Rutgers GSE CMSI

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions Receives Operations Grant from The Kresge Foundation


Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, NJ (July 8, 2019) —The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is pleased to announce that it has been granted $375,000 over three years from The Kresge Foundation to support the continued development and operations of CMSI at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  

“Our nation’s Minority Serving Institutions play a key role in helping us achieve equitable college attainment goals.  In just five short years, the Center has become a critical hub of scholarship and activity, producing insightful research and programming that promotes the strength and sustainability of these institutions, ” said Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director for the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. “Kresge is proud to continue its support of the Center during this next chapter of growth.” 

The grant will support CMSI as it continues its signature programs, research, and publications at its new home at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education. The funds will be used to further the Center’s goals of elevating the contributions of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), increasing rigorous scholarship related to MSIs, and advancing effective policies that have a positive impact on MSIs and their stakeholders. 

“Kresge’s continued support of our Center will help us expand our reach and impact. We are honored to receive the foundation’s support and look forward to bolstering our programs and initiatives to increase our capacity to serve the growing number of MSIs across the nation,” said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 

"We are excited and honored to welcome the Center for Minority Serving Institutions to its new home and are grateful to the Kresge Foundation for their continued support of CMSI and Dr. Gasman," said Rutgers GSE Dean Wanda J. Blanchett. "This grant will further the GSE's commitment to Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education through the impactful work of CMSI and Dr. Gasman."

About The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Rutgers 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, Native American, and 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 here.

The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Metropolitan Detroit, in the suburb community of Troy, that works to expand opportunities in America's cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, community development and our place-based efforts in Detroit. For more than 85 years, The Kresge Foundation has helped build the nation’s nonprofit infrastructure—libraries, hospitals, schools, museums, community centers and other facilities. Historically, the challenge grant was used to help nonprofit organizations advance their capital campaigns and meet their fundraising goals for new facility construction or renovation. Today, The Kresge Foundation engages in strategic philanthropy using an array of grantmaking and investing tools. Read more here

Monday, July 8, 2019
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