Trellis Company Webinars and Events

Trellis Company offers regular webinars on a variety of topics, including industry trends and issues, financial literacy, Trellis products and services, and professional development topics. You can also immediately watch our previous webinars listed at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Webinars and Events


June 27, 2019


11 a.m. CST


Although students of color have experienced gains in college access and success across the nation, men of color continue to be underrepresented at US postsecondary institutions. When compared to their peers, men of color continue to lag in metrics such as college participation, persistence, and graduation. According to data, men of color often feel disconnected from the institution they attend because of a variety of hurdles ranging from feelings of isolation in their classrooms and limited social-emotional support from faculty and staff to issues related to systemic racism and racial microaggressions.

This webinar will bring together a panel of experts and practitioners who will provide practical approaches to improving the higher education outcomes for men of color. Presenters will share scalable programs and strategies that can help integrate academic and social support services to improve the academic success of men of color.


Emmet E. Campos, Ph.D.Emmet Campos, Ph.D.
Director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color
Dr. Campos directs Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. As Director, Dr. Campos serves as the chief operations officer for all Project MALES and Consortium activities and is responsible for communications and engagement with key partners. Previously, Dr. Campos directed grant-funded initiatives focused on men of color and Latinx student college transfer and completion at the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

Armando PonceMr. Armando Ponce
Executive Director of Student Life and Civility, Texas Southmost College
Mr. Ponce chairs Project G.A.N.A.S, a male of color (MOC) initiative. As chair, he directs and coordinates MOC initiatives at Texas Southmost College (TSC) such as the South Texas Hispanic Male Leadership Summit and the TSC Platicas series. Mr. Ponce is in the process of establishing a TSC mentorship program that will kick off this fall.

Dr. Jerry WallaceJerry Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Director of CPS Advising, Recruitment and Retention, University of Houston Downtown
In the College of Public Service, Dr. Jerry Wallace is responsible for advising degree programs in order to facilitate recruitment, retention and graduation of students from the college. In this capacity, Dr. Wallace also supports Men of Color initiatives at UHD like Men of LEGACI program and Minority Male Success program.

Dr. Michael NavaMichael Nava, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Services, University College, Texas State University
Dr. Nava directs the MALE (Men of Action, Leadership & Excellence) Network. The MALE Network strives to empower, support, and assist minority men of color in creating a strong foundation of success that they can build upon in the years to come. Students who participate in this initiative tend to achieve higher grades, be more academically and socially integrated into campus, and graduate at higher rates.

Manny Gonzalez, Ph.D.Manny Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Senior Institutional Support Consultant and Project Success Operations Lead, Trellis Company
In his current role, Dr. Gonzalez leads efforts to provide consultative services that proactively address student loan default by improving institutional retention, graduation, and stop-out reengagement. Prior to working at Trellis, Dr. Gonzalez served in various higher education policy, advocacy, and student support capacities across the country.


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