Social Media used as an Academic Source

social media picBy Layla Abdullah-Poulos, president, MSiA

Social Media is becoming an increasingly significant resource for students. Many reputable educational organizations like Harvard, Yale, and even our own Empire State College have social media pages like Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, students can find comments from notable scholars like Bell Hooks, Cornell West, Tim Wise, and Neil deGrasse Tyson on current events and issues. There is also the opportunity to utilize up-to-date images. Continue reading

Help Keep NY Warm – MSiA Coat Drive

Every year, thousands of New Yorkers struggle to find warmth from the cold. Bring a new or clean, gently-used coat to an Empire State College Long Island Center unit, and help make New York a little warmer this winter.

Minority Students in Action will be collecting coats for the:

New York Cares 26th Annual Coat Drive


For more information, contact us at

Members attending the End of the Term Luncheon are welcome to bring a coat with them!


MSiA Mentor Appreciation Award Nominations

Thank YouEvery term, mentors and students at SUNY Empire State College engage in enriching learning.  Mentors play a significant role in guiding students through their studies and encouraging academic success.  In recognition of the hard work and dedication of Empire’s faculty, MSiA developed the “Mentor Appreciation Award”.  Continue reading

“Circles of Powerlessness and Empowerment: Inspirations to Thought & Action” – The SUNY Empire State College Keep-Mills Residency on Ways of Knowing

The Keep-Mills Residency on Ways of Knowing is an annual residency offered to Empire State College Students.  The residency gives students an opportunity to learn in a blended environment, combining online discussions, residency collaboration, and a mentor-guided final project.

This year’s residency will afford students a chance to explore questions like:

  • What is powerlessness?
  • What is empowerment?
  • How do individuals, communities and entire societies understand its origins and respond to it?
  • How are people, as individuals and as members of groups, moved to think and act in new ways?
  • What inspires?
  • What readies us for such empowerment?
  • How can we understand powerlessness and empowerment from multiple angles — from the perspective of the psychologist, the artist, the business person, the social analyst, the educator, the historian and the community and social worker? (source:  Center for Mentoring and Learning)

For more information, read the flyer attached below:

keep mills

Join Vice President E. Reginald Pope @ the NAN/NAACP Member Appreciation Party

20140918_201900MSiA vice president E. Reginald Pope is involved with many grassroots community organizations.  In addition to his duties at the club, he also serves as Vice President of the National Action Network (NAN) – Nassau County Chapter.  Founded in 1991, NAN is a nationally renown civil rights organization. Continue reading