Minority Serving Institution Convening

Online registration is now closed. There will be limited on-site registration available on the morning of Friday, October 14, 2016. Please contact 2016 MSI Convening Coordinator, M.T. Hickman at Mthickman@dcccd.edu or (972)238-6097 (CST) for more information.

Conference Brand (Wide Format)

Richland College in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) Program is hosting a two day conference for institutions of higher education interested in improving minority student success. The focus of the conference is to convene and discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The conference will be held on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

In past years, this MSI Convening has focused on best practices and innovation. These areas are vital to improving minority student success. This year, the conference will focus on existing evidence and developing more robust methods for determining success of minority programs and initiatives so that colleges and universities can improve, obtain funding, and effect change at their institutions. To that end, this MSI Convening is the first in a series of four annual conferences hosted by Richland College that are designed to shift the focus of MSIs from what we are doing successfully.


Mark Mitsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the U.S. Department of Education, will provide the Opening Address and will facilitate a panel discussion about research on Minority Student Success. Throughout the conference, large group discussions will be held for each of the primary designations for Minority-Serving Institutions, facilitated by leaders in those fields. A Plenary Address on Saturday morning features Robert Teranishi, Ph.D., from University of California Los Angeles, who will share his latest research on minority programs and initiatives. Small breakout session workshops will be held on both Friday and Saturday to discuss programs, initiatives, and research at individual colleges and universities.


Workshops will allow presenters and attendees to discuss programs and initiatives and how they are being measured or how they should be measured. Online registration is now closed. Limited on-site registration will be available in the morning on Friday, October 14, 2016.

Minority Serving Institutions Designations:
  • Asian and Pacific Islander-Serving institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Predominantly Black Institutions
  • Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions
  • Tribal Colleges or Universities
  • Alaska Native-Serving Institutions
  • Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

Information on these categories and a list of institutions that qualify based on enrollment data can be found on this Department of Education website.

Conference Location:

Richland College
12800 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75243

More Information

For more information or questions, contact the 2016 MSI Convening Coordinator, M.T. Hickman at Mthickman@dcccd.edu or (972)238-6097 (Central Standard Time).

Funded by a grant from the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program of the U.S. Department of Education. This program is supported in part (approximately 30%, or approximately $9,000) by a grant (PO31L150024) from the US Department of Education, with the remainder (approximately 70%, or $21,000) provided from non-federal sources.