The Men’s Project is an eleven-week training that begins in February. The day and time is determined by participant availability.
The program is supported by the UConn Women’s Center and the Asian American Cultural Center, whose staff serve as advisors and support for this initiative. The goal of The Men’s Project is to train male-identified students who will then positively influence their peers by challenging social norms that promote gender-based violence; understanding their connection to survivors of gender-based violence; and role modeling effective bystander interventions. The weekly meetings will focus on topics related to gender socialization, masculinities, social justice and gender-based violence. Previous year’s participants shared that the program was transformative, challenging, and that after the program their implementation of bystander intervention strategies greatly increased.
We will select approximately 20 male-identified students for this initiative. The purpose of the project is to identify and train individuals who may be seen as having influence with their peers. However, all male-identified students are encouraged to apply. We are looking for a diverse group of participants with unique experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Ideal candidates are students who relate well to other men; who are sensitive to issues of gender-based violence; and are open to collective and collaborative learning.
If you are interested or know of men who may be, please forward potential candidates’ names and all known contact information to Lauren Donais, Violence Against Women Prevention Program Coordinator.