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The CMSI Mid-Program Convening For Aspiring Leaders Will Take Place in Philadelphia this Fall!


Brandy Jones  | | 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, NJ, November 16, 2021 — This weekend, the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host a Mid-Program Convening for their MSI Aspiring Leaders program in Philadelphia, PA. The two-day event will take place from Friday, November 19 to Saturday, November 20, and will focus on cohort-building and expanding the leadership skills that Aspiring Leaders have gained so far throughout the two-year program.

“Being an effective leader starts with developing a strong support system. This year’s convening will be about reconnecting with our cohort and creating space to discuss contemporary challenges and identify resolutions in real-time,” shared Marybeth Gasman, Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair. 

The interactive gathering will provide tools for the many challenges that presidents of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) often have to navigate. Session topics will include leading during COVID-19 and other major crises, the role of the president in enrollment management, and building one’s CV.

“We’ve had quite an eventful year due to COVID-19, so we are very excited to welcome our Aspiring Leaders back to an in-person program. There is so much to learn during this convening as many of our Aspiring Leaders were challenged in their administrative roles in the midst of the pandemic,” shared Brandy Jones, Director for Programs and Communications for the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice. 

Supported by grants from ECMC Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, MSI Aspiring Leaders is a program developed by the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) that brings together prominent leaders from MSIs to engage with mid-career aspiring leaders from education, non-profit, and business sectors in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents. 

As we will be live-tweeting this year’s conference, make sure to follow our hashtag #MPC2021.

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, November 16, 2021
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