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CMSI Announces Their 7th Cohort of ELEVATE Fellows!


Brandy Jones  | | 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, N.J., April 12, 2022—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will be hosting our 7th annual early-career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in New Brunswick, N.J. from July 20, 2022 to July 22, 2022. 

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

  • Laricca London-Thomas, Alabama A&M University
  • Kerri Malloy, San Jose State University
  • Eric Claravall, California State University, Sacramento
  • Gabriel Camacho, John Jay College (CUNY)
  • Rachael Reed, Dillard University 
  • Guadalupe Díaz Lara, California State University, Fullerton
  • Salvador Salazar, Bronx-Community College of the City University of New York (BCC-CUNY) 
  • Jelisa Clark, Fayetteville State University 
  • Matin Pirouz, California State University, Fresno
  • Janice Phung, California State University, San Marcos 
  • Sampson Akwafuo, California State University, Fullerton
  • Ana K. Soltero López, California State University, Fresno
  • Latoya Johnson, Langston University
  • Jenny Link, Whittier College
  • David Martínez-Prieto, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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 and candid discussions that will cover topics such as grant writing, developing a research agenda, teaching, mentoring, and achieving tenure. Knowledge obtained from ELEVATE 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.

Read more about the 2022 cohort of ELEVATE Fellows here. Join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for ELEVATE!

About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions 

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) 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. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For further information about CMSI, please visit


Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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