Saenz and Ponjuan, white house visit, Feb 2015

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Dr. Victor Sáenz and Dr. Luis Ponjuán visited the White House for the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge National Convening. This event took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán joined the convening as speakers in a discussion series sharing their experiences and insights regarding their work through Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Males Students of Color. The discussion series brought together approximately 200 representatives from various communities. Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color are 100% in support of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

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Travis S15

 

For the third year in a row, Project MALES is mentoring at William B. Travis High School (Travis). This year the mentoring site coordinator at Travis H.S. is Juan Lopez, a first year master’s student in the education department with a specialization in College and University Student Personnel Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Working along with Juan are eight mentors: Arlina Garcia, Toby Ramirez, Jacob Campos, Jonathan Espinoza, Fidel Deaquino, Lidia Salazar, Nalisia Greenleaf, and Pablo Rivera. Enrique Reyes, a work-study will be in charge of facilitating the weekly mentoring discussions and activities along with the other mentors.

During the first week of mentoring at Travis, mentees were introduced to the Project MALES mentoring program through icebreakers and introductions of mentors. Students also received a Project MALES packet, which included information regarding the mentoring program, our most recent newsletter, and a student survey to help in the pairing of mentors and mentees.

So far mentoring at Travis is off to a great start this semester. Stay tuned next week as we profile Reagan High School.

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Project MALES Holds Third Annual Spring Retreat on MLK Holiday

January 26, 2015

For the 3rd year in a row, Project MALES dedicated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a day of service to honor his legacy. On Monday, January 19th, our mentors and work-study students kicked off mentoring activities for the spring semester with a retreat. Mentors and work-study students participated in a variety of activities. They divided […]

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Project MALES Mentoring Program is Looking Forward to a Great 2015

January 14, 2015

Project MALES is starting 2015 right where we left off! This year the Project MALES mentoring program is extending its partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) by adding one more mentoring site. Starting in the spring semester, Project MALES will begin mentoring at Webb Middle School. In addition, our mentors and work-study students […]

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Project MALES Fall Recap and End-of-Year Celebration

December 16, 2014

Project MALES ended the fall 2014 semester on a positive note. On the mentoring side, we renewed our partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD) by continuing its standing relationship with Lanier, Reagan, and Travis High Schools as well as initiating conversations with other local schools for possible future collaborations. In addition, this semester we […]

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Project MALES Kicks Off Mentoring For the 2014-2015 Academic School Year

November 15, 2014

Our new partnership with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) kicked off this week at our three sites, Lanier, Reagan, and Travis High Schools. Our kick off week activities included a pizza party where about 25 of our UT graduate and undergraduate students, including mentoring staff and student mentors, introduced Project MALES to our high […]

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New Service Learning Course Already Having a Positive Impact on our Project MALES Undergraduate Mentors

October 20, 2014

  This academic year Project MALES launched Instructing Males through Peer Advising College Tracks (IMPACT), a new service-learning course offered through the College of Liberal Arts. The course meets once a week, co-instructed by Dr. Sáenz, Dr. Romo and the mentoring team. The course objectives are to enhance college student engagement and academic achievement by […]

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Dr. Sáenz to be Honored by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

October 16, 2014

Dr. Victor Sáenz, Project MALES and Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color Executive Director, has been named a 2014 honoree of the Inaugural Education Advocate of the Year from the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce on October 21, 2014. The award recognizes Saenz’s positive impact to the field of education at the local […]

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with President Obama and Vice President Biden

October 3, 2014

On Monday September 22, 2014 Dr. Victor Sáenz and Dr. Luis Ponjuán joined a select group of individuals at Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Biden’s home in Washington D.C. The dinner was in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. It was an invite only event that convened some of the most important Latino leaders in […]

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Con Mi MADRE recognized among most effective in nation at increasing Latino student success in college

October 2, 2014

Our community partner, Con Mi MADRE, was recognized as a finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increases academic achievement for Latino students.  Con Mi MADRE was selected from among 217 competitors from 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as one of 14 Finalists for the 2014 Examples of […]

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