A robust conversation is needed now more than ever on the topic of masculinity.
National Masculinity Week was created to support and encourage a reconstruction of the ideal of “masculinity” that meets the needs of men today and tomorrow.
National Masculinity Week 2023 will be held October 15-21, 2023
Thousands of years of history have defined masculinity, but the future of masculinities is unwritten.
There was never one singular fixed ideal across all cultures over time, but rather many masculinities, evolving as influenced by societies, religions, stories and civilizations throughout human experience. National Masculinity Week is an investment in the future. This week of programming creates space for men to gather and dialogue about definitions, norms and expectations of masculinities that are, and should be supporting communities of men today and tomorrow.
Below you will find free resources CAMPUSPEAK has created to advance the conversation and support university communities, athletic programs, fraternal organizations, and male leaders engaging in these critical conversations throughout the week. We encourage communities to download and use them to create impactful educational programming.
CAMPUSPEAK HAS 7 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND 1 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP TO HELP SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY’S PROGRAMMING EFFORTS FOR NATIONAL MASCULINITY WEEK.
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.
BE A MAN YOU ADMIRE
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.
UNPACKING THE IMPACT OF MALE HYPERSEXUALITY
College is a time of personal discovery in many ways, including sex. While many abstain many do not. Navigating the landscape of 18-22-year-olds gathered in the same spaces, with social media and instant access to porn, coupled with “raging” hormones need to be talked about.
Unpacking the impact of male hypersexuality is a workshop style program designed to help collegiate males (students and student-athletes) recognize and understand how current sexual choices are correlated with adult male loneliness, stress, and marital satisfaction.
The aim of the presentation is to support institutional and team goals around consent, respect, image, and healthy decision making resulting in men of character who will become solid future husbands and fathers.
RAISING THE BAR
DR. ADI JAFFE
We live in a world where victims of sexual harassment and assault are speaking out and being heard like never before. This new era has revealed exploitation and unjust power dynamics between sexes that’s been going on beneath the surface for centuries. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we have honest and real conversations with students about how this landscape was formed and educate them on how they can use integrity to create change and stop these acts from happening within universities and in the workplace. This keynote challenges men to step up to the plate and play an active role in the prevention of sexual assault using radical transparency, honest explorations, and provocative storytelling.
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 masculinity.
“HYPERMASCULINITY” IN NPHC FRATERNITIES
Dr. Rafael Matos
This interactive program seeks to develop critical perspectives on Black men masculinities related to power, privilege, and oppression by examining the misalignment between behavioral standards and expectations set by their fraternities and their actions. Symbolic interactionism, social identity theory, and media ecology provide a theoretical foundation to understand the influences of popular culture on hypermasculinity in collegiate chapters of NPHC fraternities. Participants will explore how collegiate members of NPHC fraternities renegotiate the behavior standards of their organization by decoding the messages and encoding them with their own meanings.
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.