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/

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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. Effective July 29th, 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. 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 team.

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

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ernesto mejiaErnesto Mejia, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Mejia learned to never give up on life. A founding member of the Student Leadership Inspired by Consuelo Kickbusch (SLiCK) program, Mejia now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education. Mejia holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.

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Daron K. Roberts,
 is a former NFL coach who serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. CSLI is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school and collegiate athletes. Roberts has a proven track record in improving management systems and developing leadership strategy for managers in both the private and public sectors. He has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated. Roberts is also a lecturer at the University of Texas, focusing on issues of governance and innovation in the sports arena. He teaches two upper-division honors courses – “Leadership Strategy in Sports” and “Disruptive Innovation in Sports.” Roberts holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas, an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Granillo, Teresa 2012Teresa Granillo, Ph.D is the Executive Director of Con Mi Madre an organization empowering young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education. As a Latina Granillo, grew up with a single mother who didn’t have an education. Her mother encouraged her to do well in school and pursue post-secondary education. Granillo had many mentors outside of her family that helped her throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Thus, she believes whole-heartedly in Con Mi MADRE’s mission. She is proof that with the right guidance, support, and mentorship, even Latinas from low-income families can achieve great things in education. For 10 years she has been doing research on finding ways to improve the lives of young Latinas, to provide them with opportunities to be healthy (physically and emotionally), happy, and successful. The opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Con Mi MADRE, is a dream come true! Granillo gets to use her personal experiences and knowledge to empower young Latinas and their mothers to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college education and having a successful career. Granillo holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Additionally, Granillo earned a Masters of Social Work, Masters in Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from The University of Michigan.

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On August 13-14 will host the 2nd Annual  UT Male Student Leadership Summit at The University of Texas at Austin! The Summit will bring together emerging male student leaders from across the state of Texas as well as professionals who are dedicated to their academic success. Visit the 2015 UT Austin Student Leadership Summit webpage for up to date information. To view a tentative schedule click here.

Please check our UT Male Student Leadership Summit website for updates and a preliminary agenda coming soon.

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Consortium stands with the newly launched MBK Alliance

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

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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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First Joint Research Meeting of 2015 Between UT-Austin and Texas A&M Research Teams

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Our Texas A&M partners Host the Consortium Team for Our First Joint Research Team Meeting

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Palo Alto College Hosts our Third Meeting for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with President Obama and Vice President Biden

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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

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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. The […]

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2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit Slideshow

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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

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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

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

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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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Thank you to all attendees at the 2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit!

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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!

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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 Consortium member institutions as well as bring together emerging student leaders from across the state of Texas. The […]

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Leading Educational Research Centers Respond to White House Report on Boys and Young Men of Color

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In response to a recent task force report to President Barack Obama on My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that brings together private sector and philanthropic organizations to improve the lives and outcomes of boys and young men of color in the United States, seven university-based research centers have jointly issued a statement. Project MALES and […]

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Consortium featured in new articles in Texas Tribune & New York Times

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Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color were both featured in a recent article published in both the Texas Tribune and the New York Times (5/11/14). Also quoted was our executive director, Dr. Victor Saenz. Here’s a link to each article: Texas Tribune & New York Times

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2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit

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Project MALES Hosts Young Men Of Color For Explore UT

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  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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