Minority Serving Institutions Initiative
What is the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Initiative?
The mission of the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) initiative is to develop and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the natural gas and oil industry by providing API’s 700+ standards catalog to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions. Providing free access to our library of world class standards for oil and gas equipment, processes and systems allows these institutions to introduce their students to practical knowledge and industry standards that will be immediately applicable in their future careers. Because API standards are widely used by our industry globally to ensure health, safety and environmental protection, and advance sustainability, students will benefit significantly by increasing their familiarity and understanding of the standards themselves, as well as the development process.
Nearly 54% of the 1.9 million job opportunities expected to be created over the next two decades in the natural gas, oil and petrochemical industry are projected to be filled by people of color, according to a recent study prepared for API by IHS Global. The MSI initiative reflects the commitment by API and the industry to help people of color thrive in professional careers.
The initiative welcomes Fort Valley State, Grambling State University, New Mexico State, Prairie View A&M University, San Jacinto College, Southern University and the University of Hawaii as participating institutions.
If you would like to learn more about the initiative or have a connection with a qualified institution, contact API’s Scott Garten for more information.