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CMSI Announces its Fourth Cohort of John Smartt Summer Scholars!


Natalie Passov  | | 848-932-0728

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., April 11, 2023—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will be hosting our 4th annual internship program, John Smartt Summer Scholars (JSSS) at Rutgers University –New Brunswick from May 30, 2023 to July 7, 2023. 

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

  • Morgan Beatty, California State University, Sacramento
  • Jizelle Sanders, Vanderbilt University
  • Du'aa Moharram, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

The John Smartt Summer Scholars Program is an internship program developed by CMSI in the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. The program 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. 

The John Smartt Summers Scholars program is named in honor of CMSI longtime supporter and philanthropist, John Smartt, and seeks to recruit ambitious individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning more about Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and those who exemplify self determination. The internship, centered on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, includes on-campus housing at Rutgers University – New Brunswick,  financial compensation, and will offer selected interns practical research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers. 

Interns will receive generous benefits including faculty mentoring and the opportunity to gain research and administrative experience. Interns will also receive a special invitation to attend ELEVATE, our professional development program for early-career faculty from MSIs, and Revolution U, our convening that centers around dismantling systemic racism in faculty hiring practices.

Read more about the 2023 cohort of John Smartt Summer Scholars here. Join us in congratulating these scholars on their selection for the JSSS 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

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
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