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Dr. Victor Saenz

Victor Saenz

Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, and he is a Fellow in the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership (2013-14). He also holds a faculty appointment with the UT Center for Mexican American Studies and is a Faculty Fellow with the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Dr. Sáenz has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has recently co-authored a book on Men of Color in Higher Education (Stylus Publishing). He also has two other book projects underway, including one on Latino males in higher education. His current research on this topic examines their experiences at both two-year and four-year institutions as they navigate their college pathways.

Dr. Saenz has received several notable accolades in his academic career. In 2009 he was named by Diverse Magazine as “One of 25 to Watch” diversity leaders in American higher education. In fall 2010, he was recognized as one of seven “ING Professors of Excellence” among over two thousand faculty members at the University of Texas. Over the years, he has been quoted and cited in numerous news stories, policy reports, and scholarly publications, and his research work on Latino males in higher education continues to gain national attention. He has been a member of several distinguished journal editorial boards in his field, and he is an active member of several national associations focused on higher education issues, including ASHE, AERA, AIR, AAHHE, and TACHE. He has spoken about his research and programmatic work at the White House, on Capitol Hill, at the National Press Club, and at conferences across the country, and he has collaborated with national organizations (including the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the College Board, and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education) on their campaigns to raise awareness about the challenges facing students of color in Education.

Dr. Saenz received his PhD from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change (2005) with a focus on access, equity, and diversity issues in post-secondary education. He was a Spencer Foundation pre-doctoral fellow while at UCLA, where he also completed a Master’s in Education in 2002. He also received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs (1999) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1996) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Saenz was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, and he is proud graduate of La Joya High School.

In fall 2010 Dr. Saenz began an award-winning initiative called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a research and mentoring effort based within DDCE at the University of Texas at Austin. Project MALES has received state and national acclaim due to its innovative intergenerational approach to mentoring young Latino males. In June 2013 the project launched a new statewide initiative called the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. Funded by two new grant awards from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and TG, this new collaborative focuses on improving Hispanic and African American male student success across the state of Texas.

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