Saenz, Cabrera, Perez IIOn 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 Color- a network of 40 foundations committed to expanding opportunity for this population.

The event convened a small group of the nation’s leading experts on collegiate performance, retention, and completion for males of color. Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Education, including Deputy Undersecretary Kim Hunter Reed and Asst. Deputy Secretary James Cole attended portions of the meeting, as well as Michael D. Smith, presidential advisor and director of the My Brother’s Keeper at the White House. The purpose of this gathering was to begin to develop a national strategy for improving academic opportunity and achievement for males of color throughout the entirety of higher education.


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Project MALES will kick off our inaugural Summer Leadership Academy hosted by the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy. We anticipate serving approximately 25/30 young men from four AISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb MS) for three days of activities including a field trip to the UT Austin campus. The Academy will focus on leadership building skills as well as arts and writing activities.

Daily Schedule of Activities (Tentative)

6/15 9am-2pm

Workshops on Leadership Development, Brotherhood, and College and Career Readiness

6/16 9am-2pm

Workshops on Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Teatro led by Barrio Writers, Empowering Teens Through Creative Writing, and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, UT Austin Theatre Professor

6/17 9am-2pm

UT Austin Campus Field Trip

Stay tuned for updates more details!


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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New Research Brief From PM Research Affiliate Highlights How Latino Males Develop Their Identity As Scientists

April 18, 2016

This week we would like to highlight the work of Dr. Charles Lu, Executive Director, Gateway Scholars and Summer Bridge Programs, at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Charles Lu’s research focused on examining science experiences of Latino males majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The qualitative, phenomenological study referenced in […]

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PM Faculty Affiliate Recognized By His Home Institution

April 4, 2016

We would like to congratulate our PM Faculty Affiliate Dr. Raul Leon, assistant professor in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), for the recent recognition he received from his home institution. On Thursday May 31st 2016, Dr. Leon received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award. This is the highest award given to one […]

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