Men and Masculinities

As part of the University of Iowa Anti-Violence Plan, the university is committed to expand and coordinate its efforts in mobilizing and engaging male-identified students, staff, faculty, and community partners to work as allies with all genders to create a culture of respect free from gender-based violence. 

Midwest Symposium on Men's Leadership & Accountability Around #MeToo

Join national and international thinkers, writers and practitioners to discuss strategies and approaches to reducing and eliminating male violence.

Monday, January 28, 2019 5:00-8:30 pm

Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319

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Lunch and Learn Series

The Men and Masculinities Task Force will host a monthly series of educational discussions that will examine men, masculinity, and how to engage men in creating a safer community for all. The locations will rotate and the topics will change from month to month and will feature various experts in different fields. 

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Authentic Masculinities Discussion Group

What does it mean to be a "college guy?" This discussion group, aimed at examining what it means to be a man in today's college culture and how we can reshape masculinity to be more authentic. We'll discuss the ways cultural norms and practices restrict the ways men behave, limit the kinds of relationships they can have, and impact their mental and physical health. 

Although this group will focus on male socialization, students of all gender are encouraged to attend. 

The three part series will start on September 26th at 5pm in the Catlett Seminar Room. Pizza will be provided!

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Hawk Talks Authentic Masculinity Discussion Groups

University Housing & Dining has implemented a new residential curriculum, the Residence Education Model.  The model is designed to improve living on campus at the UI and advance the responsibility of the students.  Resident Assistants focus on getting to know their residents as individuals rather than lumping them into groups.

The program is committed to helping students achieve three main goals:

  • Learning about Self
  • Discovering Relationships
  • Engaging in Community

Resident Assistants have a set of discussion points focusing on authentic masculinity.   These include a series of discussions about:

  1. What is means to be a man in college, the pressures that exist, and the messages about masculinity and the impacts
  2. How being a man impacts college experiences, perceptions of relationships with other men and unwritten rules for men in college
  3. What has been learned about masculinity this semester, how relationships with men could be improved and how learning about gender norms could continue