The Future of Minority Studies Research Project (FMS)
was initiated in 2000 by a consortium of scholars and academic institutions
with a primary interest in minority identity, education and social
transformation. FMS is organized as a mobile “think tank” designed
to facilitate focused and productive discussions across disciplines.
These discussions focus on carefully defined questions about the
role of higher education in a multicultural democracy and the need
for an adequate conception of minority identities as the basis for
progressive social change.
One of FMS’s long-term goals is to make the humanities
departments of American colleges and universities more diverse,
and intellectually. In order to realize this goal, we ran a national summer institute from 2005 to 2010. The institute fostered collaborative research and provided a mentoring context in which minority scholars (broadly defined to include all
those whose access to social and cultural institutions is limited
by their social identities) and those interested in minority studies
can work productively and go on to occupy leadership roles in the