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Applications for the Second Cohort of MSI Aspiring Leaders Will Open October 17, 2018!

If you are interested in applying to participate, please review our online pamphlet, which will provide you with information on the application timeline, program eligibility, FAQs, and how to best complete an application.

Philadelphia, Pa., August 10, 2018— Supported by $745,000 in grants from ECMC Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, MSI Aspiring Leaders is a program developed by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) that brings together prominent leaders from Minority Serving Institutions' (MSI) to engage with mid-career aspiring leaders from the education, non-profit, and business sectors in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents.
The MSI Aspiring Leaders program includes both a leadership forum and extensive mentorship. The next forum will be held from Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA and will include sessions curated specifically for aspiring presidents on topics such as de-escalating institutional challenges, fundraising, and fiscal responsibility, assessing student learning and engagement, and navigating relationships with stakeholders. 
After the forum, mentors and their mentees will participate in a one-on-one mentoring relationship through in-person meetings, conference calls, and email over two years. CMSI will facilitate these relationships and provide benchmarks to be completed at various points throughout the two years. These relationships are part of a longitudinal study to measure the influence of such mentorship on mentees’ career trajectories.
In our effort to encourage attendance and minimize financial burden, MSI Aspiring Leaders will be hosted without program fees to all invited participants. In addition, all meals and materials will be provided by CMSI. Participants will only have to cover the cost of their personal travel and lodging.

For questions about the program, please contact our Associate Director for Programs, Paola "Lola" Esmieu, at with "MSI Aspiring Leaders" in the subject line.

Future updates about MSI Aspiring Leaders will be announced on CMSI's website.

About The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

 The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The Center’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. For further information about the Center, please visit

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