The Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) SummitStudent Development Experience

Empowering Future-Ready Digital Leaders

At the MSI Summit, students embark on a transformative journey that enhances their digital literacy and prepares them for the future. This two-day experience is designed to immerse students in a world of technological innovation and collaborative learning.

At the Alabama Office of Minority Affairs, we are committed to empowering the next generation of digital leaders through our Student Development program. This initiative is tailored to enhance digital literacy, foster hands-on technology exploration, and provide interactive learning opportunities for students.

What Students Will Do:

  • Interactive Workshops: Engage in workshops that introduce emerging technologies and critical digital skills.
  • Hands-On Exploration: Experience cutting-edge tools like VR and AR, deepening their understanding of modern technology.
  • Collaborative Projects: Work in teams on projects that challenge their creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Network with Leaders: Connect with educators, tech professionals, and fellow students, expanding their professional network.

What Students Will Gain:

  • Enhanced Digital Literacy: A deeper understanding of the digital landscape and how to navigate it effectively.
  • Practical Tech Skills: Hands-on experience with advanced technologies and digital tools.
  • Critical Thinking: Improved problem-solving and critical thinking skills through real-world applications.
  • Valuable Connections: Lasting connections with peers and professionals in the technology sector.

What is Student Digital Learning?

Student Digital Learning refers to the use of digital technology and online resources in educational settings to enhance the learning experience of students. It encompasses a range of activities, including online classes, digital course materials, interactive learning platforms, and the use of digital tools like tablets and laptops in classrooms. The focus is on leveraging technology to improve access to educational content, facilitate interactive and personalized learning, and prepare students for a digitally connected world. This approach can offer more flexible, diverse, and engaging learning experiences compared to traditional methods.

Student Engagement and Requirements

Selected students must attend all sessions and will receive coordinated travel support, stipends, and complimentary room and board. Participants are expected to room with a peer of the same gender. Ideal candidates are current students at an Alabama MSI, underrepresented in STEAM fields, and exhibit a willingness to engage actively in the Summit.

The MSI Summit's Student Development Experience is an opportunity for students to step into the role of digital pioneers and prepare for a future shaped by technology and innovation. .
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Thursday, January 25th 2024


The Google AI Lounge

…is not your typical event lounge—it’s a dynamic and interactive space where attendees can actively engage with AI professionals, experience live AI demonstrations, access valuable AI resources, and seek personalized consultations from experts. It’s a vibrant and enriching environment that aims to empower our attendees with knowledge and insights into AI’s transformative potential for minority communities and our MSI Summit’s focal areas.

The AI Nexus: Connect + Collaborate = Initiate

12:00PM – 1:00PM

AI Unveiled: Empowering Minority Communities

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Unpacking AI: Exploring the Future of Innovation

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Friday, January 26th 2024


“College & Career Pathways Panel Discussion”

Explore the journey from college to career, emphasizing degree mapping, mentorship, and networking.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Michael Curry (Eco-friendly Plastic Materials, LLC and The Color of STEM Foundation, Associate Professor at NCA&T University), Mililani Stewart (Lawson State Community College), Nicole Villavicencio-Garduño (Birmingham Southern College), Cameron Ricks (First Vice President, ServisFirst Bank)

Moderator: Dr. Calvin Briggs, The Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM


“The Digital MSI”

Discuss whether colleges are future-ready in terms of digital learning and workforce preparation.

Guest Speakers: Barry Briggs (Alabama State University), Mililani Stewart (Lawson State Community College), Lexa Sbethlana Botello Montoya (Birmingham Southern College)

Moderators: Dr. Calvin Briggs, The Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM & Dr. Samantha Briggs, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


“Career Opportunities + Being Future Ready”

Industry partners share insights on current and future job opportunities, focusing on readiness for future challenges.

Guest Speakers: Ebony Horne (AOMA MSI Talent & Workforce management), Aubrey Coleman (Microsoft Lead, International Partnerships, Airband Initiative), Andrew Albrecht (AUBix), Representatives from Google and NVIDIA, Lloyd Sirmons (Southeastern Telehealth Resource System), Ebonee Hornee (AOMA, MSI Talent & Workforce Manager), Jamil Elliott (Program Manager, Amazon)

Moderator: Mr. Carlos Torres, Programs and Community Partnerships Director – HICA


“Enhancing Campus Culture”

A discussion on creating a holistic student support framework to increase retention and graduation among diverse student populations.

Guest Speakers: Ciomara Angel (HICA), Lexa Botello Montoya (Student, BSC), Brandon Briggs (Alabama State University), Jalen Whisenhunt (Alabama A&M), Tericka Sanders (Miles College TRIO Program)

Moderator: Dr. Carlos Aleman, President, HICA

The MSI Summit's Student Development Experience is an opportunity for students to step into the role of digital pioneers and prepare for a future shaped by technology and innovation. .