The Men’s Project is an eleven-week training that begins in the spring semester. The day and time will be 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 students who identify as men to 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 (see below).
We will select approximately 20 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. We are looking for a diverse group of participants with unique experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Ideal candidates are students who relate well to other’s who identify as men; who are sensitive to issues of gender-based violence; and are open to collective and collaborative learning.
Interested candidates can fill out the application through the link below by Friday, January 28th, 2021.
If you know of men who may be interested, please forward potential candidates’ names and all known contact information to the Men’s Project Facilitators, Ethan Westler and Nathan-Craig Machado.