During the months of May and June, a group of students experienced a summer of a lifetime while participating in Project MALES’ new study abroad program Latinx Identities Across the Americas in Puebla/Cholula, Mexico. The Maymester program introduces students to emergent research on issues of masculinity among Latinx males in K-12 and higher education systems in the United States and Mexico.
Below are a few photo highlights from their day-trips to Puebla/Cholula.
Adventures await! Students get festive with Lucha Libre masks as they travel to Mexico City.
Students, faculty and staff gather for a snapshot at the University of the Americas (Universidad de Las Americas- Puebla), a private university located in Puebla/Cholula.
The group explored ancient cultures and civilizations at famous archeological sites including the Pyramid of the Sun (La Piramide del Sol) in Teotihuacan.
Along their many stops in the culturally rich cities in and around Mexico City, the students visited historic sites and landmarks including the Hotel Real de Naturales. The program is led by Dr. Victor Saenz (pictured front and center), executive director of Project MALES and professor of educational leadership and policy; Dr. Emmet Campos (back row, far left), director of Project MALES and lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts; and Rodrigo Aguayo (first row, far right), Project MALES coordinator and teaching assistant.
Students show their Longhorn pride in front of the Puebla sign located by the International Museum of the Baroque (El Museo Barroco).
More About Project MALES
Established in fall 2010, Project MALES includes three initiatives with national, state and local impact: a research institute that disseminates emerging research on males of color in education, the Texas Education Consortium for Males Students of Color, and a student mentoring program embedded within local school districts. All of the interrelated initiatives work toward helping the state of Texas reach its goals outlined in the 60x30TX plan, which calls for 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 to hold a certificate or degree by 2030.