morehouse School of Medicine (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA


Originally organized in 1975 as the medical department of Morehouse College, the Morehouse School of Medicine is located in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in Atlanta, GA. The medical school became a private independently chartered institution in 1981. Degrees offered by the school include: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS), Master of Science in Biomedical Research (MSBR), Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR), Master of Science in Biomedical Technology (MSBT), and Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSNS).

Know of other predominantly black medical institutions? Share in the comments below!

5 STEM Partnerships at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, African Americans make up only 11% of the total STEM workforce in 2011. Interestingly, HBCUs are some of the most effective leaders in closing this gap in STEM representation. Many HBCUs are closing this gap by partnering with organizations and universities outside of their network. Thus, Today’s MSI Monday Morning Line-Up highlights 5 STEM partnerships at HBCUs that are providing enhanced opportunities for African American students.

1) Shaw University (HBCU)—Raleigh, NC



Shaw University has a unique partnership with North Carolina State University in the field of ecology. Shaw’s assistant professors of biology, Dr. Dunn and Dr. Eric Butler, have partnered with NCSU’s  world renown ecology professor, Dr. Robb Dunn. With the support of National Science Foundation funding, Shaw University ecology students have the opportunity to study at the Robb Dunn ecology lab.

2) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, DC

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Howard University created a very innovative partnership with Google to advance diversity within the technology field. Together, Google and Howard University have created the “Howard West” residency program black computer science majors. Eligible juniors and seniors attend Howard West for three months at a time and are instructed by both senior Google engineers and Howard University faculty.

3) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL



Tuskegee University recently established a partnership with Chevron Corporation (located in San Ramon, California), one of the world’s top integrated energy companies, to support multiple, scholarship, academic,  and co-curricular programs in Tuskegee’s College of Engineering. Chevron’s support will provide technological resources (computers, printers, etc), academic scholarships for mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering students, and financially support students in Tuskegee’s eight-week FASTREC summer program that offers intensive, pre-college study in mathematics, engineering and study skills. Click here to learn about this innovative partnership.

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



Morgan State University has partnered with the NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEEMA) create opportunities for historically underserved K-12 youth in the areas of STEM. The Baltimore SEEMA program is hosted at Morgan State University and is open to all K-12 Maryland students. Baltimore SEMAA program provides hands-on/inquiry-based K-12 curriculum aligned with the National Math, Science, and Technology standards. Learn more about this ground breaking community based STEM partnership here.

5) Bennett College (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC


Bennett College is one of 8 HBCUs partnered with Indiana University for their IU-MSI STEM Initiative. This research and academic partnership between IU and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) “promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines” ( The  IU-MSI STEM Initiative is an academic and research partnership between Indiana University and multiple Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Interestingly, the program was created in 2007 by Dr. Adam Herbert, the first African-American president of Indiana University. A few of Dr. Herbert’s goal with this initiative was to increase IU’s diversity, and “enhance HBCU STEM students’ capacities by leveraging IU’s resources” ( Bennett College’s partnership is specifically enhancing the experiences of women of color in STEM. Learn more about this initiative here.

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6 Competitive Higher Education/Higher Education Administration Degrees at MSIs

by Kelly C. Lewis

Teachers are important to every community; they contribute to each aspect of society and their influence to touch all our lives is unprecedented. The role of a teacher doesn’t stop after the K-12 system. When student graduate out of secondary education, it is role of the student affairs employees, campus administrators, upper level administrations job to ensure students learning continues. A degree in higher education prepares students for the profession of becoming a faculty or staff member in a college or university. These programs generally equip students with the knowledge and skills in areas of college teaching, human development, campus environments, governance, and educational leadership. This week post features 6 Competitive Higher Education Programs from MSIs.

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


Florida International University offers two advanced degree options in the realm of higher education. Students can choose between a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration or a doctoral program in Higher Education. Both programs are designed to   prepare graduates to serve in a variety of roles at colleges and universities. The master’s program requires 36 credit hours. As an added bonus, the GRE is not a requirement for the M.S. in Higher Education Administration Program.

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


CUNY Bernard M Baruch College offers a Master of Science in Degree in Higher Education Administration program. This program is designed for individuals interested in careers as administrators, directors, managers, and experts of college campuses programs and services.  The MS in Education Higher Education Administration applicants are required to submit official GRE scores, but may request a waiver within the application. To qualify for the waiver is contingent up successful completion of a Master’s program or a strong undergraduate academic record. There is a 39-credit requirement, however 3 credits are internship based. Additionally, there is a part-time option.

3) Georgia Southern University (PBI)—Statesboro, GA


Georgia Southern University’s Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program will prepare you for any tertiary institution, rather than 2 or 4 years, public or private, comprehensive or proprietary.  This 36-credit program emphasizes human development, governance, finance, law, and research. Official GRE scores are required in the admission process. Georgia Southern University also offers a Doctor of Education in Educational leadership in P-12 and Higher Education.

4) Northeastern State University (NASNTI)—Tahlequah, OK


Northeastern State University Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership is designed to provide leaders with essential knowledge and skills to become leaders in college and university settings. Graduates of this program will have the opportunity to seek employment in tribal and global organizations.  Northern State University requires the GRE for admission. 16 hours of graduate course work and a master thesis/ capstone/research paper is required.

5) University of Maryland – College Park (AANAPISI) — College Park, MD


University of Maryland—College Park offers two higher education based programs. Students have the opportunity to choose between the masters in Higher Education or Student Affairs. Also, their International Education Policy program offers a focus of PK-Higher education. Although you select your concentration, students have the ability to take elective classes from all concentrations. This allows each student to have a unique degree tailored to their interest and future career goals. The GRE is a program specific requirement.

6) The University Of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA


The University of Southern California’s (USC) Higher education programs is consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S.News & World Report. Applicants can choose between a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy, Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration, or Masters in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA). PASA prepares graduates for various roles within a university and college setting. Students must complete 26 units of core classes, 9 elective units, 3 fieldwork units, and complete a seminar or thesis for 3 or 4 units. GRE scores are required. Additionally, USC waives the $90 application fee for students who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Do you know any other Competitive Higher Education Programs at MSIs? Share in the comments below!


4 Prestigious HBCU Choirs

by Kevin Lamár Peterman

Spirituals, anthems, and soul stirring melodies are amongst the cultural gifts African Americans have given to the world. The unique sound crossed the atlantic and arrived in North America along with an oppressed  group of people who despite their pain made the choice to sing in a strange land. These tones of sorrow and joy followed them from plantations to halls of academia. Music is at the heart of the Black College experience. There is nothing more angelic or sacred than the sound of an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) choir. For more than a century the descendants of enslaved Africans have provided the nation with a sense of hope, joy and liberator jubilation through their music. This weeks MSI Line Up highlights four collegiate ensmebles that continue the musical legacy of HBCUs.

1) The Fisk Jubilee Singers—Nashville, Tennessee


The Fisk Jubilee Singes were first assembled at Fisk University in 1871. George L. White, a Fisk University  administrator and professor of music, commissioned the ensemble in effort to raise funds for the university, which was in the midst of a financial crisis at the time of the choir’s founding. The choir’s first eighteen-month tour raised nearly $40,000 for the univeristy. This brought the institution international recognition and earned the choir  prominence in the music industry. The sound of Fisk becameThe Fisk Jubilee Singers were instrumental in making “Negro Spirituals” a mainstream genre of American music. Their classical style group has performed throughout the United States.

2) The Morehouse College Glee Club—Atlanta, Georgia


The  Morehouse College Glee Club was founded in 1911 on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The all-male vocal ensemble is comprised of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who desire to express their musical gifts through song. The choir is known for their riveting performances that bring audience to their feet. The Glee Club has performed at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and the 1996 Summer Olympics. The ensemble is currently under the direction of Dr. David Morrow.

3) The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University—Washington, D.C.


The Howard Gospel Choir is the nation’s oldest collegiate gospel choir of it’s kind. The choir was founded in Washington, DC on the campus of Howard University in 1968. Each year, the choir travels throughout the United States and most recently has made appearances in Denmark, Italy, Montenego, Slovakia and Sweden. The Choir has sang at the Washington National Cathedral, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the White House as the special guest of former presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. Notable alumni of the choir include music giants such as Richard Smallwood, Elbertina “Twinkie Clark, Angela Winbush, and Clifton Ross. In 2016, the choir most recent recording album, Glorious God was nominated for two Stellar Awards.

4) The Morgan State University Choir—Baltimore, MD


The Morgan State University Choir is one of the nation’s most prestigious musical ensembles. For decades the choir has mesmerized audiences with a diverse repertoire that includes classical music, gospel music, jazz and R&B. The choir has produced several audio recordings and traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Virgin Islands, the Canary Islands, Canada, Africa, Asia and Europe. Comprised of approximately 120 voices, the Morgan State University Choir is currently under the direction of Dr. Eric Conway.