2017 Featured Speakers

Friday Morning Opening Session – Keynote Address

This year’s MSI Convening features a Keynote Address during the Friday morning Opening Session by Dr. R. Michael “Mike” Flores, President of Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio. Dr. Flores serves as an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and has led many new initiatives since becoming president of Palo Alto College in 2012. Providing access for the community to education has been key since the beginning for Palo Alto College, and Dr. Flores is committed to continuing partnerships with area businesses, community organizations, and schools to achieve that goal. He continues to empower students for success through a variety of resources on campus through high impact teaching and learning practices including usage of academic advising, learning communities, new student orientation, and problem-based learning. We invite you to join us on Friday, October 20, to hear Dr. Flores speak about the challenges and opportunities for data-focused initiatives in improving success of minority students in higher education.

Panel Discussion: Research on Minority Student Success

Following the Opening Session, Dr. Flores will lead a panel discussion among leaders in minority student success efforts in higher education.


Colette Pierce-Burnette, Ed.D.
President, Huston-Tillotson University

Vincent Solis, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Laredo Community College

Naomi Story, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Asian Pacific Islander Council
Saturday Morning Plenary Address

Our Saturday morning Plenary Address will be provided by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Professor and Founder/CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC. Most recently, Dr. Strayhorn was on the faculty at The Ohio State University, where he also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE)
and Founding Director of the Center for IDEAS within the College of Education and Human Ecology. An internationally-recognized student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker,
and award-winning writer, Dr. Strayhorn is author of 10 books and over 200 book chapters and journal articles and other scholarly publications. We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 21 to hear Dr. Strayhorn share his research and expertise on improving minority student success.

MSI Large Group Discussions

On Friday afternoon attendees will convene to discuss research and issues in minority student success in each of the MSI designated communities. Expert facilitators will lead these separate sessions followed by a convergence session in Fannin Hall.


AANAPISI Discussion
May Toy Lukens

HBCU/PBI Discussion
Christopher Dowdy, Ph.D.

HSI Discussion
Rigo Rincones-Gomez. Ph.D.

TCU/NASNTI Discussion
Jack Soto
Talk to the Expert Large Group Sessions

Friday and Saturday sessions on how to evaluate programs and collect good data.


Jessica Brathwaite, Ph.D.


Jasmine Sanders