Rutgers CMSI Hosts The Seventh Annual ELEVATE Program!

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host its annual early-career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in New Brunswick, NJ. The three-day program will provide a new cohort of early-career MSI faculty with unique professional development and best practices for navigating challenges as an early-career faculty member. 

Facilitated by the CMSI team, senior faculty mentors, and former ELEVATE fellows with years of experiential knowledge working at or with MSIs, ELEVATE will present Fellows with a valuable opportunity to network and connect with other early-career faculty members. Speakers will discuss topics that include publishing and pedagogical techniques, how to manage service, effective mentoring practices, work-life balance, achieving tenure, and more. Each session is curated to directly address the specific needs of early-career MSI faculty.

“ELEVATE is one of my favorite programs,” said Marybeth Gasman, Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair. “We nurture each cohort’s needs and have candid conversations about academia that others aren’t often having.” 

Supported by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and hosted in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, ELEVATE encourages community building through continued learning and networking of early-career MSI faculty. ELEVATE provides a platform for collaboration that fosters meaningful partnerships across MSIs throughout the nation. The program also provides participants with the tools necessary to support faculty at their home institutions. ELEVATE is free of any registration fees to participants and covers all meals and materials.

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About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions 

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For further information about CMSI, please visit

About The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations 

Organized in 1952 under a living trust established by Mr. Arthur Vining Davis, The Foundations bear witness to Mr. Davis’ successful corporate leadership acumen and his visionary, entrepreneurial spirit in philanthropy. Since inception, the Foundations have provided philanthropy to American higher education, medicine and health care, interfaith leadership, and to public educational media for children and for historical and scientific documentaries with national distribution. Under the Foundations’ 2017-2022 strategic plan, the AVDF Board of Trustees will consider proposals aligned with two new additional philanthropic priorities: environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions; and palliative and end of life care. For more information, please visit