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Consortium meeting #3, Saenz, finishing thoughts, 10 24 14

Over fifty educational leaders from across the state of Texas convened in Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas last Friday October 24, 2014 for the third statewide Consortium meeting. The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (TECMSC) is a statewide initiative that brings together K-12, college and university educators to address attrition rates for young males of color. Highlights of the meeting included the introduction of the Advisory Council, a regional partners panel where participants shared some of their current best practices around male-focused student programing at their respective institutions. Our meeting concluded with Dr. Luis Ponjuan’s report where he shared some of the initial findings from our site visits conducted earlier this year. Dr. Ponjuan also provided additional information about confirming and planning future site visits. We are excited about our progress thus far and look forward to bringing you more updates regarding our work with the consortium.

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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 the United States. The event culminated with a surprise visit from President Obama.

While in D.C., Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán met with colleagues at The Education Trust, Excelencia in Education, and the American Council of Education. They also met with other state and national policy makers and educational leaders to discuss the work they are doing through Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Males Students of Color. This is the third time this year that Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán are invited to participate in the events and activities related to educational issues affecting Latino male students.

Saenz & Biden, Hispanic Heritage Reception, Sept. 2014Saenz & Obama, Hispanic Heritage Reception, Sept. 2014, 2 (2)Saenz & Castro & Ponjuan, Hispanic Heritage Reception, Sept. 2014

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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 report represents a joint policy statement from seven university-based research centers that have an explicit research focus on boys and men of color in education: the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education (University of Pennsylvania), Minority Male Community College Collaborative (San Diego State University), Morehouse Research Institute (Morehouse College), Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (University of Texas at Austin), Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male (The Ohio State University), UCLA Black Male Institute (University of California, Los Angeles), and Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory(University of Wisconsin-Madison).

To read Advancing the success of boys and men of color in education: Recommendations for policymakers click here or on the image below.

Ad Success of Boys and Men of Color

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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

July 25, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

Austin ISD answers White House Call to Improve Achievement of Young Men of Color through highlighting their partnership with various organizations, including Project MALES. Read the full story here.

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

July 12, 2014

In an op-ed letter to to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Austin American Statesman, and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, voiced his commitment to increasing the number of African American and Latino male graduation rates. To read the […]

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Project MALES Supports M2C3 Efforts as Highlighted in Diverse Issues Online

July 9, 2014

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!

June 25, 2014

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!

June 3, 2014

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

June 3, 2014

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

May 13, 2014

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

April 16, 2014

The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color will be hosting the 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit on June 27-28, 2014 in the Student Activity Center at The University of Texas-Austin. This two-day Summit will be focused on building leadership and networking skills among young men of color from across the state of Texas. For […]

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New Service Learning Course Already Having a Positive Impact on our Project MALES Undergraduate Mentors

October 30, 2014

This academic year Project MALES launched Instructing Males through Peer Advising College Tracks (IMPACT), a new service-learning course offered through the College of Liberal Arts. The course meets once a week, co-instructed by Dr. Sáenz, Dr. Romo and the mentoring team. The course objectives are to enhance college student engagement and academic achievement by offering […]

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Dr. Sáenz to be Honored by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

October 16, 2014

Dr. Victor Sáenz, Project MALES and Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color Executive Director, has been named a 2014 honoree of the Inaugural Education Advocate of the Year from the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce on October 21, 2014. The award recognizes Saenz’s positive impact to the field of education at the local […]

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Con Mi MADRE recognized among most effective in nation at increasing Latino student success in college

October 2, 2014

Our community partner, Con Mi MADRE, was recognized as a finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increases academic achievement for Latino students.  Con Mi MADRE was selected from among 217 competitors from 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as one of 14 Finalists for the 2014 Examples of […]

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UT Male Leadership Summit Attracts Hundreds of Young Men of Color From Across the State

July 12, 2014

The 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit was an absolute success. It attracted nearly 300 young men of color and professionals from across the state. The featured keynote speaker Mr. Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for hispanics, delivered an encouraging address encouraging participants to become leaders in their community […]

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