The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (The “Consortium”) officially launched in 2013, supported by grant awards from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF), the Trellis Foundation (formerly TG), the Kresge Foundation, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Consortium focuses on improving educational outcomes for Latino and African American male students by connecting partners across educational sectors (i.e. independent school districts, 2-year colleges, and 4-year institutions). Our Consortium member institutions are part of a statewide learning community that is committed to implementing and sustaining effective policies, programs, and practices focused on increasing individual success and post-secondary completion for male students of color.
The Consortium is headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement), and it is led by Dr. Victor B. Sáenz (Associate Professor & Executive Director) and Dr. Emmet Campos (Director). Our Consortium work is managed jointly through a collaboration with researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Consortium co-founder, Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Associate Professor.
Consortium Vision & Objectives
Vision: Advancing Equitable educational outcomes for male students of color at the local, state, and national level.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (The “Consortium”) partners across educational sectors (i.e. independent school districts, 2-year colleges, and 4-year institutions) to implement and sustain effective policies, programs, and practices focused on increasing individual success and post-secondary completion for male students of color.
The Consortium is committed to the following:
- Student Empowerment: Valuing student voices, perspectives, and experiences of males of color and their communities, which we define as Latino, Black, African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native American
- Collective Knowledge: Leveraging collective knowledge, collaboration, and expertise across sectors who support education
- Culture of Evidence: Creating new knowledge around male students of color through empirical evidence with an asset-based approach
- Educational Achievement: Committing to post-secondary educational completion as a means for success
- Scale and Sustainability: Institutionalizing system-wide equity for male students of color
Goals and Objectives
In conjunction with the leadership of the Advisory Council, the following are the proposed goals for the Consortium: (1) Cultivate and sustain a state-wide P-16 educational professional learning community focused on male students of color across educational sectors (i.e. independent school districts, 2-year colleges, and 4-year institutions); (2) provide development and capacity building for Consortium member institutions in their efforts to serve male students of color; and (3) establish leading research center on Latino males to disseminate research findings and best practices at the local, state, and national level.
GOAL I: Cultivate and sustain a state-wide P-16 educational professional learning community focused on male students of color across educational sectors (i.e. independent school districts, 2-year colleges, and 4-year institutions)
- Strategy 1.1A: Membership committee of Advisory Council oversees/manages this process in conjunction with Consortium
- Strategy 1.1B: Include non-education sector partners (e.g., non-profit organizations, community members, etc.)
- Strategy 1.1C: Target more ISD membership to address the existing underrepresentation of this particular sector in the Consortium
Objective 1.2: Coordinate bi-annual Consortium Institutes and other regional gatherings
- Strategy 1.2A: Continue to support and host bi-annual statewide Consortium Institutes
- Strategy 1.2B: Continue to support and host annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit
- Strategy 1.2C: Support the launching and development of regional meetings/summits led by Consortium institutions and its leaders
Objective 1.3: Establish and develop consistent success metrics for male students of color across education sectors
- Strategy 1.3A: Use existing data and analysis (e.g., site reports, research briefs, published work) to create metrics for success relevant to Consortium member institutions
- Strategy 1.3B: Identify a scorecard and annual report rubric for Consortium member institutions to assess and evaluate their own progress
Objective 1.4: Identify and share best practices across member institutions
- Strategy 1.4A: Develop and maintain an online resource center
- Strategy 1.4B: Host and facilitate professional development webinars
- Strategy 1.4C: Support more tenured members and partners in their efforts to mentor emerging leaders and institutions at their respective regions
Public School Districts
Austin Independent School District
Denton Independent School District
El Paso Independent School District
Ft. Worth Independent School District
La Joya Independent School District
Seguin Independent School District
Alamo Colleges (Palo Alto College; San Antonio College; Northeast Lakeview College; St. Philip’s College
Austin Community College District
Cedar Valley College
College of the Mainland
Del Mar College
El Centro College
El Paso Community College District
Houston Community College System
Laredo Community College
Lone Star College System (CyFair and North Harris)
McLennan Community College
Mountain View College
North Central Texas College
North Lake College
San Jacinto College
South Texas College
Tarrant County College District
Texas Southmost College
Angelo State University
Houston Baptist University
Prairie View A&M University
Sam Houston State University
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-College Station
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
The University of Texas at Austin (Lead Institution)
University of Houston
University of North Texas (Denton)
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas El Paso
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
GOAL II: Provide development and capacity building for Consortium member institutions in their efforts to support male students of color
Objective 2.1: Develop tailored evaluation tools and a rubric for success
- Strategy 2.1A: Identify the development of benchmarks through document analysis, interviews, and site visits and reports
Objective 2.2: Implement resource center & Capacity Building Tools and Activities (CBTA)
- Strategy 2.2A: Conduct and manage pilot efforts with Consortium members
- Strategy 2.2B.: Sustain research-based male students of color focused programs
- Strategy 2.2C: Create a delivery plan (i.e. timeline, staffing, budget, infrastructure, etc.) to implement CBTAs
Objective 2.3: Harness collective expertise from the Consortium members and leaders across the state
- Strategy 2.3A: Leverage founding members’ expertise and knowledge to mentor emerging Consortium institutions
Objective 2.4: Develop permanent resources to be maintained by UT Austin as backbone institution
- Strategy 2.4A: Develop resources that will serve as strategies to broadly disseminate the Consortium’s findings and share best practices through open access technology, annual professional meetings and conferences (outside of this Consortium community) and a monograph publication.
GOAL III: Establish leading research center on Latino males to include other male students of color to disseminate research findings and best practices at the local, state, and national level
Objective 3.1: Create and support a virtual research center
- Strategy 3.1A: Identify appropriate software and/or hub capable of managing large amounts of data and research
- Strategy 3.1.B: Identify key staff to manage and update research center and all of its activity
- Strategy 3.1.C: Continue to produce research publications and present work at national and local conferences, keynotes, workshops, etc.
Objective 3.2: Strengthen and sustain national faculty & research affiliate network
- Strategy 3.A: Identify key members and leadership roles within the affiliates to propel the already existing research work and generate momentum
- Strategy 3.B: Identify venues and platforms for engagement including but not limited to conference convenings, survey data collection, and mutual collaboration on scholarly activity
- Strategy 3.2.C: Host inaugural Symposium for Faculty & Research Affiliates in January, 2018
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is proud to have some amazing funding and institutional partners that support our mission and goals. This support has enabled a solid launch for our Consortium, and it portends positively for things to come.
Consortium Partners Include:
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) has given Project MALES funding and in-kind support since its inception, first under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Vincent, and now under the current leadership of Dr. Leonard Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
The Greater Texas Foundation (TG) has generously provided grant funding to Project MALES from the very beginning which has been essential in the successful execution of our goals to improve the academic and personal success of male students of color in Texas.
Trellis Company (formerly Texas Guaranteed Foundation) has also supported PM from its origins, first awarding Project MALES grant funding to continue the development of the mentorship program, as well as funding to support the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has continued its support of of the Project MALES and the Texas Male Student Leadership Summit. We are thankful for their continuing support throughout the past ten years.
St. David’ Foundation believes that good health is the starting point for everything important in life – family, career, learning, loving and leisure. Since 2017 when we added our new theme of Health and Wellness, St. David’s Foundation has been support of our efforts to making sure that our students are not only educated but living healthy lives.
Our external evaluator for the Consortium is Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor at Texas A&M University. TAMU is also providing the Consortium with in-kind support that will provide for a robust evaluation of all Consortium activities through 2019, and is leading Consortium efforts in the development of CBTA’s (Capacity Building Tools and Activities) to help build the capacity of our Consortium partner institutions.
Alamo Colleges District (ACD) is one of the first community college district wide institutions to join the Consortium. We thank ACD for their leadership in helping Project MALES and the Consortium build our movement to more effectively serve male students of color in Texas.
Tarrant County College District (TCCD) is one of the first community college district wide institutions to join the Consortium. We thank TCCD for their leadership in helping Project MALES and the Consortium build our movement to more effectively serve male students of color in Texas.