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.
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.
This slideshow adequately captures the success of the 2014 UT Male Student Leadership Summit.
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 to basic health, nutrition, mentorship, high-quality early education and early introductions into the workforce, as well as partnering with communities and police to reduce violence and make our classrooms and streets safer.
As this issue continues to gain national attention, new partners have pledged their commitment to the initiative. Project MALES & The Texas Consortium for Males Students of color continue to be strong supporters of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. To read about the new partners, their commitment, and the future of My Brother’s Keeper, click here.