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Twitter Chat: How to get more Latino males pursuing higher education

What more should be done to get young Latino men enrolling in college? NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan talked with Victor Sáenz, executive director & founder of the University of Texas-Austin’s Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) about the program’s efforts to tackle the financial and cultural burdens for Latino men pursuing higher education. This coverage is part of The NewsHour’s 2016 Rethinking College series, examining current challenges in higher education and a component of PBS’ Spotlight Education initiative. Project MALES combines research, mentorship and cultural outreach to assist Latino men attending the University of Texas-Austin with matriculation and retention.

As part of our story, we continued the discussion with a Twitter chat on how this approach can be adapted nationwide to increase the number of young Latino men enrolling in college. We were joined by Victor Sáenz Jorge Gutierrez and Emmet Campos of Project MALES and members of Excelencia in Education, a Latino educational advocacy group based in Washington.

Check out a recap of our discussion below.