As a part of the University of Iowa Anti-Violence Plan, the university has committed to expanding 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 that is free from gender-based violence. Many initiatives have sprung from this commitment, including the creation of the Men and Masculinities Coalition. Comprised of staff, faculty, community members, and students, members of the coalition share an interest in reshaping masculinity to help prevent gender-based and interpersonal violence.
This past year saw many advances in the goals and mission of this initiative. During this time, the Men and Masculinities Coalition hosted six lunch and learn discussions that provided a space for the University of Iowa and local community to come together to discuss issues currently facing men. These discussions ranged from topics about men’s mental health to how men can help shape sports culture to decrease gender-based violence.
This year marked the second annual What About Me(n)? Summit that focused on how everyone can reshape masculinity to prevent interpersonal violence. The summit consists of workshops, discussions, and a keynote address. This year’s keynote was activist and author of No Ashes in the Fire, Darnell Moore. Around 60 University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff as well as community members attended this year's summit.
In collaboration with University Counseling Service, the Women’s Resource & Action Center, and University Housing & Dining, six small discussion groups were hosted in the residence halls that focused on giving students a chance to discuss current issues surrounding men and masculinities.
This year saw plenty of growth and the coalition is looking forward to new and expanded ideas in the coming year.
2019 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2019 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.