First Year Programming & An Introduction to Men & Masculinities Research, August 19th, 2013. Boston College Peer Minister Training Presentation

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First Year Programming & An Introduction to Men & Masculinities Research, August 19th, 2013. Boston College Peer Minister Training Presentation. Office of Campus Ministry & Office of Residential Life

First Year Programming & An Introduction to Men & Masculinities Research, August 19th, 2013. Boston College Peer Minister Training Presentation. Office of Campus Ministry & Office of Residential Life

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  • 1. Peer Minister Presentation Daniel A. Zepp, First Year Experience
  • 2. Theoretical Understanding of First-Year (Keys to Persistence) !   Tinto’s Student Departure Theory !   Academic integration (academic performance) !   Social integration (participation in college life) !   Students who are unable to connect with either academic or social subsystems are more likely to leave ! Astin’s “I-E-O” (Input-Environment-Output) or Student Integration Model !   Assesses the impact of the various institutional environments and experiences by determining whether students grow or change
  • 3. Theoretical Understanding of First-Year (Keys to Persistence) ! Pascarella and Terenzini’s focus of the institutions quality of effort to involve students with the resources of the institution !   Bean and Eaton’s Psychological Model of college student retention on four psychological theories: Attitude-behavior, coping behavior (approach-avoidance), self-efficacy, and attribution (locus of control) !   Factors affecting retention are ultimately individual and form the foundation for retention decisions !   Given the understanding of these processes involved in developing academic and social integration, an institution can create programs and environments that increase academic and social integration and increase student success
  • 4. Academic Convocation Thursday, September 12th Bill Strickland, author of Make the Impossible Possible
  • 5. 48HOURS( (The(Freshman(Weekend(Experience( November(8*10( November(22*24( February(7*9! February(21*23( ( Challenge Yourself. Register(on(Agora!Portal(Today!( Office(of(First(Year(Experience(((617.552.3281(((48hours@bc.edu(
  • 6. 48HOURS Talk Themes !   Freedom & Responsibility !   Challenge of Academics !   Importance of Co-Curriculars !   Unexpected Social Pressures !   Friends & Relationships
  • 7. 48HOURS Outcomes !   The “oh, you too” moment !   Builds self-reliance !   Builds comfort and confidence in articulating feelings !   Builds listening skills and reflective capabilities !   Chance to verbalize goals and receive feedback !   Aids in branching out !   Breaks down façade and superficiality of relationships !   48HOURS = subtle but powerful impact
  • 8. Model Gender Majority Myth (Harper & Harris, 2010) !   Five flawed assumptions about college men: !   1) Every male student benefits similarly from gender privilege !   2) Gender initiatives need not include men unless they are focused on reducing violence and sexual assault against women !   3) Undergraduate men do not encounter harmful stereotypes, social and academic challenges, and differential treatment in college environments because of their gender !   4) Male students do not require gender-specific resources and support !   5) Historical dominance and structural determinism ensure success for the overwhelming majority of contemporary college men
  • 9. Men’s Issues !   “If I was to say what is the major emotion of American masculinity, it is anxiety. Why? Because you have to prove your masculinity all the time.” – Michael Kimmel ! The Mask You Live In
  • 10. Discussion
  • 11. Relevant Themes !   Gender as social construction !   Gender as performative !   Rooted in insecurity !   In opposition to femininity !   The Mask of Masculinity !   Devalues relational desires, caring, empathy, etc. !   Importance of Permission !   To show wide range of feelings and emotion !   To be genuine and authentic
  • 12. A Conceptual Model of the Meanings College Men Make of Masculinities (Harris, 2010)
  • 13. Grounded Theory of College Men’s Gender Identity Development (Edwards, 2009) !   Social Context: External Expectations of What It Means To Be a Man !   Dominant society’s expectations !   Subordinated cultural group expectations !   Performing Masculinity According to External Expectations !   Phase 1: Feeling a Need to Put On a Mask !   Phase 2: Wearing a Mask !   Phase 3: Experiencing and Recognizing Consequences of Wearing a Mask !   Beginning to Transcend External Expectations
  • 14. Implications for Ministry?