Princeton-HBCU/MSI Partnerships

Princeton University academic and administrative departments and/or individual faculty members are actively engaged or interested in collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Collaborations may help to build networks that expand representation of Black and other people of color in academic and administrative pipelines at Princeton and elsewhere; create student exchanges; and/or promote scholarly interactions. The University‚Äôs commitment to racial equity and anti-racism requires recognition of HBCUs and other MSIs important role in supporting student success and scholarly excellence as well as the ways these sister institutions have been inequitably resourced historically. 

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (IED) supports Princeton administrative offices and academic departments in identifying and enabling meaningful, sustainable, reciprocal partnerships with HBCUs and MSIs.  In order to avoid uncoordinated outreach, before contacting an HBCU/MSI interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult Kevin Hudson, associate director of diversity and college opportunity. Additionally, Kevin Hudson is the point of contact for HBCU and MSI community members seeking to learn more about opportunities for partnership with the Princeton community.

Defining Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Minority serving institutions (MSIs) are a vital part of U.S. higher education, providing access to college for millions of students of color, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds and are the first in their family to attend college. In the fall of 2016, these institutions collectively enrolled over 5 million undergraduate and graduate students and numbered over 700. Of this number, almost half (45.3 percent) were public two-year institutions. There are seven categories of MSI as defined by Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Categories of MSIs