About Minority Access, Inc.

Minority Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity, decreasing disparities and reducing incidences of environmental injustices. Our mission is to assist colleges and universities, the Federal Government and agencies of other governments and corporations of all kinds in implementing programs and providing services to recruit, enhance and retain underserved and underrepresented populations. Minority Access has received national acclaim for its successful track record in advancing educational, research and employment opportunities through the National Role Models Project, National Role Models Conference, student internship programs, college readiness and access programs, and other enriching programs.

Minority Access was initially incorporated in January 1995 in Washington, DC and later moved its headquarters to its own stately building in Hyattsville, Maryland, a building which has been designated an historic landmark. Andrea D. Mickle, a former university administrator and education association administrator, is President and CEO of Minority Access. Dr. Samuel L. Myers, former education association president, former college president and an internationally renowned educator, is Chairman of and Senior Education Advisor to Minority Access, Inc.

By establishing a successful track record in implementing programs to improve the diversity in higher education, and the professional and managerial employment of minorities, Minority Access has built a constituency of colleges and universities as diverse as the faces of America. Through its cooperative agreement with the US Department of health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Minority Access has forged partnerships among 170 diverse institutions. Representative of professional schools, major research universities, prestigious small colleges and leading community colleges have all coalesced under the leadership of Minority Access to share experiences and strategies for recruiting, retaining, enhancing and graduating minority researchers.

Minority Access' success in effecting interaction and mutual exchange among diverse types of minority serving institutions has not gone unnoticed by those committed to diversity. Many Federal agencies have participated in the Minority Access Internship Program in which students are paid while gaining professional and research experiences.

Although Minority Access takes great pride in providing a venue that is one of the most prestigious of its kind, the National Role Models Conference, for publicizing and honoring role models, we believe that our success in identifying and recognizing high achievers, with the assistance of our network of colleges and universities, has a broad impact. By expanding the pool of research and technology talent from underrepresented groups, we contribute to the strength of the nation.

The National Role Model Project has serendipitously helped colleges and universities in other ways: increased competitiveness in proposal writing resulting from direct interaction with funders at the National Role Models Conference; enhanced student recruitment of the best and brightest students from a diverse pool; and increased loyalty of heretofore unrecognized alumni.

A logical extension of its activities, Minority Access honors at its national conference institutions committed to diversity. We publish model diversity plans for others to emulate. We provide the opportunity for representatives from our Premier Associate institutions to travel to foreign countries including China and Brazil to observe firsthand diversity practices. We contemplate expanding these venues in future years.

Institutions That Have Signed to Cooperate with Minority Access, Inc.


Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University
Albany State University
Alverno College
American River College
Arcadia University
Atlantic Union College
Auburn University
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Ball State University
Benedict College
Bennett College
Black Hawk College
Black Hills State University
Brandeis University
Brevard Community College
Brookhaven College
Brown University
Burlington County College
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California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Central Connecticut State University
Chaffey Community College
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Chicago State University
City University of New York, Graduate Center
Clark Atlanta University
Cleveland State University
College of Charleston
Columbus State University
Community College of Philadelphia
Concordia College
Cuyahoga Community College
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Danville Community College
Darton College
Daytona Beach Community College
Delgado Community College
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East Carolina University
East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine
El Paso Community College
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Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fisk University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fontbonne College
Fort Valley State University
Fresno City College
Fullerton College
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Gadsden State Community College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Southwestern State University
Guilford College
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Hampton University
Harvard University
Houston Community College System
Hudson County Community College
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Inter American University of Puerto Rico San German Campus
Iowa State University
Ivy Tech State College-Northwest
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Jefferson Davis Community College
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Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
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LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York
Lane College
Lansing Community College
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
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Malcolm X College
Maricopa Community College
Medgar Evers College/City University of New York
Medical University of South Carolina
Merritt College
Mississippi University for Women
Montana State University - Billings
Montclair State University
Montgomery College
Montgomery College of Takoma Park
Morgan State University
Morris College
Mount Olive College
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New Mexico Highlands University
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
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Oakland University
Oakwood College
Ohio Dominican College
Oregon State University
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Pace University
Pima Community College
Pima Community College, West Campus
Point Park College
Pomona College
Ponce School of Medicine
Purdue University Calumet
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Rice University
Rockland Community College
Rutgers University at New Brunswick
Rutgers University, Camden Campus
Rutgers University, Newark Campus
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Sacramento City College
Saint Paul's College
Saint Peters College
Salish Kootenai College
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Seminole Community College
Shaw University
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Southwest Texas State University
St. Edward's University
Stanford University
State University of New York at Buffalo
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stillman College
Stony Brook University/State University of New York
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Tallahassee Community College
Temple University School of Dentistry
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
Texas Southern University
Texas Woman's University
The Johns Hopkins University
Tidewater Community College
Tougaloo College
Troy State University
Truckee Meadows Community College
Tulane University
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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Hila
University of Houston-Downtown
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas Medical Center
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Alabama - Birmingham
University of Alabama - Huntsville
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden Campus
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway Campus
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Mississippi, Main Campus
University of Missouri - Saint Louis
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of New Mexico Main Campus
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
University of Southern Colorado
University of Tennessee
University of Texas-Pan American
University of the Incarnate Word
University of Washington
University of West Florida
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Ventura College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Union University
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Wake Forest University
Walden University
Wellesley College
West Virginia University
Western Michigan University
Wiley College
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Youngstown State University
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