Back Row: Enrique Aguayo, Wonsun Ryu, Dr. Victor Sáenz, Jorge Rodriguez, Dr. Emmet Campos. Middle Row: Rodrigo Aguayo. José Del Real Viramontes, Mike Gutierrez, Jorge Burmicky. Front Row: Myra Barrera, Danielle Marie Zaragoza, Pavitee Peumsang, Armando Tellez, Edgar Fidel Lopez.Note: Not Pictured Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Leticia Palomin, Susana Hernández, Juan Lopez.
- 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)
- José Del Real Viramontes, Communications Associate
- Pavitee Peumsang, Research Associate
- Jorge Burmicky, Research Associate
- Wonsun Ryu, Research Assistant
- Myra Barrera, Research Associate
- Rodrigo Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Enrique Aguayo, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Armando Tellez, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Danielle Marie Zaragoza, Mentoring Site Coordinator
- Edgar Fidel Lopez, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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: 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
Wonsun Ryu is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Educational Administration and a third year doctoral student in the Program of Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) at The University of Texas at Austin. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Handong Global University in South Korea and a Master of Education degree from UT Austin. Prior to entering the doctoral program at UT Austin, Wonsun worked as a research associate for the Engineering Education and Innovation Project and also served as a curricular program coordinator for engineering students at Handong Global University. He also served as a team assistant for the evaluation on engineering curricular programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea. His research interests include college enrollment, retention, and degree completion. He is interested in investigating institutional factors contributing to student success and institution’s assessment methods to understand best practices related to effective policy implementation. Contact Wonsun by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Myra Barrera is a research associate for Project MALES and a first year doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) at the University of Texas at Austin. Myra earned a B.A. in English with a secondary teaching certification and M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Rhetoric & Composition from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her current professional and research interests include college readiness, transition, persistence, and retention initiatives and strategies for first-generation/low-income Latinx students as well as secondary/postsecondary partnerships. Contact Myra by email: 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
Armando Tellez is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. 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. Armando earned his Associates Degree from East Los Angeles Community College and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a McNair Scholar, his undergraduate thesis examined how one model continuation high school reengaged Latino males toward graduating form high school. While Armando’s research interests are evolving, he is interested in how postsecondary educational policies and practices impact access for incarcerated juveniles, particularly young men of color.
Danielle Marie Zaragoza is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES. She is a first year Master’s student in the Education department with a specialization in College & University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Texas Tech University in 2016. Prior to enrolling in the Master’s program at UT Austin, she spent her time working as a reading teacher in Houston before working in Admissions for a private university in Austin. Her current research interests include equity in higher education, access and success for minority and low-income students. Her career aspirations include conducting research to influence higher education policy as well as advocating for minorities in higher education. Contact Danielle by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edgar Fidel Lopez is a first-year Master’s student in the Educational Administration Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Edgar is a Mentoring Site Coordinator for the Project MALES Student Mentoring Program. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a Gates Millennium Scholarship Recipient from an urban immigrant background, Edgar overcame a multitude of challenges in order to successfully complete his undergraduate education at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Edgar double majored in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies and completed a minor in Education. His personal experiences with various layers of structural inequality shaped his desire to focus his research on Latino student success in high school and higher education, poverty and urban schooling, academic tracking and school-to-prison pipeline, and increasing Latino retention and graduation rates through mentorship. Edgar has dedicated his entire educational career to the promotion of educational equity, and he has successfully overcome many of the educational obstacles which most students study just in theory. Contact Edgar by email at: Edgarfidellopez@gmail.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:: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project MALES Volunteers
Dr. Claudia Garcia-Louis
Dr. Sarah Rodriguez
Dr. Charles Lu
Dr. Jenny Smith
Dr. Michael E. Nava