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University Men's Network

The University Men's Network is an open group of male-identified students, staff, and faculty members, as well as alumni and community members, working to develop an anti-sexist climate on campus.  For more information, email

Resources for Men to Advocate for Gender Equity

The Women’s Center has compiled a list of on- and off-campus resources for men who are interested in learning about and participating in ways of challenging and interrupting sexism on campus.

On-Campus Resources

  • The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education – Provides a safe and confidential space for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family members or friends with the U of M or Augsburg College who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.  They are always looking for volunteers to help with a number of projects and initiatives.
  • Coalition for a Respectful U – An open group of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members committed to a safe and inclusive campus climate for all students, employees, and visitors.  The group works to achieve these goals through the sharing of social justice and campus climate related information, initiatives, and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Office for Equity and Diversity – Works with individuals, departments, colleges, and all five campuses to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement at the university. 

Off-Campus Resources

Advocacy, Activism & Education

  • The Good Men Project – Stories and discussion from men about what manhood and masculinity might look like in the 21st century.
  • Jayson Gaddis – Blog describing the masculine journey.
  • The Masculine Heart – Blog seeking the strong, tender heart in men.
  • Men as Peacemakers – Aims to develop and to foster men as peacemakers through modeling, mentoring, storytelling, and dialogue.
  • MenWeb: Men’s Voices Magazine – Celebrating the expression of mature and creative masculinity and men’s creative engagement in the community.
  • XY Online – Website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics, and explores issues of gender, sexuality, lives of men and women, and practical discussions of personal and social change.

Gender Violence Prevention

  • A Call to Men – Works to shift social norms that define manhood in our culture in order to end violence against women.
  • Men Can Stop Rape – Aims to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
  • The MENding Monologues – This 90-minute show (inspired by The Vagina Monolgoues) explores gender violence issues from a male perspective.
  • Men Stopping Violence – Works to educate and empower men to end men’s violence against women.
  • Minnesota Men’s Action Network – Alliance of men aiming to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

Academic & Scholarly Resources

Top 10 Things Men Can Do to Create an Inclusive Community

  1. Acknowledge our own privileges and understand how sexism, male dominance, and male privilege.
  2. Educate yourself and others by attending programs, taking courses, watching films, and reading article and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence.
  3. Approach gender equity as a men’s issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront bias behavior.
  4. Have the courage to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don’t be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence, and work towards changing them.
  5. Be an ally to women who are working toward gender equality. Support the work of campus-based women’s centers. Attend “Take Back the Night” rallies and other public events.
  6. Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Lead by example.
  7. Don’t be silent. Remember our silence is affirming. When we choose not to speak out against inequality, we are supporting it.
  8. “Break out of the man box” – Challenge traditional images of manhood that stop us from actively taking a stand to gender inequality.
  9. Accept and own our responsibility that gender inequality will not end until men become part of the solution to end it. We must take an active role in creating a cultural and social shift that no longer tolerates bias behavior. Don’t fund or support inequality. Refuse to purchase any magazines, videos, music, subscribe to any website that degrades people.

-- compiled by Brett Chin, former Men's Action Network member