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.
On Monday January 12, 2015, University of Texas-Austin and Texas A&M Research Teams kicked-off the Consortium’s work for the new year with a joint research team meeting. During this session we had an opportunity to check in with our Consortium Advisory Council via a conference call and provided them with our mid-point check in summary, highlighting each institutions progress with their men of color initiatives. Following the conference call, the group engaged in strategic planning for the Consortium work that lies ahead; including our upcoming site visits, our fourth Consortium meeting, and our summer summit. We are excited for what this year may bring, stay tuned for more updates regarding our Consortium work and upcoming events.
On Tuesday November 4, 2014, Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development and Executive Director of Investing in Diversity, Equity, Access, and Learning (IDEAL) at Texas A&M University, along with his graduate students, Leticia Palomin and Susana Hernandez hosted the Consortium research team for the first of several joint research meetings. The Consortium’s Executive Director Dr. Victor Saenz was joined by Claudia Garcia-Louis and José R. Del Real Viramontes, two of his graduate research associates.
During this day-long planning session we had an opportunity to share thoughts about the Consortium’s most recent meeting in San Antonio on October 24 at Palo Alto College. Following the debriefing, the group engaged in strategic planning for the Consortium work that needs to be completed in the next six months. This includes organizing our schedule for site visits which will continue on January 29th-30th at the University of Texas in San Antonio. In addition, the teams developed post site visit tasks to ensure timely and accurate reports to include recommendations that can be used by Consortium members and partners once they have been completed.
The next scheduled joint research team meeting for UT-Austin and Texas A&M will be held January 19, 2015 at our Consortium headquarters. On this day, the group will plan for the first 2015 site visits as well as the fourth Consortium meeting hosted by Lone Star College-CyFair in late February. Stay tuned for more updates regarding our Consortium work and our upcoming events.