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Join Us in Congratulating Our 5th Cohort of ELEVATE Fellows!

Philadelphia, February 19, 2019—The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will be hosting our 5th annual early career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in Philadelphia, PA from May 29 to May 31, 2019.

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

  • Janet Antwi, Prairie View A&M University
  • Terrell Brown, Florida A&M University
  • Tissyana C. Camacho, California State University, Northridge
  • Marlene Camacho-Rivera, CUNY School of Medicine
  • Julius Carlson, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
  • Jeseth Delgado Vela, Howard University
  • Frank Fernandez, University of Houston
  • Morewell Gaseller, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Jo Nell Aaron Gillings, Miami Dade College
  • Tim Grigsby, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Roshunda Harris-Allen, Tougaloo College
  • Edwin Hernandez, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Luz Herrera, California State University, Fresno
  • Oscar Jerome Stewart, San Francisco State University
  • Veronica Johnson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
  • Vivian Lim, Guttman Community College, CUNY
  • Lap Nguyen, Central State University
  • Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Spelman College
  • Joanna Perez, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Tomekia Simeon, Dillard University
  • Henry Smart, III, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
  • Shahab Tayeb, California State University, Fresno
  • Daniel Theriault, Benedict College
  • Paloma E. Villegas, California State University San Bernardino

Read more about the selected ELEVATE Fellows here.

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 all meals, materials, and lodging to minimize the financial burden of participating. ELEVATE is part of Project Passport, a partnership with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and funded by both the Kresge Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

Please join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for ELEVATE!

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 and Native American 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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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