Minority Serving Institutions Program

USAID MSI Program Overview

The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) promotes development, peace, stability, and poverty reduction by fostering economic growth, environmental and agricultural growth and sustainability, protecting human health, providing emergency humanitarian assistance, and enhancing democracy in developing countries.

This is accomplished by enlisting the full range of America's public and private capabilities and resources including U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).

A mutually responsive and supportive partnership between USAID and the U.S. higher education community is vital to achieve broad global development objectives and MSIs are uniquely well-positioned to partner with USAID. USAID and its partners have a long history of working with HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and AANAPISIs in critical U.S. foreign and humanitarian assistance areas. In developing countries, MSIs have brought the same passion and vision that propels them in their work with indigenous and underrepresented communities in the U.S.

The USAID MSI Program's mission is to facilitate an environment where U.S. MSIs become USAID partners by successfully competing for USAID awards and by engaging in U.S. foreign assistance activities. The USAID MSI Program provides support to minority-serving U.S. higher education institutions interested in USAID programs and activities and promotes the interests, capabilities, and experience of MSIs within USAID.

Point of Contact:

John Watson
Phone: 202-567-4975
Email: johwatson@usaid.gov


USAID Business Forecast
USAID University Engagement - USAID University Engagement 
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 
President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities 
HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
NAFEO - National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
AIHEC - American Indian Higher Education Consortium





Executive Order 13592 (pdf) - Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, December 2, 2011
Executive Order 13532 (pdf) - Promoting Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 26, 2010
Executive Order 13336 (pdf) - American Indian and Alaska Native Education, October 19, 2010
Executive Order 13555 (pdf) - White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, October 19, 2010
Executive Order 13515 (pdf) - Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs, October, 19, 2009
Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (pdf) - Higher Education Opportunity Act, August 2008