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Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

About the Minority Serving Institutions Program

The Minority Servicing Institutions (MSIs) Program coordinates and administers a variety of Departmental initiatives to support relationships and partnerships with institutions of higher education, and to ensure equal access to all Department of Commerce grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and programs.

MSI Measurables/End Results

  • Increase public awareness about the Department of Commerce
  • Increase public awareness about the diversity of occupations at the Department of Commerce
  • Increase MSI competition and participation in federally funded programs
  • Increase student participation in the Student Career Experience Program and other student employment programs
  • Increase diversity in the number of new hires for full time permanent positions

Executive Orders and White House Initiatives

Order Number (with link) Order Title Initiative Name Executive Director Website(s)
Executive Order 13336 "American Indian and Alaska Native Education Institutions"      
Executive Order 13555 "White House Initiative on Hispanic Serving Institutions" White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (HSIs) Andrea Ramirez (Interim) https://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/
Executive Order 13532 "President's Board of Advisors for Historically Black Colleges and Universities"

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

Johnathan Holifield



Executive Order 13270 "White House Initiatives on Tribal Colleges and Universities"      
Executive Order 13515 "Asian American/Pacific Islander Serving Institutions" White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPIs) Holly Ham https://sites.ed.gov/aapi/
Executive Order 13592 "Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities (AI/NA (TCUs)" White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education Ron Lessard (Acting) https://sites.ed.gov/whiaiane/
Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315): "Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions"