University of Texas at Austin                                                             Division of Diversity and Community Engagement


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 school students, at their respective school campuses. During this event mentors and mentees had the opportunity to meet each other before breaking up into their mentoring groups for the academic year. Other activities included icebreakers where mentors and mentees learned about one another, followed by an overview of the topics and activities they will be engaging in throughout the school year.



IMPACT STORY PIC 2This 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 offering active and experiential learning opportunities through near peer advising and service learning. Students enrolled in the course have already engaged in leadership trainings with emerging and established community leaders from the Central Austin area and will begin with their mentoring 
activities at Travis, Lanier, Reagan High Schools and at UT Elementary, starting the first week of November.

IMPACT emphasizes active learning in different environments, allows students to see and experience the relationship between theory and practice, and provides students with opportunity to use newly acquired knowledge and skils in real-life situations. We are midway through the semester and we have already seen the impact the course has made with our undergraduate students, here is what one of our students shared about his experience in the course so far:

“I just wanted to say that what you explained in class really stuck to me and I thought about it throughout the whole day. I had no idea that at a young age, students are already put into this “filter-like system” that determines their placing in the future. It is quite sad and unjust and shows that our nation’s school system needs adjustments. I also enjoyed how you showed the clip at the end of class. I honestly want to be a teacher after I graduate because I want Latino males to look up to me as a prime example why they can be successful, much like Mr. Escalante. The video showed exactly how his success came with the fact that he could relate to his own students. In high school, there was no male Latino I could look up to, but I want to change that for others” (Project MALES Mentor & IMPACT Student).


Throughout the semester students who are enrolled in the course will also have the opportunity to lead 
community engagement events, volunteer at various city-wide events, serve and partner with our colleagues in the Central Texas area which include the Austin 
Independent School District, and Communities in Schools, among others. We are excited to have started this new project with a positive impact on students and are looking forward to the development of the course and to bring you more stories that highlight the impact we are having with our undergraduate mentors and student mentees at our local schools.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Espinoza, Project MALES Mentor & IMPACT Student.



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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Recommendations for Policymakers: Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education

August 30, 2014

This new policy report, jointly released by seven research centers, outlines policy recommendations for improving educational experiences and outcomes for boys and men of color. Drawing from President Barack H. Obama’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper,  the report outlines numerous policies that policymakers should undertake to address systemic barriers endured at every juncture of their education. […]

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2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit Slideshow

August 11, 2014

This slideshow adequately captures the success of the 2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit.

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FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds New Commitments in Support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

July 25, 2014

On July 21st, President Obama reinforced his commitment to young men of color through My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He assured that his Administration would continue to work to build ladders of opportunity for all young people across the country. The initiative encourages the use of proven tools that expand opportunity for young people, including access […]

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Austin ISD Spotlights Their Partnership with Project MALES

July 25, 2014

Austin ISD answers White House Call to Improve Achievement of Young Men of Color through highlighting their partnership with various organizations, including Project MALES. Read the full story here.

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UT Male Leadership Summit Attracts Hundreds of Young Men of Color From Across the State

July 12, 2014

The 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit was an absolute success. It attracted nearly 300 young men of color and professionals from across the state. The featured keynote speaker Mr. Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for hispanics, delivered an encouraging address encouraging participants to become leaders in their community and […]

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Dr. Gregory Vincent Writes Op-Ed In Support of Male Student Initiatives

July 12, 2014

In an op-ed letter to to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Austin American Statesman, and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, voiced his commitment to increasing the number of African American and Latino male graduation rates.  To read the full […]

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Project MALES Supports M2C3 Efforts as Highlighted in Diverse Issues Online

July 9, 2014

Project MALES supports the valuable work that the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) is doing in supporting African American and Latino male research in community colleges. A recent article on Diverse Issues online highlighted their valuable work. M2C3 are without a doubt helping shape how research is conducted on this vulnerable population. To read more about M2C3 and […]

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The 2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit!

June 25, 2014

On June 27-28 we hosted the inaugural UT Male Student Leadership Summit at The University of Texas at Austin! The Summit brought together emerging male student leaders from across the state of Texas as well as professionals who are dedicated to their academic success. Visit the 2014 UT Austin Student Leadership Summit webpage for more information […]

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UT Male Student Leadership Summit, June 27-28!

June 23, 2014

The 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit will be held on June 27-28, 2014 at the Student Activity Center at The University of Texas-Austin. This two-day Summit is an invite-only event, and it is designed to build fellowship among member institutions in the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, of which Project MALES is […]

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Project MALES recently participated in webinar for White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics

April 16, 2014

Dr. Victor Sáenz & Dr. Luis Ponjuan were the featured speakers for the April webinar hosted by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, on April 23rd, 2014. The topic focused on improving educational outcomes for Hispanic males, and it featured the work we are doing with Project MALES and our new Texas Education Consortium for […]

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Saenz co-authors new book with leading national scholars on “Men of Color in Higher Education”

April 9, 2014

In partnership with leading national scholars, our very own Dr. Victor Saenz has co-authored a new book from Stylus Publishing called “Men of Color in Higher Education: New Foundations for Developing Models for Success.” The book was officially released at the 2014 conference of the American Educational Research Association. Stylus hosted a book-signing event (see […]

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Project MALES esta ¡Presente! — For new White House initiative, My Brother’s Keeper

March 24, 2014

On February 27th, 2014 President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, a nationwide initiative to help young men of color reach their full potential. See the announcement here. The initiative will bring together public and private organizations as well as educational institutions committed to the success of this vulnerable population. Project MALES applauds President Obama’s leadership […]

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New CCCSE Report on Men of Color

February 27, 2014

Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges, a report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement, builds on the growing body of research about the experiences of men of color in higher education. The report includes an analysis of student engagement survey results for over 145,000 male community college students and provides […]

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Project MALES Winter 2013-2014 Newsletter

February 17, 2014

The Project MALES Winter 2013-2014 Newsletter is now available.  Featured in this newsletter: Project MALES Receives Mentoring Award, Invitation to the White House, Federal Work Study Program, Consortium Update, and Project MALES-Student Spotlight . Enjoy, and please share with others!

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Project MALES to host its first Spring Plática

February 4, 2014

Project MALES will be hosting its first Plática of the Spring semester on February 19, 2014, from 7-8pm at JES A215A. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Teresa Granillo, Executive Director of Con Mi Madre.

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Welcome to the Project MALES website

March 6, 2012

Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) is based within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin. Our website serves as more than a web presence for the project. It also serves as a clearinghouse for emerging research and news on Latino males in higher education […]

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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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