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Closing the Equity Gap:
Securing Our STEM Education and Workforce Readiness
Infrastructure in the Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions

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Report Highlights 

STEM Student Success: Investing in Minority Serving Institutions for Our Future Workforce
November 4, 2019
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

Twenty first century advances require the United States to expand and diversify its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-capable workforce. The nation’s Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)—institutions with an established and intentional focus to educate and train students of color—are uniquely poised to serve as a large national resource for developing the next generation of STEM talent.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will host a one-day meeting to convene key stakeholders from Minority Serving Institutions, federal and state government agencies, and philanthropic and private sectors from the Washington DC area and surrounding states to—
• Examine promising approaches to increase MSI student success and workforce preparation in STEM fields
• Discuss strategies for enabling stronger, more productive partnerships between MSIs and public and private stakeholders that support STEM investments
• Develop ideas and strategies that bridge the gaps between the MSI community and government agencies
• Raise awareness among policymakers, the media, and the public of the vital role of MSIs in supporting economic development and national security
NASEM recently published a consensus report on this topic, offering recommendations on action MSI stakeholders can take. The full report and other report resources can be found here


MSI National Convocation
February 6, 2019
Washington, DC

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Please click on the links above to view the webcast archive of this event. The MSI National Convocation is brought to you by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academies will convene a variety stakeholders, including MSI leaders, researchers, policymakers, government agencies, private foundations, and representatives from industry, to discuss, debate, and explore approaches to implement the report’s recommendations.

Given the projected demographic profile of our nation, the educational outcomes and STEM readiness of students of color will have direct implications for America’s economic growth, national security, and global prosperity. The report identifies promising strategies to support the long-term success of the millions of students of color in STEM at MSIs and the capacity of these institutions to remain innovative and competitive in a global economy.

Through facilitated discussions, participants will propose cross-sector initiatives to stimulate the necessary actions to promote change and lasting success for MSI students. Join us for a day of inspiring and informative conversations on Minority Serving Institutions and their role in producing talent to fulfill the needs of the nation’s current and future STEM workforce.

For more information, please view the agenda.


Project Scope
Meetings and Events
Committee Membership

Project Scope

An ad hoc committee under the oversight of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), in collaboration with the Board on Science Education (BOSE), will undertake a study to examine the goals, aspirations, challenges, and successes of post-secondary institutions that enroll and serve a significant portion of our nation’s African American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American STEM graduates-- often collectively referred to as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

This study will address the following questions:  

  1. What are examples of model programs on MSI campuses that have demonstrated strong evidence of success in producing quality STEM graduates, including those models that involve partnerships with other local institutions of higher education, the private sector, or government agencies, and those that model exemplary curricula and lab experiences? 

  2. What are the key challenges, obstacles, and opportunities facing MSIs as they continue to produce scientists, engineers and health care providers who are prepared for success in the 21st Century workplace?  In particular, what challenges are unique to MSIs (e.g., as a consequence of the demographics of the students they serve, their history of support and funding), and how are these institutions working to address those challenges?

  3. What are the key institutional components for scalability and sustainability of model programs, which may include invested leadership, durable infrastructure, or secure partnerships, and how are they promoting student success?

  4. What public policy interventions are needed to support and sustain efforts on MSI campuses? Which public policy interventions may inhibit these efforts?
For any questions or comments regarding this study, please contact the Study Director, Leigh Jackson (

Meetings & Events

Meeting 1
April 10-11, 2017
Washington, DC
Keck Center
Opening Remarks

Meeting 2
June 19, 2017
Virtual Meeting

Meeting 3

July 17-18, 2017
Washington, DC
View AGENDA here
Click here to view our July 17 Open Session Webcast

Meeting 4
September 20-21, 2017
Irvine, CA

Meeting 5
November 14, 2017
Virtual Meeting

Meeting 6
January 9-10, 2018
Washington, DC

Meeting 7
February 20, 2018
Virtual Meeting

Meeting 8
August 28, 2018
Virtual Meeting


Report highlights and the full Consensus Study are available for download here

Committee Members

Kent McGuire, PhD. Co-Chair
Program Director
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Lorelle L. Espinosa, PhD. Co-Chair
Assistant Vice President
American Council on Education’s (ACE)
Center for Policy Research and Strategy

Jim Bertin 
Chief Dull Knife College

Anthony Carpi, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Dean of Research
John Jay College

Aprille Ericsson, Ph.D.
New Business Lead
Instrument Systems and Technology Division
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Lamont Hames
President & CEO
LMH Strategies, Inc

Wesley L. Harris, Ph.D. (NAE)
Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eve J. Higginbotham, M.D., S.M.
Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

William Spriggs, Ph.D. 
Chief Economist

Victor K. Tam, Ph.D.
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Santa Rosa Junior College

Cristina Villalobos, Ph.D
Professor, School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences
Founding Director, Center for Excellence in STEM Education
University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (Pembina Chippewa) (NAM)
Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry
Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center

James T. Minor
Senior Strategist for Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence
California State University

Leo S. Morales, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Health Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine
University of Washington

Anne-Marie Nuñez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Program
Department of Educational Studies
Ohio State University

Clifton Poodry, Ph.D.
Senior Science Education Fellow
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.
President Emerita of Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU)

Lance Shipman Young, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor,Department of Chemistry
Morehouse College


Helmsley Trust
The Sloan Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
The ECMC Foundation
The Kellogg Foundation