Department Chair and Professor Victor Sáenz Named to Seedling’s ‘Fab Five’

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Victor Sáenz

A Central Texas organization has recognized Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Chair Victor Sáenz and four others for significantly impacting the lives of youth in our community. The Fab Five will be honored at an upcoming benefit for Seedling, a local non-profit that works to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas.

Sáenz was nominated by past Fab Five honorees in recognition of his work with Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a multi-faceted research and mentoring initiative based within the Division of Campus and Community Engagement (DCCE) at the University of Texas at Austin. Project MALES complements Seedling’s mission to provide school-based mentoring so that children will have the opportunity to thrive.

“For years I have been a strong supporter and advocate for Seedling’s mission,” says Sáenz. “I am deeply honored by this recognition, and I am inspired to continue to do my part to advance the mission of this important organization that serves the most vulnerable members of our community.”

In 2019-2020, Seedling provided mentoring for 682 school-aged children in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Pflugerville ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Hays CISD. Seedling also awards scholarships to 8th grade students to use toward their post-secondary education.