Rackham Minority Serving Institutions Coffee Chat Series

The coffee chat series will serve as a space for scholars and practitioners to share ideas, best practices, and other resources related to R1 and Minority Serving Institutions relationships and mechanisms of support for students that transition from MSIs into R1 for graduate and professional education. The series will highlight examples from U-M, exemplars from across the country, and scholars and practitioners that explore and implement practices that foster positive experiences and outcomes for students from MSIs.

This series is primarily intended for faculty and staff that have existing relationships with MSIs, or for those who do not but are interested in forming relationships, as well as graduate students who have interest in this topic.

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Mike Hoa Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Denver

This talk shares the journey of establishing Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), the federal government’s most recent Minority-Serving Institution designated to serve Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Current descriptive and demographic data will be shared, charting the 14-year growth of AANAPISIs within our postsecondary education system. In doing so, a more accurate portrait of AAPI students will be presented to emphasize the complexity of their educational experiences.    


Mike Hoa Nguyen is assistant professor at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education and faculty affiliate at the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). His research examines the benefits and consequences of public policy instruments in expanding or constraining the operations of colleges and universities, with a specific focus on federal diversity initiatives. In addition to his academic work, Nguyen has extensive professional experience with federal policy, having served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress. Nguyen currently serves as a Commissioner on the Denver Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission, a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and continues to volunteer and provide research consulting for education and civil rights organizations. Most recently, he was a lead author on an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 678 social scientists in SFFA vs. Harvard; which was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in their opinion. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and his graduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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