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Educational Testing Services’ (ETS) team of analysts and researchers support CMSIs’ endeavor to collect current data on MSIs. 

Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of Educational Testing Service’s Policy Evaluation & Research Center (PERC), leads the partnership between CMSI and ETS. Michael has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement, educational equity, and higher education finance policy. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement and assessment at both the K–12 and postsec­ondary levels. 

A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For more than 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available. We work with CIEE to bring study abroad opportunities to more MSI students.

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. IRT graduates have enjoyed remarkable success securing jobs as K-12 teachers, counselors, and principals, as well as professors, university administrators, and leaders. We work with IRT to assist students participating in the MSI Weekend with their college applications.


The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. We work with HRC on programs related to LGBTQ students on MSI campuses.

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Mentoring @ Purdue (M@P) is an initiative aimed at increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM-based agricultural and life science graduate degrees in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. M@P works to promote, build, and enhance the mentoring experience between faculty and women and underrepresented minority students through engaging partners throughout Purdue University, educating faculty on effective strategies for supporting women and URM students, and collaborating with agricultural and life science industry organizations to gain insight on the human capacity development of tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture. Through partnerships with 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities, M@P is also working to build a pipeline of talent to Purdue University to pursue graduate degrees in the College of Agriculture. For more information on M@P, please visit

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Brightspot is dedicated to transforming the higher education experience. To solve complex problems, Brightspot brings together diverse disciplines, skills, and perspectives: architecture, interior design, social science, design research, business strategy, brand strategy, technology, and organizational change. Additionally, they’re committed to building a more diverse, inclusive team in terms of identity, life experience, and background – they know this will lead to better ideas, stronger performance, and greater impact.

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CoopLew is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development services and activities for higher education Chief Diversity Officers at various stages in their career, to include, aspiring, emerging and incumbents. We provide consulting and advising services to other higher education professionals who want to advance a strategic diversity agenda. CoopLew leads in this area because of a solid researched-based approach that captures experiences and expectations of Chief Diversity Officers, which informs our work and your success.

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SLSV Coalition centers on college campuses in creating a space for student voters, and in doing so, creating lifelong voters. With students as captive audiences and a mission to educate, colleges and universities have an opportunity and duty to create spaces for civic growth on their campuses. That is where the SLSV Coalition comes in. By providing funding, resources, connections, and strategic direction, like the planning structure set up by the SLSV Checklist, they help campus and local leaders plan and deploy best practices to answer these questions for their students.

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Mentor Spaces aspire to support clients to become a leader in Diversity and Inclusion and be an impactful ambassador for your company. They belive tehcnology should make your life easier and expand the hours in your day. Mentor Spaces has partnered with CMSI to launch the Mary Ellen Pleasant Entrepreneur (MEPE) Fellowship. The MEPE Fellowship aims to increase future entrepreneurs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is part of a $775,000 Innovations in Career Advising grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HBCU students will have the opportunity to build a peer advising startup through a 10-week virtual fellowship during the Spring 2019 semester with the help of Mentor Spaces’ virtual business and marketing-focused curriculum and their scientifically-validated Clarity Assessment.

The Fordham Center for Cybersecurity (FCC) is an interdisciplinary and interschool hub for cybersecurity education, research, and training. It provides current and future professionals with the knowledge and skills in various areas of cybersecurity, through research, degree programs, certificates, and participation in cyber competitions and community outreach. The FCC is University-wide and works with Fordham schools and departments to offer faculty and students a wide array of opportunities. The CAE-Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) is sponsored by NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) program office and stems from the Minority Serving Institutions Working Group (MSI-WG). The CAE-CEDI Coalition is Co-Chaired by Dr. Thaier Hayajneh of Fordham University and Dr. Amelia Estwick. 

CAE-CEDI works to connect Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) who can benefit from developing or expanding cybersecurity related offerings, with the resources needed to further their institutions. Providing support and assistance tailored to the needs of participating MSIs to self-sustain their cybersecurity offerings.  


With a mission focused on empowering student veterans, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and three countries overseas representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA inspires yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of dedicated chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential. For more information, visit us at


The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) was founded to address a pressing need in higher education. U.S. colleges and universities have long worked to fulfill their civic missions, but they have yet to meet the expectation that learning about and participation in democracy pervades every student’s learning experience. Nor is ensuring the health and future of a just and strong democracy a realized institutional commitment for all campuses. Educators have found these responsibilities challenging for several reasons. First, they had no way to measure student civic participation and, as a result, could not identify obstacles or benchmark progress. Second, they lacked evidence-driven resources and recommendations for action. Finally, educating for democracy is unavoidably political, a daunting task in today’s hyper-polarized era.

Established to address these challenges, IDHE serves as a leading venue for nonpartisan, applied research, resources, and advocacy on college student political learning and engagement in democracy. Our mission is to inform and shift college and university priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity. We focus explicitly on “all things political” on college and university campuses.