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.
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 sectors to improve life outcomes of boys and men of color; by mobilizing resources and generating commitment from private sector partners; and by providing an infrastructure to support a national movement.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is proud to support the MBK Alliance and we stand ready to help. We will do our part by expanding on our current work on behalf of boys and young men of color and aligning with statewide partners and organizations across the state of Texas.We are especially supportive of the MBK Alliance mantra to “Change the Narrative” for boys and young men of color, a lesson that all of our communities and institutions should embrace.
For additional information, please visit the MBK Alliance Website Here, and follow them on twitter Here.
On Friday, February 27, 2015 over fifty educational leaders from three school districts and 14 institutions of higher education from across the state of Texas convened at Lone Star College-CyFair for our fourth Consortium meeting. Dr. Rito Silva, Dean of Student Services at LSC-CyFair, who was instrumental in organizing this event, welcomed everyone. The meeting featured a regional partners panel with guests from Houston Community College and Sam Houston State University.
The meeting also featured a presentation by the Texas A&M University external evaluation team led by Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Susana Hernandez, and Leticia Palomin. Dr. Ponjuán and the TAMU team shared some of the preliminary findings from our site visits conducted so far. Our meeting concluded with breakout sessions where groups were divided by institutional type and sector. Groups had the opportunity to share some of their current practices and challenges they are facing around male-focused student programing at their respective institutional level. We are excited about our progress thus far and look forward to providing more updates regarding our Consortium work.
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 regarding their work through Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Males Students of Color. The discussion series brought together approximately 200 representatives from various communities. Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color are 100% in support of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.