Back Row: Dr. Victor Sáenz, Jorge Burmicky, Jorge Rodriguez, Daniel Ibarra, Enrique Aguayo, Middle Row: Dr. Emmet Campos. José Del Real Viramontes, Jorge Segovia, Juan Lopez, Rodrigo Aguayo, Dr. Luis Ponjuán. Front Row: Susana Hernandez, Pavitee Peumsang, Leticia Palomin, Claudia García-Louis. Note: Not Pictured Mike Gutierrez.
- Dr. Victor B. Sáenz, Executive Director & Founder
- Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Co-Founder
- Dr. Emmet Campos, Director
- Mike Gutierrez, Program Coordinator (Project MALES)
- Jorge Luis Rodriguez Jr., Program Coordinator (TRCMSC)
- Jorge Segovia, Research and Mentoring Coordinator
- José Del Real Viramontes, Communications Associate
- Pavitee Peumsang, Research Associate
- Jorge Burmicky, Research Associate
- Rodrigo Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Enrique Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Leticia Palomin, Research Associate (TECMSC)
- Susana Hernandez, Research Associate (TECMSC)
- Juan Lopez, Research Associate (TECMSC)
- Oscar Duran, Summer Intern (San Diego State University)
Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Faculty Fellow with the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Mexican American Studies. Dr. Sáenz has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and also has three book projects underway, including one on Latino males in higher education (Stylus Publishing). His current research on this topic examines their experiences at both two-year and four-year institutions as they navigate their college pathways.
Dr. Sáenz has received several notable accolades in his young academic career. In 2009 he was named by Diverse Magazine as “One of 25 to Watch” diversity leaders in higher education. In fall 2010, he was recognized as one of seven “ING Professors of Excellence” among over two thousand faculty members at the University of Texas. Over the years, he has been quoted and cited in numerous news stories, policy reports, and scholarly publications, and his research work on Latino males in higher education continues to gain national attention. He is a member of two distinguished editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals in his field, and he is an active member of several national associations focused on higher education issues, including ASHE, AERA, AIR, AAHHE, TACHE, and the College Board.
Dr. Sáenz received his PhD (2005) and a Masters degree (2002) from UCLA in Higher Education & Organizational Change. He also holds a Master’s degree (1999) from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sáenz was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
Luis Ponjuán, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Project MALES. He joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in fall 2012 as an associate professor of Higher Education Administration. Dr. Ponjuán earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education with concentrations in Quantitative Research Methodology and Organizational Behavior and Theory from the University of Michigan. His Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from The Florida State University and his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of New Orleans.
Emmet E. Campos, Ph.D., currently directs Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. As Director, Dr. Campos serves as the chief operations officer for all Project MALES and Consortium activities and is responsible for communications and engagement with key partners. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he directed grant-funded initiatives focused on men of color and Latina/o students college transfer and completion at the Center for Community College Student Engagement, served as Project Director for the Institute for Community, University, and School Partnerships and has taught at UT Austin, St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College. Please contact Dr. Campos by email at email@example.com or by phone at (512) 471-1781.
Mike Gutierrez, M.Ed, is the program coordinator for the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. He served as a graduate assistant for Project MALES from 2013-2015 and has worked at UT Austin since 2009 as a student. He completed his Master’s in Education in the College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) program in Spring 2015 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology in Spring 2013 from the University of Texas at Austin. Mike’s research interests include Latinx first generation students, student success initiatives and the role of mentoring in the success of students of color. Contact Mike by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorge Luis Rodriguez Jr. is the program coordinator for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. He served as a graduate assistant for Project MALES from 2015-2017. He received his Bachelors from UT Austin in Economics in the Spring of 2013. Shortly after he joined Advise TX and served as a College Adviser in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin Region. He returned to UT and completed his Master’s in Education in the College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) program in Spring 2017. Jorge’s research interests include minorities in Higher Education, low-income students, and equity in education. Contact Jorge by email: email@example.com
Jorge Segovia, Jr. is the Research and Mentoring Coordinator for the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program and the Graduate Adviser for the Project MALES Student Organization. He has been a part of Project MALES for the past three years, serving in various roles throughout his including Mentoring Specialist and Lead Mentoring Site Coordinator. He recently completed his Master’s in Education with a specialization in College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) at The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2014, and is starting his Doctorate Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) this upcoming fall. His research interests focus on Latino males in higher education, as well as the role of mentorship. Contact Jorge by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
José Del Real Viramontes is the Communications Associate for Project MALES. He is a third year doctoral student in Cultural Studies in Education at UT Austin. He holds a M.A in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. His research interests include evaluating the transfer receptive culture at public flagship universities for Chicana/o Latina/o community college students Contact José by email: email@example.com
Pavitee Peumsang is a research associate for Project MALES. She is a second year doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) at the University of Texas at Austin. Pavitee earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies and a M.A. in Education with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interest explores how educational leaders could transform systems for racial equity and inclusion through a community-based equity approach, particularly within the community college sector. Contact Pavitee by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorge Burmicky is graduate research associate for Project MALES and a second year doctoral student in the Program of Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) at UT Austin. He received a B.A. in International Business from Taylor University and a M.A. in Student Affairs from Ball State University. Before coming to Project MALES Jorge spent a combined nine years working in Admissions, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Activities. His research interests include career trajectories for Latinos in higher education.You can contact Jorge Burmicky at email@example.com
Rodrigo Aguayo is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for the Project MALES Mentoring Program. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University with a minor in Criminal Justice. Currently, Rodrigo is a second-year Master’s student in the College and University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to being a Mentoring Site Coordinator, Rodrigo is a Teaching Assistant for the Project MALES Introducing Males through Peer Advising College Track (IMPACT) Service Learning Course at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on Latino, first-generation, students in higher education. Contact Rodrigo by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrique Aguayo is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES Student Mentoring Program where he supports a team of undergraduate students from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Texas State University. He is a second year Master’s student in the College and University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interest include Latina/o students in higher education, as well as the role of mental health on their educational success. Contact Enrique by email: email@example.com
Leticia Palomin is a doctoral student in the Educational Administration & Human Resource Development (EAHRD) program at Texas A&M University. She is currently a graduate research assistant for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color Consortium under the supervision of Dr. Luis Ponjuan. Her research interests include the experiences of first-generation undergraduate and graduate students at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs), financial aid literacy, and Latina/o familial involvement in higher education. Contact Leticia by email at:: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Hernandez is a graduate research assistant and PhD student at Texas A&M University in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. She is also a part of the the external evaluation team for the Consortium. Prior to arriving at A&M, Susana worked five years at the University of Houston- Clear Lake as the Assistant Director of Intercultural Student Services. Her research interests include the access and retention of underrepresented student populations (e.g. first-generation, students of color, undocumented students), and the impact of higher education policies on students and faculty of color. Susana earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Chicano Studies from the University of Wyoming and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. Contact Susana by email at: email@example.com
Juan Lopez is a second-year doctoral student in the department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development (EAHRD) with a focus on Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar Alumni and a recipient of the Lanzate Scholarship via the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, California. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science with a minor in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as well as an M.Ed in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), with a graduate portfolio in Mexican American & Latina(o) Studies. While at UT-Austin, Juan worked with Project MALES, helping and leading the efforts of the mentoring project both at the university and local community. He is currently a Research Assistant for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color and for Dr. Luis Ponjuan’s IDEAL Research team. His research interests are on Latinx male students, their retention and attrition rates as well as the effect that bilingual and monolingual education has on the academic experiences of these Latinx males across a P-20 pipeline. Contact Juan by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Duran is a research assistant for the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University where he is a transfer student in his senior year. His BA degree concentration is in the Social Sciences in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Social Change. Currently, he is a summer research intern for Project M.A.L.E.S. He is planning to apply into the CUSPA (College & University Student Personnel Administration) Master’s program at UT Austin as one of his potential graduate school options for the Fall of 2018, and take on a research assistantship opportunity with Project M.A.L.E.S. Contact Oscar by email at, email@example.com
Project MALES Volunteers
Dr. Claudia Garcia-Louis
Dr. Sarah Rodriguez
Dr. Charles Lu
Dr. Jenny Smith
Dr. Michael E. Nava