Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) will give the opening keynote address at the UT-Austin Male Student Leadership Summit at 1 p.m. CT on Friday, June 27.
Davis will share the latest information about President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which was launched in February and recently released Opportunity for All: My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action report, a set of initial recommendations and a blueprint for action to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and help all young people succeed and reach their full potential. Davis will also discuss best practices for educating and empowering male students of color.
Hosted by the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, the two-day leadership summit is bringing together student leaders and educators from across the state to focus on building leadership, career development and networking skills among young men of color. Launched a year ago, The Consortium is a state-wide collaboration of two-year and four-year institutions and school districts working together to improve Hispanic and African American male student success.
President Obama has also proposed a new initiative called Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity (RTT-Opportunity) as part of his budget request, to create incentives for states and school districts to drive comprehensive change in how states and districts identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps.