More than 200 students from school districts, community colleges and universities across Texas are participating in the third annual Texas Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin. The two-day event is hosted by the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin.
In an effort to prepare male students of color for academic and career success, the two-day summit features an array of professional development workshops, seminars, featured speakers and cultural events. All activities revolve around three themes: college and career readiness, leadership development and brotherhood.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color aims to leverage its members' collective expertise and advance research on best practices to improve educational outcomes for male students of color. The goal of the summit, in large part, is to build a robust social and professional network of male students of color across Texas high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions.
"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."