Dr. Victor Saenz, founder and executive director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color and associate professor in the UT College of Education, was in Washington, D.C. yesterday to discuss educational issues and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Saenz was among a group of national, state and local Hispanic educators and communiy leaders invited to a celebration at the Naval Observatory. Guests included Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and voter advocate Henry Munoz.
Vice President Joe Biden honored Hispanic education administrators and counselors, calling them “heroes in the classroom and community.”
According to ABC news, Biden said the “brilliance and potential of the Hispanic community” will contribute to the future of the country, noting that one in four students in pre-K through 12th grade are Hispanic.
Saenz and Dr. Luis Ponjuan, a colleague from Texas A&M University and partner in the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, also met with colleagues at The Education Trust, Excelencia in Education, and the American Council on Education, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and others on Capitol Hill to discuss Project MALES and the Consortium’s work in Texas as well as DDCE’s commitment to the campaign for young men of color.