The Silent Crisis: Latino Males in theEducational PipelineProfessional Development Day             2012         Sarah Rodr...
Project MALESProject MALES (Mentoring to AchieveLatino Educational Success) is a research-based mentoring initiative at Th...
3Introduction to the Latino Male      Educational Crisis
4        Understanding the Continuing                   Crisis  Stealth    • Many are unaware of the depth of the gender  ...
Latino Males & College                 Enrollment                   Figure 1b. College Enrollments by                Race ...
Gender Gap Continues in Higher                  Education: Latina/o Bachelor’s Degree                                Attai...
Latino Males and College             Enrollment                            Role of Family in       Success of Latinas Adju...
Research Design
Qualitative Research Design K-12: 3 sites Community College: 6 sites 4-Year: 2 Semi-structured interviews with  admini...
Findings
Finding #1: Administrator Awareness of the Latino Male Achievement Gap Varied Greatly Awareness   as a continuum Nationa...
“I think that if faculty and staff and even  our students knew about the crisis about  Hispanic males and how many of thes...
Finding #2:Administrators aware of theLatino male achievement gapoften met resistance inpromoting awareness andgarnering s...
“…the first question that came aboutwas, „Well, what about women? Dontwomen have it harder?‟ Thats firstthing that came ou...
Finding #3: Overall, fewresources are dedicated tospecifically promoting theachievement of Latino males. Focus  on servin...
“I dont specifically focus on Latino malesor Latino females. I focus on the kids.”     - Administrator, male“I think there...
Recommendations
Recommendations:Finding #1, AdministratorAwarenessAwareness See the Latino male educational crisis as an  issue for EVERY...
Recommendations:Finding #2, Administrators MeetingResistanceKnowledge Is Key Disseminate research Frame positively Exam...
Recommendations:Finding #2, Administrators MeetingResistanceRole Models Matter Recruit faculty/staff Recruit and retain ...
Recommendation #3: Finding 3,Limited Resources for LatinoMalesInstitutional-wideContinued partnerships with local  ISDs t...
SAVE THE DATE!    MAY 4, 2012ETTER HARBIN ALUMNI      CENTER                      22
23              Discussion1.   Should we be focusing on Latino     males as a subgroup? Why or why     not?2.   What best ...
Contact information:   Website: www.projectmales.org   Email: projectmales@gmail.com   Speakers’ Emails:    ◦ Sarah Rod...
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  • For the administrators that we interviewed, the level of awareness of the Latino male achievement gap varied greatly from administrators demonstrating a very high level of awareness to those administrators who had little cognizance of the issue. Therefore, we view awareness as a continuum, not a “yes” or “no” scenario. Many administrators suggested that this issue may not even be “on the radar”. Administrators who were aware of the issue were affiliated with diversity initiatives, were familiar with institutional and national enrollment and success trends One administrator at Lone Star Community College said that his awareness came after comparing data between Latino males & females. The numbers spoke volumes to the rates for which they were being retained and graduating.
  • Silent Crisis: Latino Males in the Educational Pipeline

    1. 1. The Silent Crisis: Latino Males in theEducational PipelineProfessional Development Day 2012 Sarah Rodriguez Katie Pritchett Jennifer Estrada 1
    2. 2. Project MALESProject MALES (Mentoring to AchieveLatino Educational Success) is a research-based mentoring initiative at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin that createsand cultivates a network of Latino malestudents at the university, within localschool districts, and throughout thesurrounding communities.www.projectmales.org 2
    3. 3. 3Introduction to the Latino Male Educational Crisis
    4. 4. 4 Understanding the Continuing Crisis Stealth • Many are unaware of the depth of the gender Issue gap; It’s a SILENT CRISISSkeptics & • Some are unwilling to discuss; some find itNaysayers counter-productive College • Latina women represent 61% of the total numberenrollment of Latina/o students enrolled in higher education • In 2009, Latino males represented only 37% of the Degree 91,147 associate’s degrees awarded to Latina/o studentsAttainment • Latino males represented only 39% of the 120,722 Latina/o bachelor’s degrees earned
    5. 5. Latino Males & College Enrollment Figure 1b. College Enrollments by Race & Gender (Among all 18 to 24 year olds within group) 100 90 80 70 60Percent 50 46.1 40 28.2 30 29.5 20 20.7 10 14.8 0 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 Latino Males Latina Females White Males White Females 5
    6. 6. Gender Gap Continues in Higher Education: Latina/o Bachelor’s Degree Attainment (1977 – 2009) 80 Thousands 70 56.3% 60 diff. 50 # of BAs 40 30 20 10 0 Latina Females Latino MalesSource: Knapp, L.G., Kelly-Reid, J.E., and Ginder, S.A. (2010). Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in the United States: Fall2009, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2008–09, and 12-Month Enrollment: 2008–09 (NCES 2010-161). U.S. Department of Education.Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved September 1st, 2010, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch. 6
    7. 7. Latino Males and College Enrollment Role of Family in Success of Latinas Adjusting to College Adjustment should be examined (Social capital) more closely• Males have • Family unit plays a • Self efficacy problems with major role in “Help-seeking adjustment, coping • High degree behaviors” (Gloria et abilities, and aspirations al., 2009, etc.) persistence in college for Latina/o• Difficulty in finding students • What can we learn safe spaces or a from this research sense of community literature• Cultural mismatch & feelings of isolation
    8. 8. Research Design
    9. 9. Qualitative Research Design K-12: 3 sites Community College: 6 sites 4-Year: 2 Semi-structured interviews with administrators, faculty, and staff Focus groups with Latino male undergraduate students 9
    10. 10. Findings
    11. 11. Finding #1: Administrator Awareness of the Latino Male Achievement Gap Varied Greatly Awareness as a continuum National vs. Institutional trends Proximity to issue in daily work Responsibility vs. Resources No Full Cognizance “Keenly aware & “Not on the called to radar” action”
    12. 12. “I think that if faculty and staff and even our students knew about the crisis about Hispanic males and how many of these students are not progressing, they are not being retained, they are not graduating; then I think there would be more of a movement toward providing assistance and creating…initiatives that will change our campus and bring everyone together about this issue so it would expand awareness.” - Administrator, male“We don‟t even acknowledge it because to acknowledge something means that you have to do something about it. So we won‟t acknowledge it”
    13. 13. Finding #2:Administrators aware of theLatino male achievement gapoften met resistance inpromoting awareness andgarnering support. Financial restraints “Not a problem here” Will be a detriment to other “causes”
    14. 14. “…the first question that came aboutwas, „Well, what about women? Dontwomen have it harder?‟ Thats firstthing that came out of their mouths…wehave to be sort of sensitive ...” - Administrator, female“Theres not a huge learning gap thatexists between the subgroups. I meanone or two points but its notsignificant..” - Administrator, male 14
    15. 15. Finding #3: Overall, fewresources are dedicated tospecifically promoting theachievement of Latino males. Focus on serving all, rather than subgroups Latino-centered programming, rather than Latino male specific Some campuses formed initiatives and/or programming
    16. 16. “I dont specifically focus on Latino malesor Latino females. I focus on the kids.” - Administrator, male“I think there is just a fear, or areluctance, to really have targetedoutreach towards Black and Latino males.I don‟t know if people are worried about abacklash. I could care less about that, butwe have got to do a much better job ofmeeting the needs of that population.” - Administrator, male 16
    17. 17. Recommendations
    18. 18. Recommendations:Finding #1, AdministratorAwarenessAwareness See the Latino male educational crisis as an issue for EVERYONE Know your school’s demographic dataAwareness to Action Investment from key leaders on campus Internal and external messaging Programs with “Men in Mind” • Strategic Advising • First-year programs • Faculty & peer mentoring programs
    19. 19. Recommendations:Finding #2, Administrators MeetingResistanceKnowledge Is Key Disseminate research Frame positively Examine existing resources Form partnerships Seek institutional investment
    20. 20. Recommendations:Finding #2, Administrators MeetingResistanceRole Models Matter Recruit faculty/staff Recruit and retain quality Latino male faculty/staff Recruit Latino male students as classroom and community leaders
    21. 21. Recommendation #3: Finding 3,Limited Resources for LatinoMalesInstitutional-wideContinued partnerships with local ISDs to increase the transitions, participation, and academic success of Latino MalesContinued research and monitoring of Latino male achievement for targeting needs
    22. 22. SAVE THE DATE! MAY 4, 2012ETTER HARBIN ALUMNI CENTER 22
    23. 23. 23 Discussion1. Should we be focusing on Latino males as a subgroup? Why or why not?2. What best practices have you seen or used for Latino males (classroom, student involvement, organizations)?3. Do you think that upper-level administrators on your campus are aware?4. What was your level of awareness before coming? Now?
    24. 24. Contact information: Website: www.projectmales.org Email: projectmales@gmail.com Speakers’ Emails: ◦ Sarah Rodriguez - rodriguezsarah727@gmail.com ◦ Katie Pritchett - katie.pritchett@mail.utexas.edu ◦ Jennifer Estrada - jennifer.estrada86@gmail.com 24
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