Boys and young men of color experience many obstacles to success in the United States. In particular, institutions throughout the educational pipeline struggle with the disenfranchisement of Black and Latino males. It is imperative that K-16 educators and leaders understand the challenges these students face in various educational contexts, and are equipped with the tools necessary to provide more equitable opportunities and experiences that will ultimately improve student outcomes.
In The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes, Victor Sáenz (The University of Texas at Austin) and Luis Ponjuán (Texas A&M University) describe a promising initiative that leverages a statewide consortium of partners in Texas to increase awareness and collaboration, support program and policy development, and showcase models of best practice to impact the experiences of boys and young men of color throughout the educational pipeline. In the brief, the authors share insight and lessons learned by consortium members and provide a “Blueprint for Action” with key principles for action steps that educators and leaders can take to support boys and young men of color in secondary and postsecondary institutions.