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On Aug. 17-18, 2017, the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color hosted the fourth annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin, and it was a resounding success. Over 300 young men of color and professionals attended, representing school districts, community colleges, and universities from across the state of Texas.
This year our featured keynote speakers were Mr. Ernesto Mejia, co-founder of CoolSpeak and Mr. Corey Tabor, director of Austin LifeGuard. This year we also introduced a fourth theme “Health & Wellness.” Some of the workshops we facilitated under this theme, dealt with framing identity to reclaiming one’s self, restorative practices in schools, and leadership, brotherhood, and family. Our program also highlighted our students and student voice through our featured student panel, which was made up of student representatives from Consortium partner institutions. Additionally, we had a successful professional networking opportunity for our students through our Career and Education Fair, that brought together professional and educational institutions from across the state of Texas.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, partners, presenters, DDCE staff, Project MALES staff, and volunteers who made this 2017 Texas Male Student Leadership Summit a huge success. THANK YOU!
We are less than 24 hours from our Annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit will take place at The University of Texas at Austin on August 17-18, 2017 at the Student Activity Center. This year marks the 4th year that we have hosted our Leadership Summit which is an invite-only event for institutional members of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. The Summit will bring together emerging male student leaders of color, as well as faculty, staff, and administrators from K-12 and higher education institutions from across the state of Texas, who are dedicated to their academic and personal success.
This year our featured keynote speakers will be Mr. Ernesto Mejia and Mr. Corey Tabor, and Mr. Octavious Bishop. Mr. Mejia, a returning keynoter and popular session leader, is a co-founder of CoolSpeak, a youth engagement project that leverages the “cool language” kids speak to design and develop programs and events for youth. Mr. Tabor, currently serves as the Founder and Lead Pastor of Full Life Community Church in Pflugerville, Texas as well as the Director of Austin LifeGuard, the sexual risk avoidance sex and character education program of Austin LifeCare Pregnancy Center. Mr. Bishop, is a native of Houston and graduate of Westfield High School, Bishop has long been an advocate of the mental health and educational needs of at-risk students. From 2008-09 he was the Communities in Schools of Central Texas XY-Zone Coordinator, working with at-risk populations at five Austin area high schools as Male Involvement Program Coordinator. Bishop spent time in NFL camps on free agent contracts with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. After retiring from football, he returned to UT and completed his bachelor’s degree in social work in 2001. He went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Texas in 2008. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Walden University-Minnesota.
Our program this year as always highlights our students and student voice and features two student tracks, a panel of student leaders, student convening, and an arts, poetry and spoken word segment. Our program this year as always highlights our students and student voice and features two student tracks, a panel of student leaders, student convening, and an arts, poetry and spoken word segment.
We look forward to a great event! Stay tuned for our post-summit highlights.
You can view our 2017 featured speakers bios here.
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You can view the 2017 summit program here.