Men's Engagement

Gender-based violence prevention efforts have, in recent years, turned toward engaging men and masculine folks. This approach seeks to address risk factors for gender-based violence perpetration linked to gender norms associated with men and masculinities. In 2018, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center (SAPEC) at the University of Kansas will be launching men's engagement program for men and masculine folks. This eight-week, cohort based program is intended to facilitate dialogue encouraging and challenging participants to critically examine their masculinity in the context of the campus community, discuss the systemic connections between traditional masculinity and gender-based violence, and create personal definitions and counter-narratives to dominant masculinity. This program, which will be named by the inaugural student participants, will engage in in dialogue on the following topics:

  • Defining Masculinity(ies)
  • Social Justice
  • Rape Culture
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Affirmative Consent
  • Men's Accountability
  • Changing Campus Culture

Participant Expectations

  • We are seeking students whose gender identity, expression, and/or biological sex align with man, masculinity, and/or male.  
  • Each cohort of the program has space for up to 12 participants.
  • Participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions, for the full 90 minutes.
  • Participants must be enrolled at the University of Kansas, either as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Participants are expected to complete weekly journal prompts based on personal reflection on the week's discussion, as well as optional, but encouraged, readings provided.
  • Participants will be provided with a physical journal for notetaking, and for prompt responses.  At the conclusion of the eight weeks, participants will be asked to submit their journals to be scanned for assessment, however any participant may opt out completely, or request specific sections and pages not be scanned

Sign up/Nomination

  • If you would like to particpate in this program, feel free to use the nomination form and nominate yourself.
  • If you would like to nominate a student for this program, please complete the nomination form here.
  • If you would like more information on this program, please contact SAPEC staff member Dustin Struble

This program was adapted from NÜ Men, a program developed by the Center for Advocacy Response and Education at Northwestern University.



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