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Geography at Minority Serving Institutions

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are colleges and universities that serve a large percentage of minority students. There are several different types of MSIs and the ones included here follow US Department of Education formal designations.

The unique missions of Minority Serving Institutions present an opportunity for playing a mutually beneficial role when universities foster relationships with colleagues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.

Community Colleges as well, although not formally MSIs, can often serve as important partners for broadening participation in program trajectories because many underrepresented students begin their academic careers in community colleges.


Resources available (see sidebar)

  • List and interactive map of MSIs with geography programs
  • Guides about geography at TCUs, HBCUs and HSIs
  • Other articles about diversity in geography departments


Useful links

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Black Colleges and Universities
HBCU Careers-Online Career Resource Center for HBCUs
HBCU Library Alliance-Digital resources for HBCUs and their students
HBCU Mentor-Online resources to help with making decisions about college
SallieMae-"Black College Dollars" search engine American Scholarships
UNCF-Historically Black Colleges and Universities~Historical Overview
USDA-Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program
U.S Dept. of Education-Historically Black Colleges and Universities


Hispanic Serving Institutions
ADELANTE-U.S Education Leadership Fund
AMAE-Association of Mexican American Educators
HACU-The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic Grants-List of scholarships for Hispanic students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund-Scholarship opportunities&educational outreach programs
IBM-Resources for the Hispanic Community
NCCHC-National Community College Hispanic Council
PEW Hispanic Center-A PewResearch Center Project
Scholarships for Hispanics-More scholarships for Hispanic students
SHPE-The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Tribal Colleges

AIHEC-American Indian Higher Education Consortium
American Indian College Fund--Disburses 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian Students
BPA-Tribal Student Scholarships and Summer Internships
NIEA-National Indian Education Association
TCJ-Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education
U.S. Dept. of Education-Tribal Colleges and Universities Address List
Wildlife Society Online Mentoring Center-Program for Native Americans

See also the AAG Indigenous People's Specialty Group Brochure

Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
ACPE-Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
CANHE-Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education National Scholars Program
Hawaii Community Foundation-Grants and Scholarships
Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center-Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
MyCollegeOptions-Hawaii Scholarships
AIAA-Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships and Opportunities Scholarships
Understanding Disabilities in ANNHSIs Toolkit-National  Council on Disability

Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions

AAPIHERC-Asian American and Pacific Islander Higher Education Resource Center
APIASF-Asian&Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
-Grants for Asians
U.S. Dept of Educ
-Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institutions Program