MINORITY SERVING -
CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (MS-CC)

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:

INTELLECTUAL MERIT

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.”

BROADER IMPACTS

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.

BACKGROUND

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

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.