On June 1st, 2013 we officially launched the Consortium, funded by two new grant awards from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and TG as well as continuation funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This new state-wide collaboration focuses on improving Hispanic and African American male student success across the state of Texas. The Consortium seeks to align and coordinate existing programs and services that target underrepresented male students across the education continuum, and it further seeks to stimulate new male-focused initiatives within Texas school districts, colleges, universities. Current Consortium members include two-year and four-year institutions across the state as well as two public school districts. It is headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement), and it is led by Dr. Victor Saenz (Associate Professor & Executive Director) as well as Dr. Enrique Romo (Deputy to the Vice President & Director). The chief external evaluator for this project is Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.
The Consortium will achieve the following four objectives over the next three years (Summer 2013 – Summer 2016):
Objective 1: Build the Consortium. The initial group includes six community college districts, five four-year universities, and three public school districts committed to enhancing Hispanic and African American male student success. These include:
- The University of Texas at Austin (Lead Institution)
- Austin Community College District
- El Paso Community College District
- Lone Star College System (CyFair and North Harris)
- Alamo Colleges (Palo Alto College; San Antonio College; Northeast Lakeview College
- South Texas College
- Tarrant County College District
- Texas State University
- University of North Texas (Denton)
- University of Texas at San Antonio
- Prairie View A&M University
- Austin Independent School District
- La Joya Independent School District
- El Paso Independent School District
Objective 2: Annually convene two consortium meetings & one student summit. The Consortium will convene two annual meetings and one annual student summit to build our network and advance programmatic activities and shared evaluation metrics over the first three years.
Objective 3: Incubate research-based male focused programs. A long-term impact of the Consortium will be the galvanization and support of a statewide network of male mentoring programs as models of practice. All Consortium members will implement a male mentoring program (i.e., incubator), or incorporate and appropriately modify an existing male program, at their institutions.
Objective 4: Disseminate findings through resource center & tool-kit. The Consortium will leverage the collective expertise of the Consortium members and develop permanent resources to be maintained by UT Austin as the Consortium’s lead institution. These resources will serve as strategies to broadly disseminate the Consortium’s findings and share best practices through open access technology, annual professional meetings and conferences (outside of this Consortium community) and a monograph publication.
Our primary expected outcome is for the Consortium to serve as a force in encouraging more Texas colleges and universities to implement male-focused student programs in response to the statewide policy imperative that is focused on enhancing the participation and success of Hispanic and African American males. For more information on our Consortium activities, visit: http://ddce.utexas.edu/txedconsortium/.
Stay tuned for more updates!
For more information about Project MALES, please contact Dr. Victor B. Saenz at firstname.lastname@example.org