Rutgers GSE CMSI

Join Us in Congratulating Our 6th Cohort of ELEVATE Fellows!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788
New Brunswick, March 4, 2020—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will be hosting our 6th annual early-career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in New Brunswick, NJ from June 24 to June 26, 2020.
Today, we're pleased to announce this year's cohort of ELEVATE Fellows:

  • Yara Asi, University of Central Florida
  • Sonia Mae Brown, Langston University
  • Chyna Crawford, Elizabeth City State University
  • Maraliz Fischler-Barraza, Southwestern College
  • Alma Flores, California State University, Sacramento
  • Michael Hackett, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Leta Hooper, Coppin State University
  • Omari Jackson, Morgan State University
  • Olivia Johnson, University of Houston
  • Tremon Kizer, University of Central Florida
  • Laricca London-Thomas, Alabama A&M University
  • Jennifer McCarthy, Lincoln University
  • Kimberley McKinson, City University of New York: John Jay College of Criminal Justice 
  • Kimberly Monroe, Trinity Washington University 
  • Leonard Newby, Langston University 
  • Matin Pirouz, California State University, Fresno
  • Pablo Requena, The University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • Margaret Ross, Oglala Lakota College
  • Salvador Salazar, Bronx Community College, CUNY 
  • Ana Soltero Lopez, California State University, Fresno 
  • Maria Sorochinski, Mercy College
  • Elena Venegas, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Ebony M. Williams, California State University, Sacramento
  • Soua Xiong, California State University, Fresno
  • Tianou Zhang, The University of Texas at San Antonio 

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 housing, meals and materials to minimize the financial burden of participating.

You can read more about the selected Fellows here. Please 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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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