Thousands of years of history have defined masculinity.
CAMPUSPEAK is launching National Masculinity Week (NMW) with the intent of changing the narrative nationally.
The goal of National Masculinity Week is to change the national conversation to focus on what it means to be a positive male role model and challenge the unhealthy and harmful aspects of traditional manhood and the mantras that “boys will be boys” or “men will be men.”
National Masculinity Week 2020 will be held October 18-24, 2020.
National Masculinity Week is an investment in the future. NMW will create an opportunity for men to explore healthier norms of masculinity by providing a means of deconstructing traditional definitions of masculinity and exploring how they manifest in society and men’s lives. Throughout the week CAMPUSPEAK will provide resources to advance the conversation and support university communities, athletic programs, fraternal organizations and men engaging in these critical conversations.
Free Campus Resources
Campus Programming Guide
2019 Webinar Recording
CAMPUSPEAK 2019 Masculinity Webinar Slides
Masculinity Webinar References
Reality of Masculinity Poster
Shifting Conversation Poster
Conversation Starters for Men
Editable Event Poster
Hey Man, Are You Okay? Logo
Hey Man, That’s Not Okay! Logo
Partner with Movember
Movember, the world’s leading men’s health charity, is hosting a Big Moustache on Campus (BMOC) challenge for college students who are looking to help change the face of men’s health. Since 2003, MOustaches have raised over $900 million dollars and funded over 1,250 men’s health projects, specifically focused on male cancers, men’s mental health and suicide prevention. To take part in the BMOC and be a part of a global movement, visit Movember.com.
CAMPUSPEAK has six speakers with programs and one Interactive Workshop that focuses on Masculinity. Below are a description of these programs.
Mo-Men-Tum: Changing The Landscape on Modern Masculinity
What makes a man? And what makes a man masculine? These are both questions that pop culture, society, academics, communities, and individuals across the world have been attempting to answer for years. When it comes to masculinity, our conversation is anything but binary. Even with the ever-fluctuating meaning of the term masculinity, Tim Mousseau is convinced of one thing: students want to have conversations on what defines manhood. Even more, they want to understand what it means to express this idea in a positive way.
In this keynote, Tim leads a vulnerable conversation about exploring his masculinity as a male survivor and how traditional values and tropes or masculinity often influence our perceptions. By digging deep into the topics surrounding identity and self-creation, students can clearly see the difference between healthy vs. toxic masculinity.
By connecting personal stories to the audience and giving them a voice, Tim will leave a lasting impact on your students. This program is meant to challenge perceptions while building a welcoming dialogue where everyone can participate.
Being a guy isn’t easy, and it seems like it’s getting harder all the time. Drawing from personal experience as a geek and comic book collector, Dan realized the parallels for masculinity that have existed throughout the decades, continually being shifted and refined. Through the lens of pop culture and some very entertaining and vulnerable stories about his own life, Dan believes we need to move past “boys will be boys” and understand how we can be the real men the world needs.
Sexuality and Masculinity are not the Same
There is a difference between sexuality and masculinity, however, society often emasculates men who do not identify as straight or who do not display hyper-masculine behavior. There are far too many toxic ideas around masculinity and sexual orientation. In the program, Jared explores the comes to ideals around manliness and the unhealthy restrictions on men. He shares his personal journey defining not only his sexuality but his masculinty.
Becoming the “Perfect Man”
We all have a choice. We can either be a source of positivity in our community, or a source of toxicity. Alex is a 4-year Fraternity Member and a 4 year Collegiate Athlete. He’s also an America Ninja Warrior and World Champion lacrosse player. Alex has been around a lot of Masculinity in his life, and he knows that as a Man we have this choice: We can either drag people down or lift people up — and that includes ourselves too. Alex openly talks through how we can better show up for ourselves and others in our lives. He also gives steps we can take to move away from negative and toxic habits in order to be the Men we strive to be. In this honest and open keynote, Alex shares vulnerable, hilarious, and thought-provoking stories as well as real-life tools we can use in our lives to show up as men of character, positivity, and progress for ourselves, our community, and our world.
Men: Work in Progress
The past couple years have been illuminating and important years for men. A call has gone out asking men to be better partners, brothers, classmates, co-workers, teammates, fathers, and feminists. For the first time in human history men are uncomfortable, and that is OK; we are a work in progress.
In this hysterical and deep keynote, James will talk about societal pressures men face and the coping mechanisms typically employed to avoid them. He will create a powerfully reflective space in which attendees will discuss the underlying fears we men have and how they are holding us back from greatness. By the end of the talk, James will have the audience inspired to: hold each other accountable to be more, be understanding and vulnerable with other men, and be better feminists. The vision statement surrounding this conversation is that men, it is more important to be great than it is to be cool.
My Journey to Manhood
In this keynote, Jeremy explores masculinity through the lens of a transgender man. He helps students explore what it means to be transgender and many of the challenges faced by members of the trans community. While outright discrimination is still a certain challenge, most individuals, despite good intentions, do not notice the microaggressions they create. Jeremy helps break down some of the common offenses and removes these barriers to inclusiveness in your community by teaching some important Do’s and Don’ts.
CAMPUSPEAK Interactive Workshop
Explore the societal structures of masculinity and the pressures and challenges students face from these structures and expectations. What does it mean to be a man in today’s society? What expectations do men put on themselves? The Masculinity Project Interactive Workshop encourages students to dive into the societal structures, the pressures that surround masculinity, and how they can combat the challenges they face. Students will learn how to tell stories around how they felt pressured to meet the expectations and standards that society has for men and the effect of those pressures. Participants will also reflect on how they have pushed back against standards and their peers’ responses. Lastly, students will develop action plans on how they can create change in their daily lives, organizations, and communities to break down the societal constructs of masculinity.