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Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Summit: From Awareness and Understanding to Planning and Action

October 14, 2019, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm EDT

Rackham Graduate School is excited to host its first MSI summit. This meeting is informed by and builds on the efforts of the National Forum for the Public Good in Higher Education (The Forum), the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), and the myriad programs and departments that are committed to building pathways to opportunity into graduate and professional education and beyond.

This year’s summit uses the Forum’s framework of awareness, understanding, planning, and action in an effort to provide attendees with information and resources to support them wherever they are in the process of relationship building with Minority Serving Institutions.

The goals of the MSI summit are to:

  • Expand awareness and understanding of Minority Serving Institutions
  • Highlight some of the University of Michigan’s historical and contemporary relationships with Minority Serving Institutions
  • Learn of strategies and best practices for building relationships with MSIs

We invite you to join us for the entire summit or join us for the sessions that interest you most.


10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Session 1: Expanding Awareness and Deepening Understanding of Minority Serving Institutions

  • Defining MSIs
  • The significance of MSIs and their contributions to higher education and society
  • U-M’s historical connections with MSIs

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Roundtable Discussion: U-M/MSI Partnership
Enjoy lunch and learn about the relationship building efforts of some U-M Units.

1:45 to 3:00 p.m. Session 2: Identifying, Engaging with, and Formalizing Relationships
A discussion on things to consider when establishing a relationship with MSIs.
Speaker: Dr. Ja’Wanda Grant, Special Assistant to the Provost for Scholar Development and Institutional Alliances, Academic Affairs, Xavier University of Louisiana

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We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time (one week preferred) to arrange for your requested accommodation(s) or an effective alternative.


October 14, 2019
10:30 am to 3:00 pm EDT
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Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)