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
- Jorge Segovia, Research and Mentoring Coordinator
- José Del Real Viramontes, Communications Associate
- Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Lead Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Pavitee Peumsang, Research Associate
- Jorge Burmicky, Research Associate
- Rodrigo Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Enrique Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Dr. Claudia García-Louis, Volunteer
- DeAna McCusky, Volunteer
- Dr. Sarah Rodriguez, Volunteer
- Dr. Charles Lu, Volunteer
- Dr. Jenny Smith, Volunteer
- Dr. Michael E. Nava, Volunteer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 471-1781.
Mike Gutierrez, M.Ed, is the program coordinator for the Project MALES 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 2013 from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact Mike 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
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Jorge Luis Rodriguez Jr. is the Lead Site Coordinator for Project MALES. He is a second year Master’s student in Education department with a specialization in College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA). He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a College Adviser for two year with the College Advising Corps. in the Rio Grande Valley area and Austin. He is interested in Student Financial Services, and his research interest include males in Higher Education, low-income students, and equity in education. Contact Jorge by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavitee Peumsang is a research associate for Project MALES. She is a first 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 interests examine postsecondary educational policies and practices that impact access, equity, and degree attainment for low-income, ethnic minority, and underrepresented students with a focus on community college students. Contact Pavitee by email: email@example.com
Jorge Burmicky is research associate for Project MALES, he is a first year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration Program at The University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.A. in International Business from Taylor University and a M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Ball State University. Prior to coming to Project MALES, Burmicky worked at Baylor University as a residence hall director of a first-year all male residence hall. Before coming to Baylor and Texas, he spent four years working in the Office of Admissions at Taylor University, more specifically as an admissions counselor and coordinating the department’s Latino recruitment initiatives. His current research and professional interests include persistence strategies for Latino/a students at PWIs, male and masculinity studies, dialogic pedagogies, and policies to further enhance recruitment and retention of faculty/staff of color. Burmicky is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, which fueled his commitment to higher education and instituting effective policy after seeing the country’s political decay. You can contact Jorge Burmicky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodrigo Aguayo is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for the Project MALES Mentoring Program. He is a first year PHEL student in the Master’s program at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University where he served as a Peer Mentor for Hispanic male students through PACE MAC and the Minority Male Initiative. His research interests include mentoring of Latino students in higher education. Contact Rodrigo by email: email@example.com
Enrique Aguayo is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and worked as a PACE MAC Peer Mentor. He is a first 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 Latino students in higher education, as well as the role of mental health’s impact on their educational success. Contact Enrique by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia García-Louis is the Research Coordinator for Project MALES. García-Louis is a third year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology from Oregon State University and a M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Prior to attending graduate school, García-Louis worked at Linfield College as Director of Multicultural Programs, conducting trainings on social justice, upholding safe spaces, and group facilitation. She plans to conduct research on AfroLatina/o identity development, looking at contextual factors that contribute to their group belonging and identity development. Other research interests include equity and access, AfroLatino identity development, race relations in higher education, Latino male attrition rates in education, graduate students who are also mothers, and education equity.
Contact Claudia by email: email@example.com
DeAna McCusky is a research associate with Project MALES. She is a second year doctoral student in the Program in Higher Educational Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. She has a BS from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include matters related to organizational change for equity and diversity. Contact DeAna by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Rodriguez is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE). She is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Master’s of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her research interests center upon equity, access, and retention issues for Latina/o students in the educational pipeline, with a special focus on the intersections of race and gender for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students.
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Charles Lu, Ph. D., is the Director of Academic Advancement & Innovation at the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his arrival at UT, Dr. Lu conducted cross-cultural research in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Fellowship. Over the years, Dr. Lu has served as a school director, academic coach, and was also the recipient of the 2009 Toyota International Science Teacher of the Year. Contact Dr. Lu by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Smith is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Higher Education Administration at UT-Austin. She is a staff member and lecturer in the College of Natural Sciences. She is the program coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences Peer Leader Academy (PLA) and the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) Academic Peer Mentor Academy. Jenny holds a Master’s of Education in College and University Student Personnel Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research centers on uncovering the undergraduate peer mentor experience, undergraduate peer leadership training, and developing peer leadership models.
Dr. Michael E. Nava, PhD, is an honorary co-founder of Project MALES, and he currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council. He is currently an Assistant Dean of the University College at Texas State University, San Marcos. Before coming to Texas State University, Dr. Nava was the Executive Director of TRIO programs at the University of Texas at Austin (2003-2011). Prior to that he served in various administrative positions (i.e., Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, Program Counselor) at The State University of New York (SUNY) (2003), at The University of Texas at Brownsville (1998 to 2001) and Texas A&M University – Kingsville (1995 to 1998). Dr. Nava has extensive experience providing guidance and direction in creating successful academic support programs aimed at serving first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented college students. As a university administrator with the TRIO Programs for over fifteen years, he has been actively involved and provided leadership in the area of student development and retention programs. Dr. Nava earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2010. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1998.
Project MALES Volunteers (2013-14)