Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D.
Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds courtesy appointments with the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, and the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute.
Sáenz’s current work advances research-informed best practices and policy solutions that improve educational outcomes for underserved students in education, with a special emphasis on boys and young men of color. In 2010 Sáenz co-founded an award-winning initiative at UT-Austin called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a multi-pronged effort focused on advancing educational outcomes for male students of color (based within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement). Under Project MALES he launched a nationally recognized Student Mentoring Program that partners with local schools to connect undergraduate peer mentors with middle school and high school male students. He also co-created a network of K-12 and higher education institutions called the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color that focuses on advancing educational outcomes for this critical student population. Supported by grants from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF), the Trellis Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation, this statewide collaborative focuses on improving educational outcomes for male students of color across the state of Texas. The Consortium is made up of over thirty institutional partners in K-12 and higher education, and it seeks to align and coordinate existing programs and services that target underrepresented male students across the education continuum.
Kazique J. Prince, Ph.D.
Dr. Kazique J. Prince (pronounced ka-ZEE-kay) is based in Austin, Texas, and is the Global Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at NI, formerly National Instruments. He is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive workforce diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) programs at NI. He leads strategy, program goals, and metrics working with the entire NI organization to promote DEIB through communications, education, and leadership actions. He is also the founder and CEO of Jelani Consulting, LLC, a small business with 15 years of work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in various industries. Dr. Prince developed Djembe: Inspiring Inclusive Connections as a tool to encourage conversations, inspire bravery and vulnerability, celebrate differences, and help navigate diversity, equity & inclusion. Dr. Prince formerly served as the senior policy advisor and education coordinator for City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler with education, equitable economic development, and public safety as well as strategies to dismantle institutional racism and systemic inequities are under his portfolio.
In October 2020, Dr. Prince helped launch the Central Texas Collective for Racial Equity as the Interim Executive Director, a nonprofit association to support, in part, the ongoing efforts continued through the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities which focused on education, health and wellness, finance and banking, real estate and housing, and criminal and civil justice. He also writes and produces Equity Turned Up, a blog and podcast reflecting on a variety of equity and inclusion topics.
Dr. Prince served on the Austin ISD’s Budget Stabilization and School Renaming Task Forces, project manager for the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism & Systemic Inequities, City of Austin’s Equity Action Team, Greater Austin Community Schools Coalition, and Executive Taskforce Committee for the Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative. He previously had appointments as the Advisory Council Chair to Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District, Education Committee Co-Chair for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Texas Diversity Council’s Central Texas Advisory Council, NAACP, and the Austin Area Urban League.