Latino Male Symposium to Focus on Educational Attainment of Latinos

Event: The University of Texas at Austin Latino Male Symposium

When: Friday, May 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Cneter, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

Background: Early in 2010 the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center issued "The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color," a report connecting the disparate educational outcomes of young men with frightening statistics about unemployment, poverty and incarceration. In short, it revealed the lack of success that men of color are experiencing as they traverse the education pipeline in the United States. Latino males have the lowest high school graduation rates and lowest college enrollment and completion rates of any subgroup.

The May 4 symposium is part of the 26th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and is the fifth in the series of presentations. It will feature roundtable discussions led by representatives from colleges and community organizations from across the state and a keynote address by Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

This event is free and open to the public, but participants must RSVP online.