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.
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.
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.