MSI Convening at Richland College, Dallas, Texas - October 19-20, 2018 - REGISTER NOW!

Richland College, in collaboration with the AANAPISI program, is hosting its third annual Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018. Registration is required, but there is no fee for this free, two-day conference.

MSI Convenings are short conferences intended to build collaborations and develop 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.Richland College’s MSI Convening, entitled “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” provides an opportunity for educators from across the nation to gather and discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 

The Keynote Address on Friday morning will be provided by Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C.  Dr. McNair oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences. Her keynote address will guide the 2018 MSI Convening and inspire participants to share effective strategies and evidence based research for evaluating programs and initiatives that support minority student success.  Following the address, Dr. McNair will moderate a panel discussion among college presidents from across the nation to discuss current issues and challenges in improving minority student success in higher education.

Our Plenary Speaker on Saturday morning is Dr. Elva LeBlanc, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for Tarrant County College District. Dr. LeBlanc will discuss challenges in improving minority student success at community colleges and share data about the success of some of the initiatives and programs her college has implemented.  

Additionally, featured presentations and workshops throughout the conference will include specific methods, data, and programs focused on improving minority student success as well as how-to sessions about collecting and using quantitative data to design, evaluate, modify and improve programs and initiatives that address success of minority and under-served students. The full schedule is available on the website (see direct link below). 

For more information about the convening and to register for this free conference, visit our website: registration deadline is Monday, October 8, but we encourage you to register as soon as possible to reserve your place. 

For questions about the conference, please contact Dr. LaQueta L. Wright, 2018 MSI Convening Chair, at or 972-238-6230 (Central Standard Time).

2018 MSI Convening Program & Schedule (direct link):

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