Men’s Conferences

Men in Action (MIA) Conference


Kirkhof Center, Grand Valley Room

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

October 11, 2013

The GVSU organization Men in Action (MIA) and the GVSU Women’s Center will host the Men In Action conference. This exciting event will take place on Friday October 11th. The purpose of the MIA Conference is to provide men with awareness and knowledge to aid in skill development to spark action aimed at creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
We are excited to announce that our keynote speakers will be Dr. Michael Kimmel and Mr. Byron Hurt.
Dr. Kimmel is a renowned researcher and writer on the topics of men and masculinity has authored such definitive books as Guyland, The History of Men, and Manhood in America: A Cultural History.
Mr. Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. Hurt began his professional film career with I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America. His most popular documentary to date, however, is Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.
Below we have listed some video clips and website information about our MIA speakers to give you a better idea about Dr. Kimmel and Mr. Hurt:
Byron Hurt,
Dr. Michael Kimmel,
Mark your calendars for October 11th and share this information with others that may be interested in attending.
If you have any questions about the conference please feel free to contact Santiago Gayton at or Theresa Rowland at

Registration is free to all GVSU Students, Faculty and Staff and there will be a $25 fee to all outside attendees. Please go here to register for the conference.

Learning objectives: After participating in this training, students will:

  1. Grow in their awareness that their attitudes and beliefs are shaped through male socialization (knowledge and Examination of Structures & systems that impact diverse populations)
  2. Ask questions about male social experiences and seek out answers to these questions (Intellectual and Practical Skills)
  3. Identify personal changes in their awareness and understanding of male socialization/violence against women (Location of self)

Today’s College Man Workshop

University of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia

October 15, 2013

Today’s College Man (TCM) is a one-day workshop designed to bring together student affairs professionals, faculty, and educators of all stripes to discuss ways to help college men engage, persist, and succeed in the college environment and in the larger world beyond the gates of our campuses. Each year’s workshop features leading scholars, practitioners, and researchers in the growing field of men’s gender development who encourage participants to explore how college men make meaning in their world and to help shape society’s perception of men and masculinity.

The conference format includes a keynote address, concurrent sessions, and round table discussions. The workshop allows for sharing and networking among professionals with an interest in helping college men reach their full potential.

2013 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 15

9:30–10:30 a.m. Registration, Robins Tower, 1st Floor of Queally Hall

10:30–10:45 a.m. Welcome, Dr. Joe Boehman, Dean of Richmond College, Auditorium Q162

10:45–11:50 a.m. Keynote Address, Dr. Frank Harris, III, San Diego State University, Auditorium Q162
The keynote will have a strong theory-to-practice connection and will focus on “masculine scripts” and different roles that college men perform.

12–12:45 p.m. Lunch Served, Robins Tower, 1st Floor of Queally Hall, Dining space available in Atrium, Commons Q160, and Patio

12:45–2 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Brand of Brothers: Shifting Paradigms of Masculinity through Messaging, Dr. Joe Boehman, Dean of Richmond College, University of Richmond, BUS Q156
Masculinities are shaped by culture and context. This session will explore how elements of personal branding can be employed to transform college men’s perception of what it means to be a man.

Mentoring and Teamwork in College Athletics, Keith Gill, Director of Athletics, University of Richmond, BUS Q158
The team environment has a tremendous impact on the growth and development of student-athletes. The transition from high school to college for a first year student-athlete is a mental and physical challenge. This session will explore how athletics departments assist student-athletes on their four year journey of growth and discovery. We will discuss the various techniques and concepts that coaches and administrators use to create a culture of comprehensive learning that ensures a student-athlete is prepared for life after college and equipped to handle any situation that may arise.

Academic Achievement and Mentoring: Transition into Adulthood, Roger Mancastroppa, Associate Director of the Academic Skills Center, University of Richmond, BUS Q154
You have mastered the challenges of your life so far, but how do you continue your development as you transition into adulthood?
You have been in pursuit of academic achievement for as long as you can remember. Why is it so important? How can it benefit you beyond the diploma and credentials? What role will your learning play once you have graduated?
If you have a good mentor it is probably easy to become one, right? If you have not had a good mentor, can you still mentor others? What does it mean to mentor someone else, and how can mentoring benefit more than two lives?
In this session we will look at the importance of self-development. If it is to benefit us it must help us become more effective with our life skills and extend into our community.

2:10–3:25 p.m. Round Table Discussions, BUS Q154, BUS Q156, BUS Q158, and BUS 115

3:30–3:45 p.m. Closing, Dr. Steve Bisese, Vice President for Student Development, Ukrops Auditorium Q162