Book cover, finalWe’re pleased to announce that our new co-edited book on Latino males in higher education has been released as of January 2016. Co-edited by Dr. Victor B. Saenz (Executive Director, Project MALES), Dr. Luis Ponjuan (Co-founder, Project MALES), and Dr. Julie L. Figueroa (Project MALES Faculty Affiliate), with a Foreword by Dr. William Serrata (Co-founder, Project MALES), the book is titled “Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education: A National Imperative” (Stylus Publishing). Through the contributions of emerging scholars and seasoned practitioners, we share new research on factors that inhibit or promote Latino male student success at 4-year institutions, community colleges, and secondary institutions in order to inform both policy and practice across the education continuum. The chapters within this edited book on Latino males collectively represent a timely and necessary contribution to this urgent national conversation on men of color in education.

The co-editors have also designed this book as a primer for policy makers at the national, state, and local levels as well as scholars in higher education. This book is also designed for anyone who wants to better understand the various issues related to Latino male access and degree attainment and also wants to work toward addressing the growing gender gap by learning from the most recent and relevant research on Latino males in education. Finally, the book is beneficial to community leaders and activists who want a comprehensive discussion about the challenges Latino male students face in schools and how they can work proactively to overcome those challenges. We hope this book inspires more dialogue, understanding, and transformative action.

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Jorge EL ProfeFor the second year, Project MALES is offering its undergraduate mentors at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) the opportunity to enroll in Impacting Males through Mentoring (IMM) the continuation for our Instructing Males through Peer Advising Course tracks (IMPACT) offered in the fall. IMM meets once a week and is co-instructed by Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Campos and the mentoring team. The course objectives are to enhance college student engagement and academic achievement by offering active and experiential learning opportunities through near peer advising within the Austin Independent School District partner schools. IMM emphasizes active learning in different environments, enables students to see and experience the relationship between theory and practice, and provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations. Students in the course also have an opportunity to join the Project MALES Student Organization as a way to stay connected and involved on campus, and within the local UT-Austin community. noon class 2016

This semester, the course will provide students the opportunity to continue working with young middle and high school males of color. The mentoring will revolve around discussions on college pathways (e.g., 2 and 4-year institutions) and the importance of learning the necessary soft-skills that will make mentees successful students. In addition, new class topics include, the plight of Latino students in higher education, frameworks used to explain the Latino/a achievement gap, undocumented students in higher educations, to name a few.

This spring, undergraduate mentors will have the opportunity to continue mentoring at Webb Middle School, Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy, Travis High School, Reagan High School, and Lanier High School. In addition, undergraduate mentors will also have the opportunity to begin mentoring at Martin and Mendez Middle Schools. Project MALES looks forward to a successful semester and a great year for all.



New Research Brief From PM Faculty Affiliate Highlights How Latino Males Cope With Academic and Social Obstacles During College

January 29, 2016

This week we would like to highlight the work of Dr. Sarah Rodriguez, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. Dr, Rodriguez’s explored the academic and social obstacles that first and second generation Latino male college students encountered within a predominantly White, research intensive, and highly selective institution and examined how these students coped with those obstacles. Using […]

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Project MALES Welcomes New Intern for the Spring Semester

January 28, 2016

Over the years Project MALES has been fortunate to have graduate students come to be a part of our mentoring and research projects. This semester we are excited to welcome Daniel Ibarra, first-year master’s student in the Texas State Student Affairs in Higher Education program to our PM team. We asked Daniel to share a little bit […]

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Project MALES Faculty Affiliates to Serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

January 11, 2016

The Project MALES Faculty and Research Program is excited to announce that Dr. Taryn Allen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, at the University of Texas in Arlington and Dr. Deryl Hatch, Assistant Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska- […]

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Project MALES Receives Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation Grant

January 7, 2016

We are proud to announce that Project MALES has received $16,000 in grant money from the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation. The purpose of the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation is to fund organizations that operate social change programs for the benefit of constituencies that have historically been denied access to social influence, economic power […]

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Bishop speaks as part of Project MALES Platica Series

November 18, 2015

Octavious Bishop was our final Project MALES Platica speaker for fall 2015 (Wednesday, November 18th). Octavious received a football scholarship in 1994 to the University Texas at Austin where he lettered four years and started three years on an offensive line that blocked for Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams. He was an All Big 12 […]

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Project MALES Participates in Town Hall Meeting Hosted by Austin Independent School District (AISD)

November 9, 2015

On Saturday, November 7th about ten Project MALES mentors and mentoring staff participated in AISD’s first town hall meeting, at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. This meeting brought together middle and high school male students of color representing various schools within AISD. The meeting was organized by AISD leaders who are considering creating a “Young […]

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Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Meet at the Association for the Study of Higher Education 2015

November 6, 2015

The Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Program hosted its members during a breakfast meeting at this year’s Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Denver, Colorado. The goal of the Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Program is to raise the visibility of our affiliates’ research on young males of color by […]

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New research brief from PM Affiliate highlights Latino masculinities in College

October 30, 2015

This week we would like to highlight the work of Dr. Nolan Cabrera, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Cabrera explores the intersection of being Latino and being male and its relationship to educational achievement, within the context of Arizona and anti-Latina/o policies. The qualitative study referenced in this brief is from eight […]

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