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Rutgers CMSI to host Third Aspiring Leaders Mid-Program Convening in Philadelphia this Spring!

Natalie Passov | | 848-932-0728

New Brunswick, NJ, March 23, 2023 — The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host a Mid-Program Convening for their MSI Aspiring Leaders program in Philadelphia, PA. The two-day event will take place on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, and will focus on cohort building and broadening the skills that Aspiring Leaders have gained so far throughout the two-year program. 

The weekend will provide tools for navigating the many challenges that presidents of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) face. Session topics will include balancing athletic and academic priorities, strengthening CVs, presidential fundraising skills, and negotiating presidential salary packages. Cohort members will hear from peers, mentors, and practitioners to learn how they can equip themselves to take on presidential roles.

This convening brings together Aspiring Leaders and presidential mentors to nurture and build on existing relationships. The skill building and in-person mentorship is vital to making the MSI network stronger for the next generation of leaders,” shared Marybeth Gasman, Executive Director of the CMSI and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair at Rutgers University. 

Supported by grants from ECMC Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, MSI Aspiring Leaders is a program developed by the CMSI that brings together prominent leaders from MSIs to engage with mid-career aspiring leaders from education, non-profit, and business sectors in an effort to prepare the next generation of MSI presidents. 

Join us as we live-tweet this year’s conference! Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #MPC2023!

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 more information about CMSI, please visit

Thursday, March 23, 2023
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