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CMSI is Proud to Announce Their 2022 John Smartt Summer Scholars!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, N.J., April 14, 2022—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to host the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program, an internship program designed to give interested master's students the opportunity to receive professional experience, connect with scholars in the higher education field, and learn fundamental research skills in connection to equity and leadership. 

We are glad to announce this year's selected John Smartt Summer Scholars:

  • Alicia Reyes, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Lesley Rivas López, University of Texas at Austin
  • Alexis Weatherspoon, University of California, Riverside

The John Smartt Summers Scholars program is named in honor of CMSI longtime supporter and philanthropist, John Smartt, and seeks to recruit ambitious individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning more about Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and those who exemplify self-determination. The internship, centered on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, will offer selected interns practical and research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers.

Interns will receive generous benefits, including a $1,500 stipend, the chance to create and publish research, mentoring from faculty, in addition to gaining administrative experience. This year will be the first year our interns will join CMSI staff in person at Rutgers University — New Brunswick.

Please join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program! 

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

Thursday, April 14, 2022
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