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.
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 in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin–has worked diligently to bridge these institutional differences through identifying common success metrics, sharing support strategies, and identifying myriad points of alignment with K-12, community college, and four-year institution partners across the state of Texas.
This Viewpoints Brief, released today by the American Council on Education, shares key insights that this state-wide Consortium has employed in launching and sustaining a strategic, cross-sector effort that focuses on improving the educational outcomes for male students of color. The Brief examines the state and national context for males of color, highlighting key data trends that illuminate the pervasive gender gap in educational attainment. In addition, the brief reviews the importance of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative which is building momentum and elevating this issue to a national conversation. The brief also provides details about the Consortium goals and activities, and it discusses emergent lessons learned through almost three years of collaboration with Consortium institutional partners. The report concludes by providing tangible next steps, a “blueprint for action” that institutional leaders across educational sectors should consider in embracing this issue as an educational imperative.
Dr. Victor Saenz, Executive Director of the Consortium notes that “in sharing our story, our goals, and our emerging lessons learned, we believe that the Consortium can serve as a model for other states or regions that aspire to take the lead on improving educational outcomes for male students of color. In our view, this issue is perhaps the most compelling educational challenge of our time, one that has garnered the attention of national leaders and gained greater urgency in light of the broader economic and societal implications that it portends.” To read full brief click here
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 Texas, welcomed everyone. During the morning session Dr. Victor Sáenz provided the Consortium with updates and welcomed our three new Consortium institutional members; Forth Worth Independent School District, Mountain View College, and Houston Baptist University. Dr. Saenz also introduced our new Advisory Council members; Dr. Josette Bradford (Prairie View A&M), Dr. Melissa McGuire (University of North Texas), and Sonia Dominguez (Austin ISD).
The meeting featured a presentation by Dr. J. Luke Wood, Associate Professor of the Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). Dr. Wood shared the work he is doing on men of color in the community college, through the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) which he co-directs with Dr. Frank Harris III. Other highlights from the meeting included a local partners panel where typically administrators , faculty, and staff share their experiences about how the Consortium has helped advance their work with males of color on their respective campuses. However, for the first time, the panel featured students who spoke about the how these male of color initiatives in their schools helped shape their experiences in myriad positive and constructive ways. Our meeting concluded with breakout sessions where groups were divided by institutional type and sector. Groups had the opportunity to share some of their ideas in building a Consortium “toolkit” focusing on the existing information and resources that can be shared by everyone who is part of the consortium.
We want to thank the University of North Texas for hosting a successful meeting. We are excited about our progress thus far and look forward to providing more updates regarding our Consortium work.
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 led by Dr. Robert Muñoz and Dr. Emmet Campos.The morning also featured a regional partners panel with panelists from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, P-16 Plus Council of Bexar County, South Texas College, La Joya ISD, and Texas State University.
UT Austin research members provided a summary and feedback about the 2015 UT Male Student Leadership Summit. Additionally, the Texas A&M University external evaluation team led by Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Susana Hernandez, and Leticia Palomin. Dr. Ponjuán and the TAMU team also provided the council with an update on the findings from our site visits conducted so far. Our meeting will conclude with breakout sessions where groups will be divided by institutional type and sector. Groups will have 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ernesto Mejia, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Mejia learned to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In an op-ed letter to to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Austin American Statesman, and the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, voiced his commitment to increasing the number of African American and Latino male graduation rates. To read the […]
Project MALES supports the valuable work that the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) is doing in supporting African American and Latino male research in community colleges. A recent article on Diverse Issues online highlighted their valuable work. M2C3 are without a doubt helping shape how research is conducted on this vulnerable population. To read more about M2C3 and […]
On June 27-28 we hosted the inaugural UT Male Student Leadership Summit at The University of Texas at Austin! The Summit brought together emerging male student leaders from across the state of Texas as well as professionals who are dedicated to their academic success. Visit the 2014 UT Austin Student Leadership Summit webpage for more information […]
The 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit will be held on June 27-28, 2014 at the Student Activity Center at The University of Texas-Austin. This two-day Summit is an invite-only event, and it is designed to build fellowship among Consortium member institutions as well as bring together emerging student leaders from across the state of Texas. The […]
In response to a recent task force report to President Barack Obama on My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that brings together private sector and philanthropic organizations to improve the lives and outcomes of boys and young men of color in the United States, seven university-based research centers have jointly issued a statement. Project MALES and […]
Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color were both featured in a recent article published in both the Texas Tribune and the New York Times (5/11/14). Also quoted was our executive director, Dr. Victor Saenz. Here’s a link to each article: Texas Tribune & New York Times
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color will be hosting the 2014 UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit on June 27-28, 2014 in the Student Activity Center at The University of Texas-Austin. This two-day Summit will be focused on building leadership and networking skills among young men of color from across the state of Texas. For […]