Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Ph.D., The University of Pennsylvania
I am very much the product of a strong support system: I thrived as a student and young professional as a result of hard work, the unwavering encouragement of my family, and the guidance of outstanding teachers and mentors who challenged me. Yet, too many of our young men of color lack such support. I believe that the success of each of these students is tied to our success as an institution, and that is why I pledge to use the intellectual resources of The University of Texas at Austin and the collective impact we can achieve through strong community partnerships to bear on the urgent issues facing these young men at the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. Louis Harrison, Jr.
Faculty Director, McNair Scholars Program
Research Director, African American Male Research Initiative
B.S., University of New Orleans
M.Ed., University of New Orleans
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
As we consider the national attention given to this demographic, it is imperative to cultivate and highlight the potential and accomplishments of boys and young men of color to combat the monolithic portrayal in popular media. My background of being reared in a single parent home, growing up in a low SES family, spending seven years teaching in Louisiana public schools, and teaching and engaging with African American student-athletes for the past twenty years of my career gives me a broad perspective of the issues facing boys and young men of color.
Dr. Darren Kelly
Chief of Staff for Academic Diversity Initiatives
B.S.C., University of Virginia
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
I am passionate about serving as a mentor and helping boys and young men of color achieve the goals they have set for themselves because my academic and career achievements are due in part to the encouragement and direction received from key mentors in my life, including my parents. These individuals provided a wealth of knowledge and firsthand exposure to successful African American men in various career fields. Helping young men of color helps our society by ensuring that future generations will have diverse leaders in their respective communities. I use my experience as a higher education professional, instructor, and mentor at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional ranks to assist young men in discovering opportunities to enhance their lives and achieve excellence in their personal, academic, and career endeavors.
Assistant Vice President, Longhorn Center for School Partnerships, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
B.S., Chicago State University
M.S., Chicago State University
Mid-Management Certification, Texas State University
I have been serving young men, especially those of color, for the past 35 years in my roles as teacher, principal, and currently university administrator for pre-college programs. “I am” those young men, and a college education in my life is the major component that put my life on the success trajectory. I bring successful experience leading and mentoring young men of color in the Austin area to actualize the college life experience. I also have extensive contacts in the realm of non-profits and at the highest levels of leadership in Austin school district.
Dr. Victor Saenz
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.P.Aff., LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
M.Ed., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
The national dialogue on improving educational outcomes for young men of color needs to be informed and led by thoughtful scholarship and proven interventions; this imperative drives my passion for serving young men of color, so that we can avoid deficit frameworks and instead look to identify deeper understandings and lasting impact through our actions. As a researcher I bring a strong focus on building critical awareness, on identifying best practices through empirical work, and on leveraging networks and sources of support for the benefit of young men of color. There is a vast network of expertise that we need to tap into; DDCE and the University of Texas at Austin are uniquely positioned to tap into these networks by tying their intellectual and community engagement resources to the growing educational imperative for young men of color.
Graduate Research Assistant
B.A., Rice University
M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. (student), Higher Education Leadership, The University of Texas at Austin
As a Ph.D. student, I have studied and researched these important issues in the classroom context. As a result, I am grateful to be part of a committee that is creating real change to address the growing needs of young men of color, and I hope that my contributions as a student and scholar will be beneficial to this necessary and timely campaign.
Dr. Leonard Moore