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Celebrating Ten Years of Brotherhood and Leadership

Scenes from the tenth annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit
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This summer, Project MALES celebrated its tenth annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit, a two-day event that brings together students, administrators, educators and researchers from schools across the state. Featured below are some moments caught on camera from the big event held on The University of Texas at Austin campus on Aug. 10 and 11. Find more photos in our Flickr album.


Luis Ponjuan, co-founder of Project MALES, shares some words of wisdom at the opening ceremony.

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Students, faculty and staff listen in as Project MALES leaders and guest speakers commemorate the summit’s ten-year anniversary and share some words of inspiration for our next generation of Latino leaders.

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Groups of students show their school pride with cheers and shouts during the welcome session.

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Ernesto Mejia of CoolSpeak leads the keynote panel with several members of Consortium partner institutions.

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Students from partnering schools across the state smile for the camera in between sessions.

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Throughout the summit, participants attended workshops, speaker events and panel sessions that revolved around the themes of leadership, college and career readiness, identity, brotherhood, and health and wellness.

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In between speaker sessions and workshops, participants mixed and mingled with friends and colleagues.

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During workshops and speaker sessions, students put pen to paper, jotting down their goals, lessons learned, and takeaways to carry with them throughout their academic careers.

The goal of the summit is to create a space for students and their allies from across the state to strategize on how to better serve male students of color across Texas high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions. The summit also aims to provide student leaders access to a robust network of academic and professional leaders and role models. Follow the online conversation #TxEdConsortium, and be sure to follow Project MALES via X and Instagram: @projectmales