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Aug 13, 2019

Multiple barriers stand between African American and Latino men and college completion. It’s a complex problem that secondary and postsecondary institutions, educators, and policymakers alike have been trying to address, yet finding ways to apply research to practice requires a community-wide effort.

In this episode, Victor Saenz talks about his work as part of the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) Student Fellows Mentoring Program at the University of Texas at Austin – a research and mentoring project focused on learning about and supporting Latino men in the Central Texas community.

**This episode is brought to you by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Recorded May 30, 2019. 


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report
American Council on Education

My Brother’s Keeper

The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes

From the introduction:

Billionaire Robert F. Smith Pledges to Pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019′s Student Loans
The Washington Post (sub. req.) (May 19, 2019)

Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce (2019)
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Testimony of Lorelle Espinosa to the House Science Committee on Achieving a Diverse STEM Workforce


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Lorelle Espinosa is ACE’s vice president for research, where she is responsible for developing the association’s thought leadership and research agenda.

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