Jorge & DeAnaOver the years Project MALES has been fortunate to have graduate students come to be a part of our mentoring and research projects. This year we are excited to welcome DeAna McCusky and Jorge Rodriguez to our PM team. We asked a DeAna and Jorge to share a little bit about themselves including, their new roles with Project MALES and why they joined the PM team, here is what they shared.

DeAna McCusky
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Tell us a about yourself:
I am from Madison, WI and a proud graduate of UW Madison. I have a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Education. I am an avid sports fan especially when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.

What program are you in?
I am in the 2nd year of the Program in Higher Educational Administration

What are your research interests?
My research interests involve the experiences of Latina doctoral students who are balancing motherhood

Where were you working with prior to working with Project MALES?
Prior to joining Project MALES, I worked for the University Leadership Network supporting a cohort of 500 first-year students.

Why did you join the PM team?
As a Latina who has seen the educational achievement of family members and our community lagging, I am committed to any work that seeks to bridge that gap. Also, I was eager to work with and learn from Dr. Saenz and the rest of the PM team.

 What will your role be with PM?
I am a Graduate Research Associate who will be focused on supporting the PM research agenda.

What are you looking forward to the most in this role?
Refining my research skills and working with a dynamic team to improve the educational opportunities of Latino students in Texas.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am very excited to join the team and look forward to working with everyone for this noble cause!

Jorge L. Rodriguez

Jorge Rodriguez

Tell us a about yourself:
I grew up in Eagle Pass, a border town across from Piedras Engross. Growing up I never knew the importance of my education, however that didn’t stop me from trying to excel in school. I attribute that to the support I received from my family and friends. I grew up in a low-income household, and I am a first generation college graduate.

What program are you in?
I am a first year in the College and University Student Personnel Administration Program.

What are your research interests?
My research interest involve minority males in Higher education, the impact family’s income has on attaining a post-secondary education, and equity in education.

Where were you working with prior to working with Project MALES?
I was working with Advise TX as a College Advisor.

Why did you join the PM team?
I joined Project MALES because one of their missions is to increase male students of color educational potential by providing mentoring. One of the things that I appreciate from this organization is that, Project MALES meets with students from a young age to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to be successful.

What will your role be with PM?
I will be one of the Mentoring Site Coordinators for the PM Mentoring Program.

What are you looking forward to the most in this role?
I am looking forward to working with our undergraduates to support them in effectively reaching out and mentoring our students.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am looking forward to meeting and working with the rest of the Project MALES staff and mentors.

 

 

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2015 summit recap image for websiteOn Aug. 13-14, 2015, the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color hosted the second annual UT Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was yet another huge success. Over 200 young men of color attended, representing school districts, community colleges, and universities from across the state of Texas.

This year we introduced a professional networking career/education fair as well as new topics for both our professional and student  workshops. Our students had the opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs as well as representatives from KPMG, Google, Union Pacific, among others. They also met with representatives from the UT School of Nursing and the McCombs School of Business. In addition, this year, our student track workshops featured topics on building trusting relationships with Law enforcement, a workshop introducing our male participants to gender and sexuality and a workshop on how to successfully navigate the transfer process from the community college to a four-year university- to name a few.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, DDCE staff, Project MALES staff, and volunteers who made this 2015 UT Male Student Leadership Summit a huge success. THANK YOU!

You can view the program for the 2015 UT Male Student Leadership Summit here.
You can view our featured speakers bios here.

 

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The 2015 UT Male Student Leadership Summit Is Here!

August 11, 2015

For the second year in a row the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color will host the UT Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin on August 13-14th. This year we are expecting a record crowd of young men of color and professionals representing three Independent School Districts, eleven […]

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Press Release: Consortium to Host Statewide Leadership Summit to Build Professional Networks among Male Students of Color

July 28, 2015

The 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 […]

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Project MALES and the Consortium Welcomes Dr. Emmet Campos

July 14, 2015

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 […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor Acknowledged for Joining the PM Faculty and Research Affiliate Program

July 7, 2015

Dr. Deryl Hatch assistant professor of educational administration in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, was acknowledged by his home institution for recently joining Project MALES’s Faculty and Research Affiliate program. Dr. Hatch’s expertise on community college environments and how they intersect with student experiences to foster equitable […]

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Project MALES and the Consortium Would Like to Share “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”

July 1, 2015

“Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper” aired on Sunday, June 21st in a simulcast on the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film documents the lives and families of boys and young men of color from across the United States who participate in life changing intervention programs. The film highlights four programs: […]

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Project MALES Receives Recognition From Community Partner

June 12, 2015

On Monday June 1st 2015, the Project MALES mentoring program received a certificate of recognition from Webb Middle School. Jorge Segovia, Community Engagement Coordinator and Juan Lopez, Lead Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES, received the award on behalf of the organization. Mr. Segovia said, “Today we received our certificate of recognition on behalf of […]

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Project MALES Announces New Faculty and Research Affiliate Program

May 13, 2015

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Program. The goal of this Faculty and Research Affiliates Program is to raise the visibility of our affiliates’ research on young males of color by amplifying their work to our growing national network of P-16 practitioners and administrators. Our […]

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Project MALES Congratulates Mike Gutierrez For Receiving the 2015 Rose Martinez Student Excellence Award

May 8, 2015

Project MALES would like to congratulate Mike Gutierrez for receiving the 2015 Rose Martinez Student Excellence Award at this year’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s (DDCE) end-of-year celebration. Mike was chosen from a select group of talented students throughout the DDCE. Mike is our Lead Site Coordinator and will be graduating this spring with a […]

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Project MALES stands with the newly launched MBK Alliance

May 6, 2015

On May 5, 2015 President Obama announced the launch of a new non-profit, the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance. Building on the success of his MBK initiative announced last year, the MBK Alliance is a nationwide initiative whose goal is to ensure that MBK fulfills its mission, by uniting leaders across philanthropic, nonprofit, and private […]

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Project MALES Alumni, “Where Are They Now?”

April 27, 2015

Over the years Project MALES has been fortunate to have many student leaders and mentors come through our ranks. In particular, our undergraduate mentors and work-study students work with young males of color at all levels of the educational pipeline in an effort to improve their overall educational attainment. In addition, Project MALES also aims […]

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Project (FE)MALES – A Spotlight on our Female Mentors

April 20, 2015

Over the course of our collaborations with internal and external partners, one of the frequent questions we get is, “Can female students get involved with Project MALES?” Our response has always been, “Yes, absolutely…almost half of our mentors are female.” Borne out of our research work, we have learned that women can play a pivotal […]

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Project MALES Staff has Been Presenting at Meetings and Conferences Around the Nation

April 15, 2015

Over the past few weeks our Project MALES staff had the opportunity to share our work around issues affecting male students of color nationwide. Here are some of the highlights of the events and conversations we have been a part of. On Friday March 6, 2015 Dr. Victor Sáenz participated in the 2015 Ohio Latino Education […]

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Project MALES Hosts Young Men Of Color For Explore UT

March 17, 2015

  On Saturday, March 7th 2015, Project MALES hosted the young men and staff of XY-Zone for Explore UT 2015. XY-Zone is a male leadership development and peer support program in Central Texas, that develops productive life skills in high school-aged, at risk youth. This meeting introduced young male students of color to the University […]

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Introducing Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen, Project MALES’s first Faculty Affiliate.

March 3, 2015

This week we spotlight the work of Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen, Project MALES’s first Faculty Affiliate. Dr. Ozuna Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, at the University of Texas in Arlington. Dr. Ozuna Allen became a Faculty Affiliate with Project MALES in June 2014. Her research focuses […]

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán attend the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Community Challenge National Convening in Washington D.C.

February 17, 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 […]

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Site of the Week: William B. Travis High School

February 9, 2015

  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 […]

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