Davis Summit 14The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is hosting its second annual UT Male Student Leadership Summit at The University of Texas at Austin on August 13-14th. The Consortium is a statewide network of school districts, community colleges and public universities that was launched in 2013. The consortium works toward leveraging their collective expertise and advancing research on best practices to improve educational outcomes for male students of color.

The two-day summit is designed to build fellowship among consortium member institutions and bring together emerging student leaders from across the state of Texas. The agenda will focus on building leadership, networking and career skills among young men of color enrolled at consortium institutions across the state.

The summit will feature two workshop tracks: a professional track focused on best practices and research dissemination on men of color, and a student track featuring workshops on leadership and career development. Keynote speakers include: Ernesto Mejia, vice president and CSO for Coolspeak; Daron Roberts, executive director of the UT Austin Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation; and Dr. Teresa Granillo, executive director of Con Mi Madre.

“The UT Male Student Leadership Summit is a convening of our consortium institutional partners and students” said Dr. Victor B. Sáenz, Executive Director of the Consortium and an Associate Professor at UT-Austin. “This event seeks to build a robust social and professional network of male students of color across high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions in the state of Texas.”

“The opportunity gap for young men of color is the crisis of our time,” said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement at UT Austin “These young men are more likely to attend underserved and under-resourced schools and share a number of race-based and socioeconomic obstacles to higher education. Narrowing the gender gap for educational attainment among students of color is not just a statewide priority but also a national imperative, and we are honored that we can support this cause.”

“We are honored that UT Austin is hosting this event for a second year, an event which has gathered the attention of the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. This summit is certain to build a strong legacy of engaged male student leaders across the state of Texas,” Sáenz said.

Contact: Dr. Victor Saenz (vsaenz@austin.utexas.edu) & Dr. Emmet Campos (ecampos@austin.utexas.edu).

The summit is closed to the public. Media are invited.
Funding for the consortium comes from multiyear grants through the Greater Texas Foundation and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG). To learn more about the consortium, please visit our website: http://ddce.utexas.edu/projectmales/texas-education-consortium-for-male-students-of-color/.


I am pleased to announce that Emmet Campos, Ph.D., has joined the team as the new Director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. Dr. Campos will serve as the chief operations officer for all Project MALES and Consortium internal and external activities and will be responsible for communications and engagement with key partners across the state. He replaces Dr. Enrique Romo who had been serving in this role for two years and is leaving for a leadership role at Weber State University. Dr. Campos’ many years of leadership and management experience will be essential to the continued success of Project MALES and the Consortium.

camposDr. Campos has over fifteen years of work experience managing projects that focused on providing low-income youth, first-generation students, and high school and college students of color with the skills and tools necessary for secondary and postsecondary success. In his most recent position as Project Director/Researcher in the Center for Community College Student Engagement at UT Austin, he led three national grant-funded research and practice-based initiatives that supported college and university administrators, faculty, staff, and students. He has extensive experience working directly on projects focused on male students of color, including a recent Kresge Foundation-funded research project and a prior direct-service project with the Institute for Community, University, and School Partnerships in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT. He has also taught at UT Austin, St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College.

In his many professional positions he has managed multiple projects, built and leveraged multi-sector partnerships, supervised staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and managed administrative and grant-funded budgets in progressively responsible administrative university settings. These skills will be especially important as we embark on our fourth year of our mentoring partnership with Austin ISD and the third year of our Consortium work that includes partnerships with 15 different educational institutions across the state.

Dr. Campos received a doctorate degree in Cultural Studies in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Emmet Campos to the Project MALES and Consortium team.

Victor Saenz
Executive Director
Project MALES & Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color


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