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CMSI Announces its 8th Cohort of ELEVATE Fellows!


Natalie Passov  | | 848-932-0728

New Brunswick, N.J., April 5th, 2023—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will be hosting our 8th annual early-career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in New Brunswick, N.J. from June 21, 2023 to June 23, 2023. 

Today, we're pleased to announce this year's cohort of ELEVATE Fellows:

  • Felipe Mercado, California State University, Fresno
  • Shannon Antoine-Hardy, Dillard University
  • Veneice Guillory-Lacy, San José State University
  • Joy Lewis, Morgan State University
  • Mesi Walton, Howard University
  • Sonya Okoli, Clark Atlanta University
  • Magana Kabugi, Fisk University
  • Jorge Leal, University of California, Riverside
  • Eve Humphrey, Lincoln University
  • Kim Scott, Elizabeth City State University
  • Jonathan Gomez, San José State University
  • Prashanth BusiReddyGari, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Manpreet Kaur, Whittier College
  • Yangyang Liu, California State University, Fresno
  • Nadxieli Toledo Bustamante, California State University, Sacramento
  • Lily Tsoi, Caldwell University
  • Linda Lemus, University of California, Riverside
  • Brittany M. Griffin, Florida A&M University
  • Jude Paul Dizon, Rutgers University
  • L. Trenton Marsh, University of Central Florida
  • Jerraco Johnson, University of North Texas

ELEVATE is a three-day professional development opportunity created specifically to address the unique needs of early-career faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Drawing from the expertise of CMSI and our affiliates, ELEVATE will support the ongoing learning, training, and networking of early career MSI faculty by providing workshops, opportunities to network with peers, and a platform for collaboration.

Participants will have the opportunity to further develop their skills through hands-on workshops that will cover academic writing, grant writing, teaching, mentoring, and achieving tenure. ELEVATE will further enrich fellows’ learning by providing sessions geared towards helping early-career MSI faculty navigate the professoriate and understand their identities within their institutions. Knowledge obtained from these workshops will help participants enhance the visibility of MSIs in national conversations by producing high-quality research and practice.

ELEVATE is offered free of any registration fees to participants and covers meals and materials to minimize the financial burden of participating.

Join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for ELEVATE! Read more about the 2023 cohort of ELEVATE Fellows here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
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