Statewide Collaborations Aimed at Reversing Drop-Out Rates Among Latino/Minority Males

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FACE’s grassroots models have become a resource in policy and research efforts to stem a major challenge in Texas and nationally— the relative invisibility of males in higher education. Dr. Victor Sáenz of UT Austin and Dr. Luis Ponjuan of Texas A&M University Bryan have been addressing the issue through their research and the launch of Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) with a symposium in 2011. FACE participated in the symposium.

In August 2012, FACE president, Alphonso Rincón, was the first of four presenters for a national webinar on the issue of minority males, co-hosted by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP).

In December, FACE teamed with Coastal Bend Partners for College & Career Readiness (the region’s P-16 Council) to create the Males Achieving Success (MÁS) Alliance. MÁS aims at aligning educational, business, and community resources in South Texas to address the issue of minority male underachievement in K-12 and college. Dr. Sáenz was on hand at MÁS’s kick-off workshop in early February.

In 2013, FACE will continue collaborating with Project MALES and will work on models and contributions to address father engagement and its role in raising the achievement of male students. Stay tuned!