Men's Engagement

Masculinities Engagement Network

The Masculinities Engagement Network at BGSU is an initiative by the CWGE and CVPE to engage men - including students, faculty, and staff - as leaders in education for the entire BGSU community on gender equity, masculinity, and violence prevention. In Summer 2019, the Masculinities Engagement Network received an Innovation Initiative Grant out of the Division of Student Affairs to implement a campus-wide initiative engaging students in conversations about healthy masculinities and power-based violence. This page details the work semester-by-semester work of the Men's Engagement Network, including pre-existing programming/events and projects related to the Innovation Initiative grant.

Intended Outcomes
1.     identify the differences between healthy and unhealthy masculinities;
2.     recognize and describe how gender roles, power, and privilege play a role in the way we define what it means to be masculine;
3.     be empowered to be an active bystander and be able to identify the various ways to assist someone in a challenging situation.

Seth Campbell
Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, BGSU Firelands

Gabe Dunbar
Non-Traditional and Military Student Services

Stacey Allan
Fraternity & Sorority Life

Marcus Goolsby
Undergraduate Student Government President

Chet Hesson
Student Athletics Services

Kyle Repetto
We Are 1 Team (WA1T) President

Nick Rybak
The Cocoon

Jamie Wlosowicz
Center for Women and Gender Equity
Center for Violence Prevention and Education

63 conversations with students, faculty, and staff at Union tables, including topics such as:

  • International Men's Day
  • White Ribbon Day
  • Power-based violence
  • Violence against women
46 faculty, staff, and students discussed healthy masculinities at the BGSU Firelands workshop and social
276 faculty, staff, students, and community members attended the 2019 Re-Imagining Masculinities and Manhood Keynote with Dr. Michael Brown
  • 72 additional faculty, staff, and students engaged in extended discussion with Dr. Brown through Faculty/Staff Coffee Break, Student Lunch, Men's Soccer Miracle Morning, and the Team Player Program

87 students, faculty, and staff from BGSU main campus and BGSU Firelands met to discuss healthy masculinities through Men's Engagement Socials and Healthy Masculinities Workshops

17 students and community members attended Men's Action NOW, to discuss popular culture's affect on masculinity and how to enact positive social change on gender expectations, in partnership with The Cocoon


Last updated December 2019

"As the Graduate Student Trustee on BGSU's Board of Trustees, I support the Masculinities Engagement Network (MEN) because I believe in the power of education to order to move the needle in a positive direction on gender equity, masculinity, and violence prevention." -Cody Clemons