Who We Are

The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) envisions a transformational partnership to promote advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The MS-CC focuses on building a trusted community among institutions to advance the following efforts:


Expanding cyberinfrastructure within and across minority serving institutions will enable discovery and scholarship by faculty and staff in these institutions -- expanding the pool of researchers able to leverage computing and data resources. As well, minority serving institutions face cyberinfrastructure constraints that are a product of historical resource constraints. Solutions have the potential to be a leapfrog over settings where there is an embedded cyberinfrastructure. In this regard, there is a potential for innovations to emerge -- where the resource constraints might be seen to some degree as a “feature,” rather than a “bug.”


When minority serving institutions are better able to accomplish together what they can’t do separately relative to cyberinfrastructure, three broader impacts can be anticipated.

First, a community of practice will be able to speak in a coordinated way with government agencies, industry representatives, and other key stakeholders in society.

Second, the capacity of these minority serving institutions (HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and MSIs) to expand minority talent in the cyberinfrastructure workforce will expand.

Third, research questions relevant to the communities where minority serving institutions are located will benefit from access to advanced computing and data resources in ways that might not otherwise be advanced.

There is not a robust history of collaboration among the minority serving institutions, so the work of the MS-CC involves positive changes in the culture within this community.


The MS-CC emerged from an NSF-funded pilot project that was awarded through Clemson University, NSF OAC #1659297 - “CC* Cyber Team: Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment for Diverse Research, Scholarship, and Workforce Development (CI Empower).

This included South Carolina State, Claflin University, Jackson State, and Morgan State Universities, which supported MS-CC meetings, visioning, and chartering efforts.

A working group of 20 attendees formed from our workshop at Georgia Tech in June 2018, and created an MS-CC Chartering document. This charter represents a tangible first step in the community-building process.

Recent News

5 Reasons to Attend the MS-CC’s IT for Research and Cybersecurity Workshops in 2023

The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) and Internet2 are excited to continue our series of IT for research and cybersecurity workshops on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in 2023.

These free, hands-on workshops are designed to equip campus leaders with information, tools, and resources that support improving their institution’s IT for research and cybersecurity posture.

2022: The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium’s Year in Review

The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) had an incredible year in 2022 as we advanced cyberinfrastructure (IT for research) capabilities at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and the broader community of minority-serving institutions (MSIs). MS-CC is a thriving and growing community, and we are glad to share some accomplishments from this past year.

Updated MS-CC Charter

This communication was sent to the MS-CC mailing list on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Dear MS-CC Colleagues and Community:

As our community outreach efforts continue to expand, the MS-CC Leadership Council (CLC) recently reviewed and made amendments to the MS-CC Charter that reflect what we’ve learned this past year through these engagements.

New Scholarship Offers Opportunity for Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium Participants to Engage with IT Peers at TechEX

It has been an exciting, yet busy fall season for the Minority Serving- Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) as we participated in multiple community engagement opportunities. We are heading to our final stop this year, and are looking forward to participating in the 2022 Internet2 Technology Exchange (TechEX) in Denver, Colorado, from Dec. 5-9.

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Democratizing Science Through Advanced Cyberinfrastructure: Q&A with Manish Parashar, Director of the National Science Foundation's Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Addressing equity is critical to democratizing science in the 21st century, and in this Q&A published in Science Matters, the OAC director Manish Prashar explains what advanced cyberinfrastructure entails; challenges and opportunities for broadening participation in science and engineering through cyberinfrastructure; and gives examples of NSF programs and initiatives working on addressing these challenges. Prashsar also cites the NSF-funded work of the MS-CC and Internet2, in collaboration with AIHEC, to improve cyberinfrastructure at HBCUs, TCUs, and the broader MSI community. Read the full story.

Building Tech Connections Featuring Dr. Deborah Dent with Jackson State University

Lawrence Williams, program director of the Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium at Internet2, interviewed Dr. Deborah Dent, CIO of Jackson State University. They break down what campus cyberinfrastructure entails, and discuss how Jackson State University supports its students, faculty, and staff with cyberinfrastructure capabilities. They also discuss the upcoming MS-CC cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity workshop on Nov. 1-2 at Jackson State University. Watch the interview on YouTube!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022: Seeing Yourself in Cyber with the MS-CC

The MS-CC approaches cyberinfrastructure holistically. Having the right technology and tools is one aspect of cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity, but the people aspect is an equally important factor. Training and retaining your IT workforce is part of what contributes to the success of cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity.

MS-CC Gearing Up for Fall 2022 Events, Workshops, and Public Engagements

We’re looking forward to participating in upcoming engagement opportunities these next few months to discuss the work of the Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) to promote advanced cyberinfrastructure capabilities on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

MS-CC Awarded Nearly $15 Million NSF Grant to Fund Cyberinfrastructure Investments, Research Facilitation Support

The Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) and Internet2 have been awarded a nearly $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the acceleration of cyberinfrastructure-centric research capacity at HBCU and TCU campuses.

Leveling the Cyberinfrastructure Playing Field Focus of Upcoming MS-CC Presentation at 2022 National HBCU Week Conference

On Sept. 22, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. ET, MS-CC Director Lawrence Williams will deliver a presentation focused on supporting historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the advancement of campus technology, community building, funding support, and professional development opportunities.

Building Tech Connections Featuring Al Anderson with Salish Kootenai College

Lawrence Williams, program director of the MS-CC, interviewed Al Anderson, CIO of Salish Kootenai College. They discussed the unique needs at Tribal colleges and universities for cyberinfrastructure (CI) and cloud services, and the upcoming CI workshop on August 17 and 18 at Salish Kootenai College. Watch the interview on YouTube!

MS-CC and Internet2 Present Cybersecurity Workshop Series for HBCUs, TCUs

A series of ransomware security and cyberinfrastructure workshops will be held on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) beginning in June 2022.

We share the top five reasons you should join us for the ransomware security and cyberinfrastructure workshop in 2022. The first cybersecurity workshop will take place June 22-23, 2022, on the North Carolina A&T State University campus in Greensboro, NC. We’ll be announcing dates for additional workshops throughout the remainder of 2022 at Alabama A&M University, Claflin University, Salish Kootenai College, and Jackson State University.

Read the latest blog by MS-CC Director Lawrence Williams on what advanced cyberinfrastructure entails, and more importantly, why every campus needs to have advanced cyberinfrastructure.

Williams will lead program activities for the Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium’s National Science Foundation-funded Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Pilot in partnership with Internet2.