Our world needs more men to be agents of change.
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The burden of advocating for communities to be free from gender-based violence has been carried by women, trans, and non-binary people for too long.
We must shift the difficult reality that all men play a role in enabling violence and abuse to one that incites the opportunity all men have to stop it.
We must connect how the rigid gender roles contribute to relationship abuse and gender inequity also hurt men.
This toolkit can help build a pipeline for campus men to leverage their strengths to advocate against violence and for gender equity.
The toolkit includes four sections of resources that build, sequentially:

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Section 1: Gender Concepts
What’s “masculinity” got to do with it?

In order for our Engaging Men initiatives to be meaningful, we–as organizers and educators–need to be clear on our goals:

  • What attitudes and behaviors are we looking to uplift and change?
  • What topics should our programming address?
  • How do we know that what we are doing is working?

In order for us to define the goals of our education and engagement, we must have a clear understanding of “What’s gender & masculinity got to do with it?”

The following tools help define key concepts and frameworks around masculinity:
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Dominant & Counter Narratives of Masculinity Making the Connections: Masculinity, Power, and Inequity Utilizing the Social Ecological Model to Engage Men in the Prevention of DVSAS Culture & Intersectionality in Engaging Men Approaches
Section 2: Planning & Best Practices
I know engaging men is important. Where do I start?

No two campuses are the same–whether rural, urban, faith-based, commuter-based, or serving historically marginalized students. Every single one needs a tailored strategy for Engaging Men.

However, every successful initiative is founded upon core skills and strategic approaches. The following two sections detail best practices, skills, examples, and tools that will lay the foundation for effective men’s engagement on any campus.

Section 3: Initiative Growth
What does sustainability look like?

Hosting a single event is “easy.” Turning one event into two and then embedding ongoing Engaging Men efforts–training; education; recruiting leaders–requires thoughtful strategy and structure.

The following materials provide tools, models, and examples for how to tailor sustainable strategies for Engaging Men across any type of campus.
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Developing Leadership and Organizing Structure for Engaging Men Initiatives Example Initiatives: Phases, Goals, and Activities Gaining Administrative Support for Engaging Men Efforts on Campus
Section 4: Workshop Toolbox
Need tools and materials for programs?

No single curriculum will work for all campuses (although, if you are looking for complete, multi-session curricula, visit our Library). Every campus needs topics and materials to be tailored to their student population.

For these reasons, FUTURES developed a “Toolbox” with activities, videos, talking points, and more across many important Engaging Men topics.

Consider using these materials to:

  • Train CCRT members or peer educators in Engaging Men concepts
  • Develop Engaging Men content for awareness month events
  • Tailor bystander intervention trainings

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Gender-Based Violence  “Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person because of that person’s gender or violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately” (European Commission)