Mentor Appreciation Award Nominations for Fall ’15 Term Open

Nominations for the Fall ’15 MSiA Mentor Appreciation Award are now being accepted.  Members may nominate a primary or course mentor.  Nominations can be made by completing the online nomination form or printing a paper form and returning it to:

  • Minority Students in Action
  • P.O. Box 662
  • Mastic, NY  11950

or scanning and then emailing the form to

The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016.  Any nominations received after this date will not be considered.

For more information, contact Layla Abdullah-Poulos at or

Reminder: MSiA Meeting Today!

This is a reminder that there will be an MSiA general member meeting today

12/14/15 at 8 pm.

This meeting’s agenda includes:

  1. Welcoming New Members
  2. Update on MSiA activities (PSCR Letter Campaign)
  3. Update on the meeting with President Hancock and Provost Ntoko
  4. Spring ’16 Term Activities

Please Check your email inboxes for information on accessing the online meeting via your computer, smartphone, or tablet.  There is also telephone access:

MSiA Meeting Telephone Access Number – (571) 392-7703

Pin – 136-432-560-032

If anyone is having difficulty accessing the MSiA meeting room, email us at

We are looking forward to everyone’s participation!

Complete Course Your Evaluations!

checklist-443126_1280Every term, SUNY Empire State College students have an opportunity to complete course evaluations and let the college know about their experiences.

Students receive email(s) with a link to survey each course taken during the semester.  Questions about engagement in studies and interaction with course mentors are included, and there are sections to write about the students overall impression of the course.  You can also provide feedback on:

  • Ways to improve the course
  • Specifics about interaction with the course instructor
  • Additional comments about the course and/or SUNY Empire State College

All responses are confidential, and not participating does not affect a students standing in a course or at the college.

Take advantage of the opportunity to provide your valuable feedback!

Check your email inbox for your course evaluation(s) today!

CFP: NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education


SPECIAL ISSUE: Call for Manuscripts
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education 

Centering the Experiences of Black Undergraduate Women in College

Guest Editors: Lori D. Patton Indiana University, Natasha N. Croom, Iowa State University, & Chayla Haynes, University of Northern Colorado

Kaba (2008) asked, “Are Black American women the new model minority?” (p. 309). His question is both relevant and troubling when considering Black undergraduate women. It is relevant given that Black women consistently outpace their male counterparts in terms of degree completion; hence fueling a narrative that these women have a problem-free existence. Kaba’s question is equally troubling given numerous critiques of the model minority myth when applied to Asian and Asian American racial and ethnic groups. The narrative situates Black women as a monolithic group of “super women” who withstand, resist, and persist no matter the costs; emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. The “new model minority” myth ignores the multiple contexts that shape and influence the experiences and lives of Black undergraduate women. This myth endangers the support, advocacy, and visibility that Black undergraduate women deserve as they choose, matriculate and complete college. It also discredits the multiple ways in which they are marginalized within education and society. 

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