20160615_123533Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) – an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT-Austin PM Summer Academy, 2016, daniel and vincent– hosted the inaugural Project MALES Summer Academy on June 15-17, 2016. The three-day Summer Academy was open to young men from four Austin ISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb). The first two days were held at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and the third day was held on the campus of UT-Austin.

The Project MALES Summer Academy featured three days of workshops and sessions that focused on building leadership skills, communication skills, and creative activities. Our focus on middle school boys is a key goal of our broader efforts focused on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for young males of color in the Central Texas region.

Highlights from our Summer Academy include:

  • A day of workshops on Leadership Development, Brotherhood, and College and Career Readiness.
  • Workshops on Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Teatro.
  • UT-Austin campus tour were students explored buildings and museums, visited laboratories, meet with University faculty and staff, and had lunch at Jester Cafeteria (UT residence hall).



Emmet myStatesman Op-Ed Pic

If you’re a parent or teacher, you’re probably familiar with the dreaded “summer brain drain.” Decades of research confirm that summer learning loss is a real phenomenon, particularly for low-income students

According to data from the National Equity Atlas, students of color in the largest 100 cities in the United States are much more likely to attend schools with large concentrations of poverty. This is a serious problem because these schools commonly lack the resources that are critical to a child’s success, such as experienced teachers, better student-teacher ratios and summer programs. How can we expect these students to compete with their counterparts in wealthier schools when they aren’t getting the same quality education — not only throughout the academic year, but in the summer?

To address the lack of summer resources and programming, Project MALES will launch its inaugural Summer Academy this month from June 15 to 17, offering three full days of academic enrichment activities to students in Austin ISD schools. The academy will be held at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy, where workshop leaders will address various themes focused on leadership, brotherhood and college and career readiness. The camp will also incorporate a rich curriculum of reading, writing, spoken word, theater arts and more. read full story here.

Dr. Campos Featured in a Story About Our Upcoming Project MALES Summer Academy

June 14, 2016

Dr. Emmet Campos, Director of Project MALES talks to KWAN, Chanel 36 about the work Project MALES is doing with male students of color in central Texas and our upcoming Project MALES Summer Academy, kicking off tomorrow at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Read the full story here.

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Update On The Project MALES Inaugural Summer Academy

June 9, 2016

Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) — an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT-Austin – is hosting the inaugural Project MALES Summer Academy (June 15-17, 2016). The three-day Summer Academy is open to young men from four Austin ISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb). The […]

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PM Would Like To Congratulate PM Faculty Affiliate Dr. Julie L. Figueroa

June 6, 2016

Project MALES would like to congratulate Project MALES Faculty Affiliate Dr. Julie Lopéz Figueroa for recently being promoted to full professor. Dr. Figueroa is a professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Ethnic Studies.  Additionally, Dr. Figueroa holds faculty affiliation with the Doctoral Educational Leadership Program at Sacramento State. Dr. Figueroa is recognized as […]

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New Research Brief From PM Faculty Affiliate Highlights the Lived Experiences of Latino Male Faculty Members

June 1, 2016

This week we would like to highlight the work of Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr., Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Cristobal Salinas conducted a phenomenological study to begin to fill the gap in research as it relates to the lived experiences of how Latino male faculty members make meaning of their socialization into the […]

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Dr. Sáenz and Project MALES Affiliates Visit the White House

May 19, 2016

On May 16th and 17th Dr. Victor Sáenz, Executive Director of Project MALES and Project MALES Faculty Affiliates, Dr. Nolan Cabrera, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and Dr. David Perez II, Assistant Professor at Miami University, Ohio were invited to the White House to join the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of […]

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PM Hosts Annual End of Year Event to Celebrate Student Mentors

May 12, 2016

On Friday, May 6th Project MALES celebrated the end of a successful semester by hosting its annual End of Year Celebration. The event was attended by PM staff, student mentors, and UT community supporters. During the event Dr. Saenz and staff recognized our graduating seniors and general mentors for their dedication to working with male […]

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New Article by PM Affiliates Highlights the Experiences of Black and Latino Men Transitioning to Community College

May 9, 2016

Our Project MALES faculty affiliates Dr. Beth Bukoski and Dr. Deryl Hatch have recently published the article “We’re Still Here … We’re Not Giving Up”: Black and Latino Men’s Narratives of Transition to Community College. Their study examined masculinity in a manner commensurate with established feminist frameworks to deconstruct a patriarchal system that ill-serves both men […]

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Project MALES Participates in the 5th Annual Cultural Studies in Education Conference at UT Austin

April 29, 2016

On Saturday April 23, 2016 Project MALES staff members José Del Real Viramontes, Juan Lopez, Jorge Segovia, and student mentor Erick Campos participated in the 5th Annual Cultural Studies in Education (CSE) Conference, hosted by the Cultural Studies in Education program and the Cultural Studies in Education Student Graduate Council, at The University of Texas […]

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Dr. Saenz and Mentor Brenda Carrillo Featured in a Recent Story by The Atlantic

April 26, 2016

Dr. Saenz and Brenda Carrillo were featured in a recent story by The Atlantic were they share how Project MALES and the mentoring it provides, is supporting college aspiration for Latino males in Central Texas. Read the full story here.

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PM Receives Two Tower Awards Recognizing Their Work at UT and in the Community

April 21, 2016

Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) has received two Tower Awards-the Bright Future Award (for the 2nd year in a row) for mentoring middle and high school male students of color in the Austin community and the Outstanding Community Based Learning Course for the LA 113 P: Impacting Males through Mentoring course through […]

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Excelencia in Education & DDCE host Webinar on Latino Males in Higher Education

April 1, 2016

Excelencia in Education, in partnership with DDCE at the University of Texas at Austin, convened a group of national leaders on April 20, 2016 to discuss not only what they know, but what can be done to accelerate the success of Latino males in higher education. Speakers on this webinar included Sarita Brown and Deborah […]

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Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda Caps Off PM Spring 2016 Plática Series

March 16, 2016

On Thursday April 14th, Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda, Founder and Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies Center (Also known as El Centro) and History Professor at Austin Community College Riverside, capped off our Spring 2016 Plática Series. Dr. Diaz-Miranda is responsible for running the Latino/Latin American Studies Center. The center is an inter-disciplinary, college-wide Center supporting […]

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuan Publish New Brief Highlighting the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

March 10, 2016

The educational challenges for male students of color are materially different in the K–12 sector as compared to postsecondary education, but there is no denying the good sense in considering cross-sector perspectives in diagnosing the structural  challenges that affect males of color across the educational pipeline. The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color—headquartered […]

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San Antonio College Hosts Build Your Future: A Conference for Young Men

February 21, 2016

San Antonio College hosted Build Your Future: A Conference for Young Men on Friday, February 12 on the SAC campus. Presented in partnership with Communities In Schools San Antonio, the Diplomás project, and My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio, Build Your Future focused on providing 150 high school juniors and seniors with tools and information to […]

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Project MALES Affiliate Launches New Latin@ Education Research Hub

February 1, 2016

Drawing from a spatial justice framework and under the direction of Dr. Juan Carrillo, UNC-CH’s School of Education has launched the Latin@ Education Research Hub (LERH). The hub is organized around three core areas: public pedagogy, university-community/school partnerships, and critical Latin@ education research. LERH has a local, state and national focus, seeking to provide a […]

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