On October 28-30, 2016, Dr. Emmet Campos Director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color along with UT Austin Project MALES undergraduate student mentors, Nalisia Greenleaf, Estela Lopez, and Angel Ortiz participated in the 2016 National Leadership Institute, in San Antonio Texas.
The three-day leadership institute hosted by the ¡Adelante! U. S. Education Leadership Funds was made up of speaker panels and workshops, resume-building activities, networking opportunities, and a Career Fair conducted by corporate, motivational, and educational leaders designed to inform, empower, and motivate Latina/o college students. Students had the opportunity to learn and network with educators and professionals in a variety of fields and gain advice on the importance of effectively planning and preparing for the succeeding in higher education and in the job market.
Dr. Campos also participated in a panel session titled: “Hermanos Unidos: Initiatives, Challenges, and Perspectives for Latino/x Male Success,” where he shared the work that Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium is doing on behalf of young male students of color in Texas. Nalisia, Estela, and Angel, were selected due to their leadership and commitment with our Project MALES mentorship program to attend student breakout sessions on a variety of topics including; academic preparedness, social entrepreneurship, and knowing your talents, values and goals for student advancement. In addition, these student leaders also had the opportunity to participate in professional development activities offering resume review, mock interviews, career advice, and executive coaching.
We would like to thank ADELANTE and the University Leadership Network at the University of Texas for their generous funding that supported our undergraduate student mentors to attend this year’s leadership institute.