6 Cheyney University Living Legacies

by Janelle L. Williams

Founded in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. This May, the Class of 2018, will add to the legacy of over 30,000 graduates who represent a wide range of prominent and influential professionals. Recognized globally, Cheyney alumni affectionately known as living legacies are making contributions in business, medicine, education, law and policy. We invite you to meet six of those legacies on today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up.

1) Julbert Abraham, Class of 2008: CEO, Abraham Global Marketing

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Widely known as “The LinkedIn Guy,” Julbert Abraham is CEO of AGM, a New Jersey-
based LinkedIn Training and Marketing firm that works with small and mid-sized
businesses, as well as nonprofits, helping them generate traffic, leads, and sales with  a combination of LinkedIn techniques and strategies. With more than 12 years of sales, marketing and entrepreneurial experience, Abraham has appeared on numerous business podcasts and has been featured in Business Innovators Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and BBC Capital. Originally from Haiti, the tri-lingual entrepreneur has an MBA from Northeastern University and is a Social Media Marketing Professor at Baruch College in New York City.

2) Kanita Benson, Class of 2005: Recording Artist

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Kanita Benson is an artist, songwriter, creative visionary, strategist, missionary, mobilizer, global women’s advocate, and speaker. Her career has evolved into full-time ministry, nonprofit advocacy, music, missional work, rooted from a passion for God, marginalized women, the globe’s human rights. In 2013, Benson launched a global refugee women’s initiative (NGO), She Saves A Nation Foundation, operating in Kenya, East Africa. As a recording artist, Benson has toured nationally and has lent background vocals to several veteran gospel artists, including Lonnie Hunter, Structure, Dorinda Clark Cole and Donald Lawrence. Her debut album is set to release spring 2018, with her debut single “Faithful” available now on all digital outlets. Benson has a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, with plans to attend Fuller Theological Seminary, pursuing a doctoral degree in Missiology.

3) Dr. Martina Randall, Class of 2009: Foot and Ankle Surgeon

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Martina Randall is an athlete first, and a surgeon secondif you ask her. It is her love of sports that has led her to a career in Sports Medicine and Foot and Ankle Surgery.  In her first experience as a student athlete (Women’s Basketball), she realized that her love for sports went well beyond the hardwood, as she became more intrigued by the physiology, anatomy, and subsequent surgical correction of injuries that plagued teammates. Randall, a former Keystone Honors student, was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a career in Medicine at Temple University. After the successful completion of medical school, and residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Miami, FL, she was granted acceptance to a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA.  Dr. Randall currently specializes in sports medicine, trauma, limb salvage/reconstruction, arthroscopy, and ankle replacements.

4) Garvin A. Reid, Class of 2008: Higher Education Professional; Entrepreneur

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With over 10 years’ experience, Garvin A. Reid has solidified his place as a higher education professional, motivational speaker and career coach. Earning a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University, Steinhardt, Reid’s areas of interest include global education, college access, the anti-deficit model, and HBCU relevancy. Currently Reid is the Assistant Director/Career Coach at NYU, Abu Dhabi. Additionally, Reid is the co-owner of G.Reid New York, a clothing company specializing in dapper wear for both men and women.

5) Nicholas Roper, Class of 2014: CEO, Destined to Achieve

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Nicholas Roper is the CEO of Destined to Achieve, a non-profit organization focused on teaching and promoting the importance of higher education and mentorship in urban communities. With his non-profit, Roper has provided necessities for families in times of need in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA. As a former Keystone Honors and Bond Hill scholarship recipient, Roper now funds a scholarship for students within the Pennsylvania Higher Education System. Furthering his education in access and development, Roper pursed an MPA at Pennsylvania State University. After 2 years at Penn State, Roper became the Grant Manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he administered CDBG and HOME grants. Roper now wishes to pursue a doctoral degree in Health Policy.

6) Layna Ware, Class of 2008: CEO, Why U?, LLC.

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Layna Ware, M.A. is the Founder and CEO who is known to connect passion with
purpose. As a certified Successful Strengths Coach, Ware has had experience in diverse business environments with an emphasis on training, leadership development, complex problem solving and leadership training. After earning her M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology 2012, Layna began to think differently about mental and physical barriers that affect women in leadership. In 2015, Ware sought to change the narrative concerning women and formed her own company that empowers, inspires and engages women.

Are you a Cheyney Alum? Share your story in the comments below!

8 HBCUs Contributing to the Field of Nursing

by Carol Sandoval

As demographics in the United States become increasingly diverse, the demand for culturally-competent nurses is crucial to providing quality healthcare to diverse populations. By 2055, non-whites will be the majority in the United States (Cohn & Camount, 2016). Despite demographic changes, minority nursing students continue to remain disproportionately underrepresented in the nursing profession (McQueen & Zimmerman, 2004), as a survey completed by the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (2009) found that black nurses represent 4.9% of registered nurses in the United States, while Latino/Hispanic account for only 2%. In an effort to address the low representation of underrepresented minorities in the nursing profession, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have worked diligently to create educational opportunities for nursing students. Today’s MSI Line Up highlights eight HBCUs with nursing programs.

1) Bowie State University (HBCU)—Bowie, MD

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Bowie State University offers both a bachelor degree in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing. In addition to taking nursing classes, students are required to complete community-based clinical shifts. Their state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab provides students with hands-on experience. Bowie’s mission further states that the Department of Nursing is “committed to increasing diverse representation in the nursing profession” (bowiestate.edu).

2) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL

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Tuskegee University was the first university to create a nursing baccalaureate program in the state of Alabama. Since 1948, Tuskegee have accomplished remarkable achievements. In 2017, Tuskegee had a 94.1 percent graduation rate and a 98 percent employment. The ideal Tuskegee student is “a complex biopsychosocial, cultural, spiritual, being who responds holistically to diverse and changing needs” (tuskegee.edu).

3) Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (HBCU)—Tallahassee, FL 

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Established in 1904 as a hospital based program, the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University became the first baccalaureate nursing program at an HBCU in 1936. Currently, the program offers both baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing. The FAMU School of Nursing mission statement is “to create a student-centered environment where knowledgeable, innovative, caring nurses can apply high quality, culturally appropriate care to meet the health needs of the residents of the state, the nation, and the global community” (famu.edu).

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

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Students at Fayetteville State University receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after the completion of four years of pre-nursing and upper division nursing curriculum. Fayettville hopes to “collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to provide culturally competent, patient centered care to clients throughout the lifecycle” and “to teach their students to “utilize the principles of economics and social justices to enhance accessibility to health care and thereby decreasing health disparities” (uncfsu.edu).

5) Winston-Salem State University (HBCU)—Winston-Salem, NC

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Before students can apply for admission to the nursing major, they must complete clinical practicums. These classes combine theory and public service experiences. These opportunities teach pre-nursing students about kindness, compassion, cultural competence and sensitivity in the clinic (wssu.edu).

6) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC

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Founded in 1953, the College of Health and Human Sciences School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has played a major role in training the next generations of nurses. The nursing school offers bachelors degrees in nursing with three different tracks: traditional, accelerated second degree, and RN completion. With these three paths, NCAT prepares students from a spectrum of educational backgrounds (ncat.edu).

7) North Carolina Central University (HBCU)—Durham, NC

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North Carolina Central University largely contributes to the number of nurse practitioners. The Department of Nursing at NCCU graduates 60-75 nursing students each year. One of NCCU Nursing’s main objectives is to “integrate principles of culturally competent care for individuals, groups, and/or communities within diverse populations” (nccu.edu).

8) Hampton University (HBCU)—Hampton, VA

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With campuses in Hampton, VA and Virginia Beach, VA, the Hampton University School of Nursing offers nursing programs at all levels of higher education. It offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and Ph.D.s in nursing. For all degrees, Hampton pushes its students to understand how “social, cultural, economic, political, and biological environments affect both personal and community health (hamptonu.edu).

Know of other exceptional nursing programs at HBCUs? Share in the comments below!

Historic HBCU Chapels

by Kevin Lamár Peterman

For more than 150 years, chapels at historically black colleges and universities have been vibrant spaces for students to learn, connect and grow. It is here that students develop spiritually and practice their respective faith traditions. HBCU chapels render unique experiences for students who seek to connect their scholarship with their faith. Chapels have also served as the hub for activism and civic learning on HBCU campuses. Many chapels regularly host nationally recognized speakers, clergy members and elected officials. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights a few historic HBCU Chapels.

1) Tougaloo College Woodworth Chapel (HBCU)Tougaloo, Mississippi


The Woodworth Chapel at Tougaloo College sits at the center of the physical campus and is central to the student experience. It was named in honor of Dr. Frank G. Woodworth who served as Tougaloo College president from 1887 to 1912.The Queen Anne style building was constructed in 1901. The Chapel served as a meeting place during the Civil Rights Movement for those who sought to gather as they advanced causes for freedom, justice and equality in Mississippi. The mission of the chapel is supported by the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. The Rev. Larry Johnson is responsible for the affairs of the chapel as the current College Chaplain.

2. Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel (HBCU)Washington, D.C.


The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University was constructed in 1896. The chapel is named after the brother of Jeremiah Rankin, the university’s sixth president. At total of 5,000 was donated to the university to build the edifice by the Rankin family in his honor. For more than a century, it has served as an incubator for activism and spiritual life and revered as the “heart of the Mecca”. Howard University became the university in the Unites States to designate a Dean of the Chapel when Dr. Howard Thurman was appointed to lead the university’s spiritual and religious affairs. Today, the chapel is led by the Dr. Bernard L. Richardson. The Office of the Dean of the Chapel host weekly worship services that expose students to some of the world’s most outstanding clergy, scholars and civic leaders.

3) Spelman College Sisters Chapel (HCBU)Atlanta, GA


Sisters Chapel in conjunction with the WISDOM Center is the home of spiritual life at Spelman College. The edifice was officially dedicated in 1927 and has become a transformative space for thinking women of faith who seek to integrate the mind and the spirit as they engage the world and become global leaders. Worship services are held each week under the leadership of the Chapel Staff, Chapel Assistants and Art Ministry Leaders. In 1968, the Chapel welcomed thousands of visitors as it held the remains of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  who laid in state for 48 hours. In 2013, the Lilly Foundation funded the Chapel’s first published anthology entitled, If I Do What Spirit Says Do: Black Women, Vocation, and Community Survival. Dr. Neichelle Guidry was recently appointed Dean of the Chapel and Director of the WISDOM Center.

4) Tuskegee University Chapel (HBCU)Tuskegee, AL


The Tuskegee University Chapel serves as the center of campus for religious, cultural and intellectual gatherings. The original edifice was designed and constructed by Robert R. Taylor, the first African American graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1896 and 1898. This structure destroyed in a fire in 1957 and the present building was opened to the public in 1969. The present chapel is a work of art and is studied by students of architecture throughout the United States because of its unique and distinguish design, having no right angles. The chapel is known for its vibrant worship services held each Sunday. Dr. Gregory S. Gray presently serves as the Dean of the Chapel.

5) The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel was dedicated in 1978. The Chapel is a living memorial to the ministry and prophetic legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who graduated from the college in 1948. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter has served as the Dean of the Chapel since 1979. He is credited for creating the Morehouse Chapel Assistants Program, a student organization that develops leaders while teaching practical skills needed to develop effective ministries. This program has produced many of the nation’s most effective preachers and clergymen. The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel aims to teach excellence, ethics, equality and engagement. Each year the chapel honors religious leaders from across the United States at the annual Ministers & Laity Crown Forum and inducts these individuals into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers.

Know of other chapels at HBCUs? Share them in the comments below!

The History Behind 6 HBCU Seals

by Melanie Wolff and Kelly Lewis 

You see these symbols everywhere on campus, but do you know what they represent? Many college and university school seals represent interesting aspects of an institution’s heritage or mission. Today’s Morning MSI Line Up tells the histories of six HBCU seals!

1) Xavier University of Louisiana (HBCU)New Orleans, LA


As the only Catholic HBCU, Xavier’s seal reflects its religious history. The green field represents confidence in God. The lion is a symbol of courage and strength, standing for the Xavier student nourished with the wheat.The wheat can also stand for the founders of the universitythe Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The Crescent has a double meaninga symbol of the city of New Orleans, as well as the Virgin Mary.

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


Adopted in 1867, the original Howard seal represented the daring concept of a university open to education for all races, male or female. This is defined further by the different nationalities represented around the globe, and the original motto, “Equal rights and Knowledge for all.” Changed around 1910 to represent school trustee Booker T. Washington’s perspective on industrial education for blacks, the new seal represented a less “radical” approach to education than originally envisioned for the institution. Despite this shift, the school was still seen, as one school dean put it, as “the national university for the colored race.”

3) Spelman College (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


Spelman’s motto, “Our Whole School for Christ,” is embedded in the seal as a testament to the faith of the school’s founders, though the institution itself is non-denominational. The star in the seal is the “Star of Service,” representing the original 6 departments at Spelman – College, Teacher Training, Nurse Training, Music, Academy, and High School.

 4) Clark Atlanta University  (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


The University’s seal combines the emblems of its parent institutions – Clark College and Atlanta University – into one. The open book represents the search for and transmission of knowledge, containing the sword of truth and torch of knowledge. The pages of the book also contain the founding dates of the parent institutions. The lamp is meant to represent the illumination of the mind.

5) Morehouse College (HBCU)Atlanta, GA


Morehouse College might have one of the most recognizable seals in the HBCU community. Often illustrated in the color maroon, the Morehouse’s seal is a visual representation of its motto, Et facta est lux – the truth is light. The truth is represented by the sun emerging from the clouds.

6) Harris-Stowe State University  (HBCU)—St. Louis, MO


Harris-Stowe State was originally two schools, whose namesakes – William Torrey Harris and Harriet Breecher Stowe – appear on the seal. The Harris Teachers College, founded in 1857, only educated white teachers for the city of St. Louis, while Harris Stowe Teachers College was founded in 1890 as a normal school for black teachers in St. Louis. In a step to integrate the St. Louis Public School System, the two teachers colleges were merged into one in 1954. As such, it played a pivotal role in advancing racial equality in the area.

Harris-Stowe’s school motto is “affordable, accessible, diverse,” or, as it is written on the seal in Latin, “not many things, but much.” According to the school’s website, it is the most affordable Baccalaureate program in the metropolitan area, and about 85% of its students receive financial aid – holding true to its motto for its students.

Know of other HBCU official seal histories? Share them in the comments below!

6 Public School Superintendents from MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Education is one of life’s main keys to success. Said education has it’s foundation in both primary and secondary education. Today, many of our nation’s greatest leaders in PK-12 education hail from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Their day-to-day leadership helps foster growth of the world’s future leaders. As such, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 6 superintendents from MSIs.

1) Dr. Lewis FerebeeIndianapolis, IN

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Dr. Lewis Ferebee, current superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Prior to Dr. Ferebee’s beginnings at IPS in 2013, he served in the school system for 13 years and Regional Superintendent for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.

Dr. Ferebee earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NCCU, a master’s degree in School Administration from The George Washington University, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. Learn more about Dr. Ferebee’s work with Indianapolis Public Schools here.


2) Alberto M. CarvalhoMiami, FL


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Dr. Carvalho currently serves as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Dr. Carvalho’s years of dedicated work has won him multiple honorary doctoral degrees by MSIs.

Mr. Carvalho has been awarded many honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University (HSI); Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University (HSI) and Florida Memorial University H; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award”.

3) Verleta WhiteBaltimore, MD

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Dr. Verletta White, current interim superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, is a current doctoral candidate in urban educational leadership at Morgan State University. Prior to this position, Dr. White  served as chief academic officer for BCPS, the instructional leader responsible for defining and communicating the vision of the school system while motivating a division of more than 500 curriculum and student support staff. Learn more about Dr. White and her work with Baltimore Country Public Schools here.

4) Jeff EakinsTampa, FL

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Jeff Eakins, currently serves as Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools (in Tampa, FL). Eakins received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (HSI). Mr. Eakins began his education career in 1987 as a fifth grade teacher in Columbus Ohio, and later became principal before this opportunity. Throughout the years, he has always been an “advocate for children, seeking to provide support systems and educational programming that enable children to achieve a promising future.” Learn more about Mr. Jeff Eakins and his work with Hillsborough County Public Schools here.

5) Dr. Kevin M. MaxwellPrince George’s County, MD

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell currently serves as acting CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Dr. Maxwell began his career nearly 40 years ago as a teacher at Crossland High School throughout his career, Dr. Maxwell has focused on raising student achievement, increasing student participation in rigorous coursework and engaging state, county and local stakeholders. Dr. Maxwell has won many awards for his work including:  the 2014 Howard University Outstanding Commitment and Service to Community Award; the 2016 Ethics Project’s Ambassador Andrew Young Award; and the 2016 Prince George’s Community College Foundation Partners for Success Award.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from University of Maryland Baltimore County (AANAPISI). Learn more about Dr. Maxwell and his work with PG County Public Schools here.

6) Dr. Freddrick MurrayJackson, MS

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Dr. Freddrick Murray currently serves as interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Murray has served over 20 years in the education and has a plethora of administrative leadership experience. One of his most noted accomplishments is leading Murrah High School (local Jackson, MS public high school) achieve a placement among the top 500 schools nationwide on U.S. News and World Reports List of Top High Schools in America. Dr. Murray is a 3 time HBCU graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision all from Jackson State University (HBCU). Learn more about Dr. Freddrick Murray and his work with Jackson Public Schools here.

Know of other public school superintendents from MSIs celebrations? Share them in the comments below!

5 César Chávez Celebrations at HSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Cesár Chávez is one of the most dynamic organizers in the fight for better working conditions for farmers throughout the United States. His organization, the National Farm Workers Association (now called the United Farm Workers), played a key role in improving these conditions through legislation, union contracts, and a host of other efforts. While Chavez supported individuals of all colors and creeds, growing up in a Mexican-American farming community informed his knowledge about this community of farmers specifically. As such, multiple Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) around the country celebrate Cesár Chávez Day on March 31st to commemorate his work. Therefore, today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 5 HSIs that celebrate this momentous holiday in honor of this great leader.

1) The University of Texas El Paso (HSI)El Paso, TX


The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) hosts an annual César Chávez celebration in conjunction with the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. This week long celebration includes clothing drives, musical performances, documentary screenings, plays, and much more! One of the most dynamic events, however, is the “Annual El Paso César Chávez Marcha.” Learn more about UTEP’s César Chávez celebration here!

2) Citrus College (HSI)Glendora, CA


Citrus College celebrates the life of César Chávez by giving back. CC students, faculty, and community members participate in the National Chavez Blood Drive Challenge alongside other schools and colleges in the area. Learn more about Citrus College’s blood drive here.

3) California State University, Fresno (HSI)Fresno, CA


This year will be the 22nd year of Fresno State’s annual César Chávez Garlanding Ceremony and Celebration. This three celebration often includes scholars and activists who have a special connection to Chávez’s United Farm Workers organization. Fresno Sate has played a significant role in leading the Filipino community in partnering with Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Learn more about Fresno State’s history of events here.

4) University of California, Santa Cruz (HSI)Santa Cruz, CA

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UC Santa Cruz has a very unique connection to César Chávez as Chávez stepped foot on this campus in May 1973 for a campus rally. During this rally, Chávez and other United Farm Worker leaders spoke on the current struggles in the movement and thanks all who had helped with the campaign (news.ucsc.edu). As such,  UC Santa Cruz hosts an annual convocation In remembrance of  Chávez’s work. In recent years, the convocationhas shifted from its usual keynote speaker format “to an interactive panel discussion focusing on organizing and how to bridge diverse social movements” (news.ucsc.edu). Learn more about the history of César Chávez at UC Santa Cruz here!

5) University of New Mexico, Main CampusAlbuquerque, NM


University of New Mexico’s (UNM) College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) hosts a “Farmworker Awareness Week” week commemorating César Chávez.  CAMP is a “federally funded program established to identify, recruit, admit, and enroll students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds in higher education. CAMP provides students with academic, social, and financial support to enable the completion of their first year of college” (sust.unm.edu). In recent years, Farmworker Awareness Week events include, celebrating women farmworkers, blood drives, agricultural advocate speakers, and much more. CAMP collaborates with multiple campus and community organizations including  the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee, the UNM Graduate Resource Center (GRC), Project of New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), La Plazita Institute, Albuquerque Food Corps, and many more! Learn more about the College Assistance Migrant Program’s Farmworker Awareness Week here!

Know of other César Chávez celebrations? Share them in the comments below!

7 Elite MSI Law Schools at MSIs

by Kelly Lewis

Law schools play an important part in preparing future lawyers, judges, and public officials. Over the years, law schools have become more and more rigorous with a low average acceptance rate. Although the more elite institutions have lower acceptance rates, they come with benefits. Graduates from elite law institutions have higher-paying and more-esteemed jobs. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights some of the top law schools at Minority Serving Institutions.

1) University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA


The University of Southern California School of Law (Gould) has more to offer students than a great location and splendid weather. For over 115 years, Gould has offered students an institution of reputable excellence and diverse alumni. Today, the school is known as one of the nation’s most diverse law school. 40% of their students identify as people color, 12% as first generation, and 10% as economically disadvantaged. The median GPA of the 2017 class is a 3.78 and a median LSAT of 165. Additionally, Gould offers a median scholarship award of about $31,000. Click here to learn more.

2) University of Houston (AANAPISI)—Houston, TX


Located in the heart of the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston, TX, you can find the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). The Law Center has been known for its “best-value” reputation, consistently producing programs ranked in the top 10 by the U.S News & World Report, and placements rates of graduates in top law firms. Interestingly, about 40% of student in 2017 entering class identity as people of color. UHLC graduates also have a bar pass rate of approximately 86%, ten points higher than the Texas average. Read more on the University of Houston Law Center here.

 3) University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Orange County, CA


The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a special place. First, students at the University of California, Irvine Law school have the opportunity to visit beaches, explore parks, and embrace the nearly perfect weather. Second, UCI’s commitment to teaching has led to a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, in addition to, having faculty ranked 7th in the nation for scholarly impact. Third, among the fall 2017 class, 48% of the student identified as low-income. Lastly, the application process is free! No fee waiver is necessary. Learn more about UCI Law here.

4) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, DC

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As the epicenter of the nation’s legal institutions, D.C. is the ideal location for the study of law. Washington, D.C. is home to federal agencies, public interest groups, private law firms, and corporations. In addition to the unique opportunity to observe the cities law-making process, students at Howard University School of Law benefit from other perks. The School of Law offers an exchange program at three law institutions allowing students to pursue courses in areas of studies not offered within their home university. Howard also offers prospective students the option to apply for a J.D/M.B.A. Read more about Howard University, School of Law here.

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


The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of law (Richardson) is located in Honolulu. Richardson School of Law is a multicultural community committed to serving all students regardless of their academic background. This institution is currently offering a tuition freeze through 2020. Residents of the area can expect to pay less than $25,000 a year. The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of law offers several dual degree programs such as J.D/M.B. A, J.D./Ph.D., and J.D./M.A. According to the entering class profile, students with a GPA of 2.94 and LSAT score of 151 were found in the 25th percentile of the 2017 incoming class. Read more about the law school at the University of Manoa here.

6) University of Maryland (AANAPISI) — College Park, Maryland


University of Maryland School of Law (Carey) has been around since 1813. Over the last 200 years, UM Carey has delivered outstanding law content in both the clinical and classroom settings. UM Carey offers three main degree program options: Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Law. Applicants can choose to attend full-time or part-time. The median LSAT score is 157 and undergraduate GPA is 3.51. Read more about University of Maryland here.

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


Florida International University is the home of the only public law school in southern Florida. Established in early 2001, FIU College of Law has been determined to become a premier institution. According to U.S News & World Report, College of Law is ranked top 100 law in the nation. Regionally its ranked top 3 in job placement and quality of incoming students. It is also ranked first in first-time bar passing rate since 2015. Learn more here.

Do you know any other elite MSI Law Schools? comments below!