Community Gathers for Discussions, Workshops During Coloradostate University’s Men’s Issues Awareness Days Oct. 29-Nov. 3

Men, women, students and faculty in the university and Fort Collins community will have the chance to immerse themselves in a wealth of topics at the fourth annual Men’s Issues Awareness Days Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

"Men’s Issues: The Next Generation" features presentations and workshops on mentoring, men and work, the history of the men’s movement, relationship and intimacy issues, men’s spirituality and liberation, and diversity and multicultural issues.

"The sessions in our program continue to speak to both women and men and the dynamic interplay of social roles and expectations," said Jacob Brumfield, graduate student and member of the planning committee. "Historically, the men’s movement has been initiated by middle-aged males in their personal and social explorations. We want to bring the dialogue to the younger generation of men and women. We also want to stress that women play an important part in the continuing dialogue and in our annual program."

"We’ve created a program that will interest men of all ages and all backgrounds," said Sam Sappington, co-coordinator of the event and psychologist at the University Counseling Center. "More than ever, men are concerned about a wide range of issues, and the need to openly discuss those issues is as strong as ever, too. I think the program will help men throughout the community become better informed and more comfortable talking about the issues they’re dealing with today."

Sponsors include Asian/Pacific American Student Services, Black Student Services, El Centro Student Services, The Career Center, Division of Student Affairs, Lory Student Center Diversity Grants Fund, Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Hartshorn Health Service, University Counseling Center, Office of Women’s Programs and Studies, Fort Collins Fort Fund, Fort Collins Human Rights Office and the Plymouth Congregational Church Social Concerns Committee.

All events take place in the Lory Student Center and are free and open to the public.

Following is a calendar of activities for the week-long program. For more information, call Sam Sappington, (970) 491-7494 or Jacob Brumfield, (970) 491-0828.

Oct. 29

  • "Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes," panel presentation by peer educators from the Student Alliance for Gender Education, 6-7:30 p.m., Room 210 LSC.
  • "The Myth of Male Power," David Chapman, corporate trainer, 7:30-9 p.m., Room 210 LSC.

Oct. 30

  • "Looking For A Few Good Men (For Community Service): Do Caring and Sharing Scare Men Away?" Lynn Steutel, Larimer County Partners, noon-2 p.m., Room 207 LSC.
  • "Spiritual Awakening From Alcoholism and Other Addictions," Steve John Bell, 6-7:30 p.m., Room 224-226 LSC.
  • "From Intimacy Phobic to Intimacy Junkie: A New Path for Men," Mark Benn, University Counseling Center, 6-7:30 p.m., LSC Cherokee Park Room.
  • "Growing Up Without a Dad," panel of male students sharing family histories and individual struggles; Sam Sappington, panel moderator, 7:30-9 p.m., LSC Cherokee Park Room.

Oct. 31

  • "Conflict Resolution," William King, university ombudsman, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 165 LSC.
  • "What Men Love and What Men Fear About Women," Stephen Hatch, Contemplative Center of Fort Collins, 1-3 p.m., Room 203-205 LSC.
  • "Sexual Harassment in The Workplace: A Dialogue," Laurie Fonken-Joseph, Fort Collins Human Rights Officer, and David Chapman, corporate trainer, 3-4:30 p.m., Room 203-205 LSC.

Nov. 1

  • "Everything You Were Taught About Being a Man and Never Questioned," Andrea Mandelblatt and Pavan Mann, Colorado State Counseling Center interns, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 208 LSC.
  • "The History of The Men’s Movement(s)," Doug Gertner, Regis University, and Sam Sappington, Colorado State Counseling Center, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 208 LSC.
  • "Mothers and Sons: A Look at Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships," Jim Molloy, 2-4 p.m., Room 208 LSC.
  • "Connections Between Masculinity and Ethnicity," Jacob Brumfield and Sebastian Contreras Jr., graduate students, 2-4 p.m., Room 210 LSC.
  • "Male Victims of Domestic Violence," David Chapman, corporate trainer, 4-6 p.m., Room 208 LSC.
  • "Music and Poetry for Spiritual Development and Community Building," Gary Richard, musician and entertainer, 6-8 p.m., Room 208 LSC.

Nov. 2

  • "Men, Sexuality, and Spirituality: Where Does My Higher Power Go When I Take Off My Pants?" Larry Denmark, Mountain Crest Hospital, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 207 LSC.
  • "Masculinity Ideologies: Theories and Research," Steve Gale, doctoral candidate in counseling psychology, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 207 LSC.
  • "Fertilizing Meditative Spirituality with Masculine Values," Stephen Hatch, Contemplative Center of Fort Collins, 2-3:30 p.m., Room 207 LSC.
  • "Fully Male and Fully Human," Bob Lenk, Fort Collins Human Relations Commission, 3:30-5 p.m., Room 207 LSC.

Nov. 3

  • "Growing Up Gay: A Different Life," Terry Summers, Lambda Community Center, noon-2 p.m., Room 230 LSC.
  • "Reaching Out Across Generations: Men Helping Younger Males Through the Stages of Life," John Motl, Inner Health Holistic Center, noon-1 p.m., Room 228 LSC.
  • "Ministry As Vocation," Stephen Johnson, Foothills Unitarian Church, 6-7 p.m., Room 207 LSC.
  • "Deepening Intimacy Through Non-Sexual Touch: Techniques for Couples," Laura Koch, massage therapist, Rocky Mountain Therapeutics, 7:30-9 p.m., Room 207 LSC.