Call for Proposals

Richland College in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) Program is hosting a two day conference for institutions of higher education interested in improving minority student success. The focus of the conference is to convene and discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The conference will be held on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

We are seeking high-quality workshop proposals that…
  1. present evidence of how your existing programs or initiatives have improved minority student retention and academic success,
  2. describe a research design for collecting quantitative data on minority student retention and academic success, or
  3. discuss how data is used to improve or modify ongoing programs or initiatives.

We are seeking proposals from a variety of institutions and organizations (e.g., public and private; two-year and four-year; large and small) and representing a range of topics (e.g., instructional, advising, mentoring, summer bridge, special programs). Workshops will be 60 minutes in length.

Proposals can be considered for a workshop presentation or the graduate student poster session. Presentations must focus on efforts to improve minority student success.

Proposal Requirements
  • A title is required for poster and workshop proposals (150 character limit).
  • An abstract is required for poster and workshop proposals (1200 character limit).
  • The abstract must include:
    • A description of how the topic or program is implemented at your institution
    • Specific student population (i.e. Latino/a, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Native, and/or African American) being served
    • A description of research methodology, including a description of any data tools used
    • A description of your findings, including quantitative data
  • A workshop description must include (not required for poster proposals):
    • Detailed description of your data collection methods
    • Detailed description of your project or initiative (if applicable)
    • A description of your intended workshop/presentation format and how you plan to engage the audience

The conference is intended for participants to learn, engage and exchange promising research and practices that support scholarship and student success through the MSI designation. We look forward to your participation.

The 2017 Call for Proposals deadline has passed. Please visit the registration page and register to attend.Proposals will be reviewed by the MSI Convening Program Chairs

For more information or questions about your proposal, contact Dr. Jennifer Baggett at or at (972)238-6018 (Central Standard Time).