Men’s resiliency aims to promote a positive and healthy collegiate experience for male-identified students. We strive to increase mental and physical wellness while encouraging a proactive approach to healthier living. Men’s resiliency challenges cultural male-normative expectations of masculinities with the goal of creating a healthier campus environment for all.
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back through problem solving and the ability to own our decisions. Being self-reliant does not reduce one's ability to be resilient, as long as we can recognize when we need help and we seek the necessary support.
For more information or an outreach request, please email: Mens.Resiliency@wwu.edu.
We Offer To:
- Promote social and cultural change.
- Encourage identity development by exploring diverse definitions of masculinities.
- Foster positive mentorship and relationships across campus.
- Educate the campus community on the impact of rigid socially constructed gender roles.
- Provide resources and advice on how to stay healthy to prevent violence and self-destructive behaviors.
Outreach Services We Offer:
Healthy Masculinities Workshop, 2 hours
Healthy Masculinities provides a forum for participants to recognize their own perceptions of gender role socialization. This workshop examines the ways mainstream ideas around gender and how they vary depending on ethnicity, culture, class, etc. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how those roles can impact both risk and protective factors for male-identified individuals. This workshop examines the male gender role and its relation to suicide. During this workshop, participants have an opportunity to work together to solve different scenarios and address concerns with male-identified individuals who may be experiencing suicidal ideation. Participants will also be given a list of on and off campus resources for ALL Western Washington University students.
The Gender Box, 1 hour
The Man Box is an interactive program geared towards an understanding of socially constructed gender roles. During the program, we examine ways we have been taught masculinity and the impact those teachings have on us. This presentation helps us examine our own identities to help embrace our true authentic selves.
The Mask You Live In Film Screening and Discussion, 2 hours
Jennifer Siebel Newson’s documentary, The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
After the film, a mental health professional facilitates a discussion around the social construction of masculinity. This discussion also focuses on the media's representation of masculinity in pop culture and the impact socially constructed gender roles has on all of us.