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CMSI and CIEE Host Presidential Leadership Workshop in Barcelona

Philadelphia, Pa., November 7, 2018— Today in Barcelona, Spain the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host the fourth annual Presidential Leadership Workshop, a one-day executive level workshop designed for university presidents from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) looking to expand study abroad opportunities for their students. 

This workshop is a part of a partnership between CIEE and CMSI created to increase access to study abroad opportunities for MSI students by facilitating dialogue about the importance of international education at all levels of MSIs, including presidents, faculty, and students.
The following MSI presidents will be participating in this year’s workshop:

  • Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Roslyn Artis, Benedict College
  • Rudolph Crew, CUNY Medgar Evers College
  • Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Central State University
  • Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount St. Mary’s University Los Angeles
  • Patricia McGuire, Trinity Washington College
  • Anthony E. Munroe, Essex County College 
  • Eduardo J. Padron, Miami Dade College
  • David Thomas, Morehouse College
  • Beverly Wade Hogan, Tougaloo College

“We are so proud that these institutional leaders who are dedicated to expanding international education on their campus and are leading by example and engaging in dialogue about the significance of immersive and intentional programming for MSI students,” said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for Minority Serving Institutions.
Among other topics, the workshop will teach the presidents techniques for improving campus access to international education and integrating international education into their institutional strategic plans.
Presidents will also hear from alumni of the highly-selective Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program that is also part of the partnership between CMSI and CIEE. Carmen Crusoe and Juan Duran, two of ten 2018 Frederick Douglass Fellows, will share what they learned while participating in a four-week intercultural leadership program held in Cape Town, South Africa this summer.
“The Presidential Leadership Workshop dissects the difficult task of internationalizing the college campus by sharing strategies that can help MSI presidents break down barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to expand study abroad opportunities at their institutions,” said Keshia Abraham, Director of Strategic Initiatives at CIEE.

In addition to the Presidential Leadership Workshop, the MSI presidents are invited as special guests to CIEE’s Annual Conference Study Abroad, Leading Innovation: Educating Global Citizens in the Digital Age, which will be held in Barcelona from November 7-10, 2018. CIEE’s Annual Conference will have attendees from 222+ international organizations, including 135+ colleges and universities.

About the Center for Minority Serving Institutions 
The 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. CMSI’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 CMSI, please visit
About the Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE, the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, transforms lives and builds bridges by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. To help people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for cultural exchange, including work exchange programs, teach abroad programs, and a worldwide portfolio of study abroad and internship programs for college and high school students. Visit

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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