Project
Path to Becoming a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) & Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
Description
Our project will improve understanding of populations of both learners and staff for The School of Health Professions to earn HSI and MSI designation and access additional resources from the State of Texas to improve student learning opportunities.
MSI Focus
4-Year Institution
Health Professions
Texas
Mentalla El-Sharkawi
Program Manager
Daniel Gonzalez, Jr.
Senior Instructional Designer
Paolo Mangahas
Director, Education & Training
Tricia Robinson
Director, Graduate Medical Education
Mary Sizemore
Director of Faculty Development and QEP
Diane Bodurka
Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Evidence

Evidence-based practices employed for this project include:

Feedback from students to help enhance their learning experience at the School of Health Professions.

Review and disaggregate student demographics to identify most pressing gaps prevalent at the School of Health Professions.

Goal

Our project will improve understanding of populations of both learners and staff for The School of Health Professions to earn Department of Education HSI and MSI designation and access additional resources provided by the State of Texas to improve student learning opportunities. We hope to partner with a peer advisory network of new and seasoned leaders who address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the institution and programs.

Lessons Learned

Lessons learned during implementation of this project include:
- DEI changes in Texas state law
- Change in leadership at The School of Health Professions
- Competing priorities for fellowship team and leadership at The School of Health Professions
- Concerns about maintaining HSI/MSI status
- Need a better plan to socialize the idea
- Open conversations about DEI focuses and impacts at the school