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On July 21st, the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (TECMSC) was honored with a “Recognition of Excellence” at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting. Dr. Victor Sáenz, Executive Director and Founder of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Co-founder of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, and Dr. Emmet Campos, Director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color received the award.

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Additionally, Dr, Sáenz, Dr. Ponjuán, and Dr. Campos delivered some remarks about the work the Consortium is doing across the state of Texas. Dr, Sáenz, Dr. Ponjuán, and Dr. Campos addressed members of the Coordinating Board, guests including chancellors and presidents of postsecondary institutions, chief academic officers, chief instructional officers, and other higher education leaders. This is important recognition of the excellent and valuable work that our Consortium partner members, Consortium Advisory Council and the staff at UT-Austin and Texas A&M University are doing to advance our work on male students of color in Texas. Congratulations to all!

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TECMSC SUMMIT 2015 logo vector copyWith three weeks away from our 3rd Annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit we wanted to give you a sneak peak at some of the things you can look forward to at the Summit. All pre-conference activities, featured speakers, and session panels will focus on three themes/goals–Leadership, Brotherhood, and College and Career Development. This year our featured keynote speakers will be Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Mr. Ernesto Mejia, and Dr. Cesar Cruz. Dr. Ponjuán, one of the co-founders of Project MALES, is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Mr. Mejia, a returning keynoter and popular session leader, is a co-founder of CoolSpeak, a youth engagement project that leverages the “cool language” kids speak to design and develop programs and events for youth. Dr. Cruz recently earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the Harvard School of Education. Dr. Cruz is an inspiring writer, educator, and community youth activist.

This year our Summit program will feature new events and activities, including a pre-conference/student interest group sessions, a new K-12 student track, a panel of student leaders representing our Consortium partner institutions from across the state of Texas, and an evening of entertainment that will offer poetry/spoken word, a featured musical performance by Rodrigo and Enrique Aguayo , graduate students with Project MALES, acapella singing/rapping, and step show performance. In addition, we will also have a book signing by Dr. Victor Sáenz and Dr. Luis Ponjuán of their recently published book, “Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education: A National Imperative”. .

For an “at-a-glance” schedule with the titles and descriptions of Summit presenters and panel sessions, please click here.

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In one month we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit, that will take place August 11-12, 2016 at The University of Texas at Austin. The Summit is an invite only event for institutional members of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. 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. This year’s Summit is organized around three key themes: Leadership Development, Career Readiness, and Brotherhood. Attendees will attend plenary and concurrent sessions that link to each of these themes. Additionally three different tracks of concurrent sessions will be offered: a professional track for working professionals, a college/university track for enrolled students, and a K-12 track designed for 8th grade through 12th grade students.

PonjuanThis year we will continue our career and education exhibit area to encourage attendees to interact with corporate recruiters and learn about graduate school options. We are also introducing a pre-conference on August 11th from 8am-12pm. For more information visit the 2016 Texas Male Student Leadership Summit webpage or contact Claudia Garcia-Louis at cgarcialouis@utexas.edu.

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Excelencia in Education, in partnership with DDCE at the University of Texas at Austin, convened a group of national leaders on April 20, 2016 to discuss not only what they know, but what can be done to accelerate the success of Latino males in higher education. Speakers on this webinar included Sarita Brown and Deborah Santiago from Excelencia as well as Dr. William Serrata (President, El Paso Community College) and our Consortium’s Executive Director Dr. Victor Saenz. Learn more at http://www.edexcelencia.org/latinomales. Join the conversation and let’s take action for progress together. Use social media #LatinoMales.

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuan Publish New Brief Highlighting the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

March 10, 2016

The educational challenges for male students of color are materially different in the K–12 sector as compared to postsecondary education, but there is no denying the good sense in considering cross-sector perspectives in diagnosing the structural  challenges that affect males of color across the educational pipeline. The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color—headquartered […]

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University of North Texas Hosts our 6th Meeting of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

February 28, 2016

On Friday, February 26, 2016 leaders from four school districts and 17 institutions of higher education from across the state of Texas convened at the University of North Texas for our 6th meeting of Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (TECMSC). Dr. Melissa McGuire, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, at the University of North […]

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San Antonio College Hosts our 5th Meeting of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

October 23, 2015

Over thirty educational leaders from independent school districts and two and four-year institutions of higher education from across the state of Texas have presently convening at San Antonio College for our fifth Consortium meeting. Dr. Lisa Alcorta, Dean of Student Success at San Antonio College, welcomed everyone. Conversation about the instituting advisory council bylaws was […]

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The 2015 UT Male Student Leadership Summit a Big Success!

August 11, 2015

On Aug. 13-14, 2015, the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color hosted the second annual UT Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was yet another huge success. Over 200 young men of color attended, representing school districts, community colleges, and universities from across the state of […]

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Consortium to Host Statewide Leadership Summit to Build Professional Networks among Male Students of Color

July 28, 2015

The 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 […]

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Project MALES and the Consortium Welcomes Dr. Emmet Campos

July 14, 2015

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 […]

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