KU Men's Action Project

Sexual violence prevention efforts have, in recent years, shifted from engaging men and masculine folks as potential offenders to engaging them as allies and leaders in violence prevention. This approach seeks to address risk factors for sexual violence perpetration linked to gender norms associated with masculinity. In 2019, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center (SAPEC) at the University of Kansas launched the KU Men's Action Project. This multi-week program is intended to facilitate dialogue that encourages participants to critically examine the connections between unhealthy masculinity and sexual violence. Through this process, participants will create personal definitions healthy masculinity and identify ways in which they can change campus culture for the better. This program, will engage in in dialogue on the following topics:

  • Men and Masculinities
  • Sex, Gender, and Desire
  • Social Justice
  • Racism and Rape Culture
  • Feminism and Gender Equity
  • Men and Violence
  • Mental Health and Emotional Intelligence
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Men's Accountability & Taking Action

Participant Expectations

  • We are seeking students whose gender identity, expression, and/or biological sex align with man, masculine, and/or male.  
  • Each cohort of the program has space for up to 12 participants.
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions, for the full two hours.
  • 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 and other assignments provided.
  • Participants will be provided with a physical journal for notetaking, and for prompt responses.  At the conclusion of the ten 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

KU Men's Action Project was featured in an article and segment by NPR entitled "On a Kansas College Campus, A Search For a 21st-Century Sense of Masculinity."

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

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