Meet 5 API Standing Presidents/Chancellors of AANAPISI 4-Year Public Universities

by See Xiong

According to 2016 data from the American Council on Education (ACE), only 2.0% of college president identify as Asian or Asian American. Although Asian Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and are well educated, not many Asian Pacific Islanders pursue college presidency positions.

Get to know five Asian Americans leading a 4-year public university with status as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution.

Dr. Ellen Junn

1. Dr. Ellen Junn, appointed 2016
California State University, Stanislaus
Turlock, California

Dr. Ellen Junn became the 11thpresident of California State University, Stanislaus in 2016. She became the 2ndwoman of color to lead the University since its establishment in 1957 and the first Korean American woman to lead a 4-year university in the United States.

Before coming to CSU Stanislaus, Junn was the provost and vice president of academic affairs at CSU Dominguez Hills; Associate Provost at CSU Fresno, and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at CSU Fullerton. Junn received her Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from Princeton University. Junn’s parents were immigrants to the United States after the Korean War. Her upbringing in segregated Georgia in the 1960s influenced her to strive for diversity at her campus to create an inclusive campus environment.

Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh

2. Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh, appointed 2013
University of Washington, Bothell Campus
Bothell, Washington

Dr. Bjong Wolf Yeigh became the chancellor of the University of Washington, Bothell in 2013. Yeigh came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and lived in Seattle. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.

Before coming to UW Bothell, Yeigh was professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. Prior to that he was at Norwich University, where he held multiple leadership positions as vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty; and a joint professorship in the Mechanical Engineering Department and School of Business and management. He was also Dean of Engineering at Saint Louis University, Assistant Provost for Science and Technology at Yale University, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and lecturer at Princeton University. Yeigh is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Tactical Air Intelligence Officer.

Dr. Leroy M Morishita

3. Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, appointed 2012
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, California

Dr. Leroy M. Morishita was appointed president of California State University, East Bay in 2012. Prior to his appointment as president, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Administration and Finance at San Francisco State University. Morishita holds an Education Doctorate (Ed.D) in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the chair of the California State University’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.

Morishita is 3rdgeneration Japanese American. His grandfather came to the United States from Japan and the Morishita family established a 40-acre farm in Del Rey, part of Fresno County. Read more on Morishita’s Life Lesson here.

Dr. Leslie E. Wong

4. Dr. Leslie E. Wong, appointed 2012
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Dr. Leslie E. Wong was appointed the 13th president of California State University, San Francisco (San Francisco State University) in 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was president of Northern Michigan University. He also worked at Valley City State University, the University of Southern Colorado and Evergreen State College. Wong received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. In his commitment to student success, he leads San Francisco State University staff and faculty to commit to social justice, equity in public higher education.

Dr. Renu Khator

5. Dr. Renu Khator, appointed 2008
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

Dr. Renu Khator became the chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston in 2008. She is the first Indian immigrant to head a major research university in the United States. Khator was born in Uttar Pradesh, Indian and received her Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration from Purdue University. Before coming to the University of Houston, she was Provost at the University of South Florida.

Within four years of joining the University of Houston, she led U of H to be ranked for the first time by U.S. News and World Report, being recognized by the Carnegie Foundation with Tier One status, as a world-class research university in 2012.

5 Pre-Freshman Programs at HBCUs

by Aisha Bowen

During the month of August, millions of students across the U.S. are making final preparations to begin their college careers. Interestingly, many HBCUs offer programs for pre-freshman to get acclimated with class, financial aid and other key aspects of college/university life. Todays MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 HBCUs with dynamic pre-freshman programs for accepted students.

1) Morehouse College (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College currently offers a free six- week program for pre-freshman entitled, the “Pre-Freshman Bridge Summer Science Program.” The program is offered to students planning to major in chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, biology,  or mathematics. The program is meant to give students “an accelerated start in college, and aid their adjustment to the regiment of college life.” Learn more about the programs offered to high school and pre-freshmen students by Morehouse College here!

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

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Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science (CEACS) currently offers a free 4-week pre-summer program for admitted freshman students who’ve been accepted into CEACS. Accepted students can “participate in classes, workshops, social activities and small group projects to aid in their making an easy transition to the university.” Learn more about the CEACS’s offerings for pre-freshman here!

3) North Carolina A&T State University (HBCU)Greensboro, NC


North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) currently offers a free pre-freshman program to for pre-freshman interested in pursuing medicine entitled, The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and East Carolina University – Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Scholar’s Program (EASP). Students interested must apply their senior year of high school. Of the 8 students selected each year, “up to two top EASP student scholars may be selected for guaranteed seats in the BSOM entering class, four years in advance” (source). Click here to learn more about this amazing opportunity for pre-freshman here!

4) Central State University (HBCU)Wilberforce, OH


Central State University’s Summer Early Start Program is a five week “intensive academic enrichment” (source) program for pre-freshmen student who plan to major in writing, reading, critical thinking, health and wellness, and mathematics. Students enrolled in the program wills stay on campus and have the opportunity to connect with fellow continuing students and staff. Learn more about Central’s Summer Early Start Program here!

5) Tuskegee University (HBCU)Tuskegee, AL

tuskegeeTuskegee University’s pre-freshmen program is entitled PREFICS, standing for Pre-Freshman in Computer Science. This 8 week program is designed for students interested in computer science to “earn up to 7 credit hours in college level mathematics and computer science.” The goal for students in these courses is to develop two foundational computer science skills–critical reasoning and problem solving. Learn more about Tuskegee PREFICS program’s great work here!

Know of other pre-freshman programs at HBCUs? Share in the comments below!

4 Scholarship Opportunities for Students at HSIs

It is never too early to start thinking about scholarships and if you attend a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) have some great opportunities for you to check out. The HACU Scholarship Program administers scholarship opportunities provided by their partners to assist in defraying some of the college expenditures. Below you will find a few of the scholarships provided by HACU and their partners.

1) Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship


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Big Red, known as America’s original and #1 red soft drink supports HACU’s mission of Championing Hispanic Success in Higher Education. The Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship program awards five $1,000 scholarships to qualifying students that attend a HACU-member institution annually. For more information, click here.

2) Cafe Bustelo El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship



Café Bustelo aims to invest in the Latino community by awarding scholarships for those who seek better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. They’re looking for motivated college students with a passion for community involvement and furthering their education. El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship awards ten $5,000 scholarships to full-time undergraduate or graduate students of Latino descent. For details, click here.

3) Oracle



Oracle recognizes that fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees contribute to thought leadership drives innovation and engagement. One way they promote this idea is by offering a scholarship of $2,150 annually to undergraduate students who are attending a two-year or four-year HACU member institution within the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Additional information can be found here.


4) ¡Lanzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

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Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU), offer an annual travel award program for undergraduate and graduate students attending a HACU member institution within the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Through this national education initiative, HACU and Southwest Airlines award roundtrip e-passes to currently enrolled students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education. For details on eligibility requirements, please click here.

To learn more about these scholarships and other opportunities available to students at HSI’s, Eligibility and additional detailed information can be found on their website.

Making Their Way on Broadway: 6 Performance Tony Winning MSI Alums 1980-Now

Since the 72nd Tony Awards were just a month ago, we wanted to take a look at who acted, sang, and danced their heart out on Broadway after attending an MSI!

1. Jennifer Holliday – Texas Southern University

1982 Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical as Effie White in Dreamgirls









Jennifer was the first to play the role of Effie White (later played by Jennifer Hudson in the movie). She has continued to perform on Broadway, most recently in the Tony Award winning revival of A Color Purple as Shug Avery.


2. Mary Alice – Chicago State University (then Chicago Teacher’s Union)

1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play as Rose in Fences


Mary graduated from Chicago State University and worked as a teacher before starting a career of almost 40 years in the entertainment industry. Some may know her from her movie role in The Matrix Revolutions as The Oracle.

3. B.D. Wong – San Francisco State University

1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Song Liling in M. Butterfly


As the only actor in Broadway history to receive the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award for the same role, Bradley Darryl “B.D.” Wong made waves on Broadway. However, many know him from his expansive T.V. and movie career in roles such as Dr. George Huang in Law & Order: SVU or as the voice of Captain Li Shang in Mulan.

4. Phylicia Rashad – Howard University

2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun


Phylicia was the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun and would go onto to receive the NAACP Image Award reprising that role in the movie remake. Many know Phylicia as Clair Hanks Huxtable, the matriarch of The Cosby Show.

5. Anika Noni Rose – Florida A & M

2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical as Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change

Many may know Anika from her role in the Dreamgirls movie as Lorrell Robinson and as the voice of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in 2014 as Beneatha Younger in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which also led to her receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.

6. James Monroe Iglehart – California State University, East Bay

2014 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as Genie in Aladdin on Broadway












After a Tony Award winning run as Genie, James presently plays the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway cast of Hamilton. You may also know James from his appearances on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

DREAMers and 5 MSIs that support them

By Sergio Gonzalez

Today’s society emphasizes the necessity and privilege of obtaining higher education. Unfortunately, many undocumented students in the United States are excluded from this privilege, facing adversity as they fight for their right to higher education.

Undocumented students in higher education, known as DREAMers, have been described as individuals brought to the United States as children with no legal status. With a lack of infrastructure and/or support for this student population nationwide, some MSIs have dedicated resources to support them on their academic journeys.

1) California State University, Fullerton


Titan Dreamers Resource Center (TDRC):

As an HSI, The TDRC is designed to provide a safe space where students can connect with one another. They provide undocumented students with academic and emotional support, referrals to financial assistance, and information on programs/services designed to improve retention/graduation rates. Additional information can be found here.

2) California State University, Los Angeles


Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center:

The Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center works closely with the Office of the Vice President for Student Life by assisting students with the cost of submitting a DACA renewal request. The center promotes the success of undocumented students at Cal State LA, known as an HSI, through a plethora of resources, services, and community engagement opportunities. They strive to create a welcoming environment where undocumented students can grow, flourish and succeed. For more information, click here.

3) California State University, Long Beach


Dream Success Center:

Designated as an HSI, CSULB’s Dream Success Center was established with the intent to provide services, resources, and support to undocumented students. Their mission is simple: empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success. For more information, click here.

4) University of California, Irvine


Dreamers’ Resource Office:

The Dreamers’ Resource Office is dedicated to serving the AB540 and undocumented student population through advocacy, guidance, and support at UCI, which is designated as an AANAPISI. The programs and services are designed for students to achieve academic, personal, and professional experience. The Dreamers’ Resource Office is directly connected to the Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center. For more information, click here.

5) University of California, Santa Cruz


Undocumented Student Services (USS):

Under the umbrella of their Educational Opportunity Programs, USS provides a robust set of services and support to bolster the graduation and retention rates of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz, an HSI. The services include peer mentorship and academic advising, which provides personal, academic, financial, and legal support to all UCSC undocumented students. For more information on the resources the USS provides its students, click here.





4 Forbes 30 Under 30 and MSI Alumni Recipients

by Kelly Lewis

At the center of change is the burning desires of individuals committed to reinventing the world around them.  Forbes 30 Under 30 continues to be a platform where ambitious and innovative talent is displayed annually. 600 young visionaries in 20 different industries have been selected by Forbes as the 2018 30 Under 30. This week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features four MSI Alumni recipients who will gain the prestigious title of a 30 Under 30 and join the ranks of the 4,000 Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni network.

1) Danielle Hughes (PBI)—Georgia State University

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Danielle Hughes is the Cofounder of Detroit Speaks. Hughes, a Detroit native, established the Detroit based nonprofit to increase positive personal and professional outcomes for low-income teens in the public-school systems. Understanding the importance of education, Detroit Speaks facilitates social awareness, community involvement, and student success through a series of programming. Detroit Speaks grants students the opportunities to participate in community clean-ups, professional mentoring by way of the “Emerging Leaders” program, and after-school programs. To learn more about Detroit Speaks click here.

2) Benny Lou (AANAPISI)—University of California – Irvine

Benny Lou is the founder of the web publication targets Asian youth within America and Asian countries. It is considered one of the leading sources covering the cultural, political, entertainment, and lifestyle of Asian culture. Since its inception in 2013, with Benny Lou’s $3000, since then Nextshark has grown tremendously.  Nextshark now has a full-time staff of 12 and bringing in three million viewers monthly. Check out some of the publications on

3) Jenelle Coy (HBCU)—Howard University

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Jenelle Coy is a first-generation American with a keep entrepreneurial spirit. Coy has strategically used her education and professional experience in marketing and advertising to create the innovative Coy+ Brand. Coy+ has been regarded as Entrepreneur Magazine’s 360 most innovative small business in America.  Coy+ considers itself a multi-disciplinary creative and digital strategy firm that bridges the gap between function and flair. With no outside funding, Coy+ has grown to nearly $1 million in revenue last year. As well as, working with some of the Nation’s top organizations (i.e. RCA Records, Proctor & Gamble, and many more). To learn more head over to

4) Jonathan García (AANAPISI/HSI)— Azusa Pacific University

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Jonathan Garcia is the Senior Director of the Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs at Portland Public Schools. As the son of undocumented Mexican Immigrants, Garćia family instilled in him the importance of education.  Upon graduating from Azusa Pacific University, with both his Bachelors and Masters, He has led several nationally recognized efforts that connect businesses and public school systems. Garćia determination resulted in over $20 million in private investments for the San Francisco School District. Today he currently works with the Portland Public School district to develop strategic initiatives similar to his work in San Fran. To learn more about Jonathan Garcia, visit his LinkedIn here.

Do you know any other Forbes 30 Under 30 who have attended MSIs? Share in the comments below!


9 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) that offer Environmental Science Degrees

By Rachel Bryan

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) have begun developing STEM programs, empowering students to utilize their knowledge in their own communities and around the world. According to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), “federal funds and tribal initiatives have contributed to an 87% increase in enrollment in tribal college science programs and a 31% jump in overall graduation rates over the past decade.” Here are nine TCUs that offer degree programs in Environmental Science, ranging from A.S. degrees to M.S. degrees:

1. Fort Peck Community College

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Fort Peck Community College offers an A.S. degree in Environmental Science, and for those interested in pursuing additional education, the degree is transferable to universities in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This program requires students to understand biology, chemistry, and physics, and apply these sciences to the environment and evolution.

2. Haskell Indian Nations University

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Haskell Indian Nations University offers a B.S. in Environmental Science, which incorporates current trends in environmental research and evaluates how ecosystems sustain their communities. Course topics range from air quality to multicultural perspectives on sustainable agriculture.

3. Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

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Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College offers an A.S. in Environmental Science that focuses on the intersection between environmental, economic, and tribal issues. The program offers classroom, lab, and field experience with the goal of protecting the environment so it can continue to serve its surrounding communities.

4. Navajo Technical University

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Navajo Technical University offers an A.A.S. and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Natural Resources, both of which focus on environmental management and restoration. Students that have pursued these programs have gone on to pursue environmental protection, mineral extraction, energy production, and more.

5. Northwest Indian College


Northwest Indian College offers one of the only B.S.’s in Native Environmental Science in the world, which focuses on “marine sciences, plants and ethnobotany, environmental health and wellness, and tribal environmental governance and policy.” Additionally, they offer community service, research, and internship opportunities in which students can apply theory to practice.

6. Sitting Bull College


Sitting Bull College offers an A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Environmental Science. Students that have attended these programs have acquired both local and national positions, from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Environmental Protection Agency to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) through the National Science Foundation.

7. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute offers an A.A.S. in Environmental Science. It seeks to prepare students for tribal, public, federal, private, and non-profit work in the field, and the credits are easily transferable if students wish to pursue additional education after enjoying their internship, professional development seminars, and community engagement.


8. United Tribes Technical College

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United Tribes Technical College offers an A.A.S. and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Research, emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to the A.A.S. credits being easily transferable, these programs help to foster connections between students and scientists via research projects.


9. White Earth Tribal and Community College


White Earth Tribal and Community College offers an A.A. degree with an Environmental Science Emphasis, which focuses on teaching students about the history of White Earth Reservation, relaying information about “traditional plant knowledge and wildlife tracking” and its connection to Western science.