The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is hosting its annual Leadership Summit on August 9-10, 2018 at the University of Texas at Austin. The consortium is a state-wide collaboration with a mission to implement and sustain effective policies, programs and practices focused on increasing individual success and post-secondary completion for male students of color. It seeks to align and coordinate existing programs and services that target underrepresented male students from middle school through college. The core values of the consortium are: student empowerment, collective knowledge, culture of evidence, educational achievement, and scale and sustainability.
The Leadership Summit will bring approximately 400 young male students of color, their mentors and teachers to UT Austin to participate in two days of workshops, professional exchange and career development. Sessions will feature discussions around social justice and the law enforcement system, male mentoring research and best practices, and health and wellness topics. Participants will include African American and Latino business leaders, researchers and educators as well as student leaders from across the state. This year’s keynote speakers will be Dr. César Cruz and Ernesto Mejia.
Dr. César Cruz
From marching 76-straight miles, to hunger striking for 26 days, César has dedicated his life to fighting for justice. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and migrated to the U.S. at a young age with a single mother, and grandmother. César graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History. He has been an educator for 22 years, in positions of leadership for the last 17 years, most recently serving as the Dean of Secondary Schools Program at Harvard University. For the last four years, he has overseen the Homies Empowerment Program serving gang impacted/involved youth in Oakland, CA. He is the author of two books, Revenge of the Illegal Alien, and Bang for Freedom. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, becoming the first Mexican immigrant male to do so. Amidst all, he is proudest to be a husband, and father of three children: Olin, Amaru and Quetzali.
The proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barreì 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, Mr. Mejia learned to never give up on life. A founding member of the Student Leadership Inspired by Consuelo Kickbusch (SLiCK) program, Mr. Mejia now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.
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