More Latinos are attending college and earning degrees than ever before, but Latino males continue to lag behind their female peers. Latino males have the lowest high school graduation rates as well as the lowest college enrollment and completion rates of any subgroup. In 2009, more than 61% of all associate’s or bachelor’s degrees earned by Hispanics were earned by female students and this degree attainment gap is only growing wider according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).
The second annual University of Texas at Austin Latino Male Symposium will discuss solutions to this issue as part of Awareness to Action: Advancing Solutions for Men of Color in Higher Education, the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights. They symposium will be held on Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Etter Harbin Alumni Center.
The morning session will feature roundtable discussions including representatives from universities, community colleges, and community programs. Dr. Raymund Paredes, the Commissioner of Higher Education for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will deliver the keynote address at noon.
Dr. Raymund Paredes
Dr. Victor Saenz, who has organized the symposium the past two years, said, “We want institutions to use this opportunity to share their approaches and strategies with others, to discuss the unique challenges you have faced in addressing this issue, committing resources, and institutionalizing efforts towards it.”
Roundtable discussions will be led by the following individuals:
- XY Zone Program (Robert Bachicha and Marcus Luna)
- Austin Community College (Richard Armenta, Mariano Diaz-Miranda, Ray Sandoval)
- Palo Alto College (Mike Flores, Robert Garza, Joseph Vara)
- Tarrant County College (Robert Munoz, Hector Menchaca)
- South Texas College (William Serrata, Armando Ponce)
- Lone Star College (Deanne Chandler, Richard Lewis)
- San Antonio College (Robert Vela, Emma Mendiola, Fransisco Solis)
- The University of Texas San Antonio (John Kaulfus, Rachel Ruiz, Darrel Balderrama)
- Texas State University, San Marcos (Michael Nava, Dann Brown)
RSVPs are necessary to attend this event.