For the fifth year in a row Project MALES will participate in Explore UT, the largest open house in the state of Texas. Held annually at UT Austin, Explore UT aims to inform students, parents, teachers and community members from across the state about the importance of the public research institution and higher education in Texas. The day-long event invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge. Explore UT seeks to broaden the horizons of students in Texas and motivate them toward achieving higher education after high school. It aims to help parents and teachers encourage the excitement of learning and discovery, and welcomes alumni to reconnect with the institution that prepared them for their careers.
This year, Explore UT attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the work that Project MALES is doing at UT and for male students of color in collaboration with our local partners the Austin independent School District (AISD) and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Austin. In addition, there will be a screening of the PBS NewsHour special featuring Project MALES. This story featured interviews with Dr. Victor Sáenz, Executive Director and Founder of Project MALES, Dr. Emmet Campos, Director of Project MALES, TY Davidson, Principal at Travis ECHS as well as interviews with some of our mentors, mentees, and other AISD partners.
Additionally, Project MALES student mentors, work-study’s, and interns will partner with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and with the Center of Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to host several events and activities throughout the day. We are looking forward to sharing the work Project MALES is engaged in at UT community and with our local partners. Please come back soon for highlights!