Rutgers GSE CMSI

Join Us in Welcoming our 2021 John Smartt Summer Scholars!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, N.J., April 8, 2021—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to host the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program, an internship program that provides interested master’s students with the opportunity to gain professional experience, network with scholars in the field of higher education, and learn essential research skills related to equity and leadership in higher education. 

Today, we're pleased to announce this year's selected John Smartt Summer Scholars:

  • Latrice Johnson, University of Mississippi (undergraduate institution: Tougaloo College)
  • Ariadna Manzo, New York University (undergraduate institution: San Jose State University)
  • Naomi Simmons-Thorne, University of South Carolina (undergraduate institution: Orangeburg–Calhoun Technical College)
  • Alex Reyes, San Diego State University (undergraduate institution: University of California, Irvine)

The John Smartt Summers Scholars program is named in honor of CMSI longtime supporter and philanthropist, John Smartt, and seeks to provide ambitious individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning more about Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with the opportunity to grow academically and professionally. The internship, centered on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, offers interns practical research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers. 

Interns will receive generous support, a $1,500 stipend, the opportunity to produce and publish research, faculty mentoring, and the opportunity to gain administrative experience. Interns will also receive a special invitation to attend ELEVATE, our professional development program for early-career faculty from MSIs. 

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 8, 2021
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