Who We Are

MCEL is comprised of Superintendents, District-level administrators, Principals, Asst. Principals, Higher Education administrators, Educational Technology leaders, and members of educational non-profits. 

Our Mission

To develop and support a strong network of male leaders of color who lead fiercely through their authentic selves and lived experiences.  These male leaders of color will join the fight of  ensuring  all students reach their full potential; especially our most marginalized and disenfranchised. 

Our Objectives

Through leveraging our strategies partners and close allies:

  • Provide a safe space for male leaders of color to engage in authentic conversations about the impact of race, gender and implicit bias have on the leadership role of males of color.

  • Support the growth and development of males leaders of color.

  • Support educational institutions to strengthen their leadership pipeline, draft policy and make necessary system shifts to increase the quality and quantity of male leaders of color.

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Harrison Peters

Former Superintendent & National Education Leader

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Steve Gering

National Education Leader and Consultant

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Our Story

Colleagues Harrison Peters and Steve Gering created Men of Color in Education Leadership (MCEL) in 2017 after having many conversations with male leaders of color across the country.  It was clear many male leaders of color were grappling with common issues and were looking for an opportunity to engage with each other.  Harrison and Steve created a space for male educational leaders of color to engage in open and honest discussions around race to solve the unique challenges they face.  MCEL is about providing networking and professional development opportunities to create pathways for male leaders of color to succeed by gaining access to critical seats at the table that allow their voice to bring equity in education.  With an intense focus on increasing the "Quality, Quantity, and Care" of male leaders of color, we are convinced this will lead to significant increases in student success.

MCEL's National Convening
Dec. 3-5, 2021
Tampa, FL