We are excited to celebrate our 5th Annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit. The 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. Participants will include African American and Latino researchers and educators, business leaders as well as student leaders from across the state. We will also feature a student panel, and a poetry/spoken word session made up of student leaders attending. On Thursday night we will conclude with a special performance by “Third Root,” a Hip-Hop project out of San Antonio Texas. This year our featured keynote speakers will be Dr. César Cruz and Dr. Ryan Sutton, Dr. Cruz oversees the Homies Empowerment Program serving gang impacted/involved youth in Oakland, CA. Dr. Sutton, is the Director of the African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI), a faculty-led academic initiative rooted in evidence-based practices to promote academic excellence among African American males. Sessions will feature, discussions on building trusting relationships with law enforcement, breaking down the barriers between students of color and mental health, the secret sauce for success in Higher Education, and how to crush the job interview. This year we are celebrating our event by introducing “Identity” as our fifth theme which is part of our critical mentoring curriculum and one of the central issues of our Leadership Summit. For more information, please visit the 2018 Texas Male Student Leadership Summit webpage for updates, or contact Jorge Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Emmet Campos at email@example.com.