Michael Singh

The cultural production of the Latino male role model: Male mentorship programs and the discursive and embodied Latino male educator

Concerns for the educational achievement and wellbeing of boys of color in schools has led to an increasing call for men of color to enter schools as teachers and mentors. My dissertation research is an ethnographic case study of Hermanos Unidos[1], a Latino male mentorship program created through a partnership between El Concilio, a Latinx community organization, and the Bahía Unified School District. This research explores the ideological forces informing the increasing call for more Latino male teachers and mentors as a solution to the poor educational performance of Latino boys in school. Included in this case study will be participant observations done with Latino male mentors to provide a detailed account of the ways these discourses construct and frame the cultural performance of the Latino male educators and the ways these formations are resisted or embodied. My study draws on an array of critical gender and race theories, and speaks to not just the topic of Latino male achievement, but has larger implications regarding the cultural politics of Latino masculinity and the complexity Latino male subject formation.

[1] Pseudonyms have been assigned to the name of the program, school district, and individuals involved in the study.