The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color is hosting its second annual UT Male Student Leadership Summit at The University of Texas at Austin on August 13-14th. The Consortium is a statewide network of school districts, community colleges and public universities that was launched in 2013. The consortium works toward leveraging their collective expertise and advancing research on best practices to improve educational outcomes for male students of color.
The two-day summit is designed to build fellowship among consortium member institutions and bring together emerging student leaders from across the state of Texas. The agenda will focus on building leadership, networking and career skills among young men of color enrolled at consortium institutions across the state.
The summit will feature two workshop tracks: a professional track focused on best practices and research dissemination on men of color, and a student track featuring workshops on leadership and career development. Keynote speakers include: Ernesto Mejia, vice president and CSO for Coolspeak; Daron Roberts, executive director of the UT Austin Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation; and Dr. Teresa Granillo, executive director of Con Mi Madre.
“The UT Male Student Leadership Summit is a convening of our consortium institutional partners and students” said Dr. Victor B. Sáenz, Executive Director of the Consortium and an Associate Professor at UT-Austin. “This event seeks to build a robust social and professional network of male students of color across high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions in the state of Texas.”
“The opportunity gap for young men of color is the crisis of our time,” said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement at UT Austin “These young men are more likely to attend underserved and under-resourced schools and share a number of race-based and socioeconomic obstacles to higher education. Narrowing the gender gap for educational attainment among students of color is not just a statewide priority but also a national imperative, and we are honored that we can support this cause.”
“We are honored that UT Austin is hosting this event for a second year, an event which has gathered the attention of the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. This summit is certain to build a strong legacy of engaged male student leaders across the state of Texas,” Sáenz said.
The summit is closed to the public. Media are invited.
Funding for the consortium comes from multiyear grants through the Greater Texas Foundation and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG). To learn more about the consortium, please visit our website: http://diversity.utexas.edu/projectmales/texas-education-consortium-for-male-students-of-color/.