It’s time for a Men’s Centre @ SFU

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The SFUAMB team has been busy over the summer months constructing a proposal to the SFSS for an SFU Men’s Centre (SFUMC). More details will be released, and the full proposal will be available to review online soon! For now read SFUAMB President Jesse Velay-Vitow’s official statement on why male-identified people need their own space at SFU campus:

“My name is Jesse Velay-Vitow and I am the President of the Simon Fraser University Advocacy for Men and Boys. It is my pleasure to write the foreword to this ambitious proposal. In my three years on campus I have endeavoured to embody our school’s motto. To be an engaged student at an engaged university. I have sat on student council, ran for board, held positions in my departmental and faculty student unions, and volunteered for as many outreach projects as I could handle. Through this all I have gained a great appreciation for students striving to be involved. The students of SFUAMB have been paragons of this virtue, devoting countless hours of work throughout the last year, sacrificing weekends and evenings to create one of the more active clubs and the most successful student led group for men’s issues in Canada. I am incredibly proud of the work they’ve done, and feel privileged to lead them into this new chapter of our work.

The SFUMC has been a dream of mine since I arrived at SFU. In my first year I joined the men’s programming initiative and sought greater involvement. It has been a long time belief of mine that through cooperation and community outreach, we can address the needs of male students in a constructive and unique way. As long as one of us is without a safe community, our entire community is weaker for it. Men’s issues have been a passion of mine ever since I took a class in social justice in high school. This broadened my appreciation for the issues facing various groups in our society. I was much impressed with the quality of work women were doing to raise awareness of and see an end to issues facing women. I noticed a dearth of the same for men, and decided to take that on as a life goal and passion. Much changes throughout four years of university, but for me, this goal has remained constant.

I envision the SFUMC as a safe haven for men, conducting research and outreach in how to most effectively better men’s lives and improve their health. A room where they can learn about different models of masculinity and are aided in creating their own. A place where they can express their emotions without fear of judgment, and learn the skills to process these emotions in an effective way. There will be workshops focusing on emotional skills, fatherhood, mental health skills and more. I would love to have a diverse and unique resource library, telling the stories of men from all walks of life. This is my embryonic vision for the men’s centre and I am incredibly excited to see how it develops in the coming months and years.

SFU has been on the cutting edge of progress for the past half century, we were among the first to recognize the issues facing women on campus, and a few decades later the plight of LGBT individuals. As we hit our 50th anniversary, Simon Fraser University once again has the opportunity to be on the forefront. At its inauguration, the SFUMC will be the first of its kind in the entire country.  I won’t lie and say that this opportunity will be without difficulties and that there will be no detractors. However I implore those who consider this proposal to look past the short term consequences and focus on the long term benefits. Progress is never easy, but it is always necessary. I thank you for taking the time to consider making our dream a reality.”

Sincerely,
Jesse Velay-Vitow
SFUAMB President

RESCHEDULED to January 20th – The Boy Crisis with Dr. Warren Farrell

 

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IMPORTANT – DATE CHANGE: Due to a schedule conflict with Dr. Farrell speaking on the same topic at Capitalism & Morality on July 30th & 31st , we are no longer able to host his presentation on The Boy Crisis for July 29th. We will be rescheduling this event to January 20th, 2017. This new event will still feature Lauren Southern AND be even bigger than the original with an added roundtable hosted by Dr. Farrell on the following day. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. TICKET HOLDERS: Your tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled event; you are free to seek a refund if you wish at our Picatic page: http://www.theboycrisis.com –– If you have any questions in regards to your purchased ticket, or this rescheduling, email us at info@sfuamb.com and our team will get back to you ASAP. Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely, The SFUAMB Team

Our sons are in trouble. Throughout the industrialized world, they are about a quarter century behind our daughters–dropping out of school, preoccupied with video games and video porn, committing suicide, and demonstrating a “failure to launch.” But those are just the symptoms. How deep is the crisis? What are its causes? What paradigm shift is needed to transform the boy crisis into our sons’ opportunities? Dr. Farrell’s presentation will invite the entire audience’s participation.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Dr. Warren Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. His books are published in 15 languages. They include two award-winning international best-sellers, Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell has appeared on more than 1,000 TV shows, from Oprah to Larry King Live and Today show. He has been featured repeatedly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Warren is currently co-authoring with John Gray a book to be called Boys to Men. He is chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men.
Website: http://warrenfarrell.com/

Presentation: The Boy Crisis: What Must Be Done To Save Our Sons
Friday, January 20th 2017 @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West, Room #1900
Limited Seating
Contact email: info@sfuamb.com
Special Guest: Lauren Southern

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

July 3rd – 自杀之性 The Suicide Sex

 

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In Canada, over 75% of suicides are made by men, with over 50 men per week dying by suicide. Experts have labelled this a ‘silent epidemic’. In this presentation, Dr. Whitley will explore some of the socio-cultural factors that may be playing an explanatory role in these elevated rates of suicide and examine what can be done to prevent suicide and promote mental health.

Presentation: The Suicide Sex
Sunday, July 3rd @ 3:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1700 (NEW, bigger theatre!)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Dr. Robert Edward Whitley – Psychiatrist
Rob Whitley is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He has published over 100 papers in the area of social and cultural psychiatry, and currently leads projects funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

June 17th – “The Accusation Is The Verdict”

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Join SFUAMB for our seventh event on the question of anti-male legal biases in Canadian society. We will be inviting local legal experts and activists to discuss the state of the legal system today, in particular the ways that it disadvantages men. Issues including: parental alienation, false accusations, presumption of guilt in domestic violence disputes, and more will be discussed.

Panel Discussion: The Accusation Is The Verdict
Friday, June 17th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

Carey Linde – Lawyer
Practicing law for over 40 years, Carey raised three children to adulthood as a single father parent. Carey is a strong advocate for consensus over conflict. But he won’t avoid the just fight when reason fails. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia and a past member of the American Trial Lawyers’ Association. Carey Linde pioneered the movement for equal-time shared parenting in the courts of Canada. His practice is aimed at ensuring children can keep both parents meaningfully in their lives.
Website: http://www.divorce-for-men.com/

Georgialee Lang – Mediator, Arbitrator, Lawyer
Practicing for 25 years, Georgialee has been blessed with great clients, wonderful colleagues and exceptional cases. Some of her accomplishments include: (1) Lead faculty member in British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute training program for family law arbitrators, February 2013 (2) Named by “Best Lawyers in Canada” and “Lexpert” as a leading lawyer since the inception of both Ranked by Martindale Hubbell (3) Law blog “lawdiva.wordpress.com” awarded Best Canadian Legal Blog 2010 by the Canadian Blog Awards
Website: http://www.georgialeelang.com/

Dr. Don Dutton – PhD in Social Psychology, UBC
A tenured professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Psychology, Don received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1974, while on faculty at the University of British Columbia, he began to investigate the criminal justice response to wife assault, preparing a government report that outlined the need for a more aggressive response, and subsequently training police in “domestic disturbance” intervention techniques. He has published over 122 peer reviewed journal articles and 10 books, including the Domestic Assault of Women, The Batterer and The Abusive Personality.
Website: http://www.drdondutton.com/

Diana Davison – YouTuber, Legal Activist
A popular vlogger on gender issues, freedom of speech, and feminist interventions in the legal system, Diana is known for her well researched videos addressing the growing challenges facing men in the courtroom. Encouraging members of the public to take an interest in the legal system and to add their voices to the discussion, Diana has become a strong voice in a community concerned with protecting and preserving civil rights. Diana has recently garnered a lot of attention with her research and coverage of the Jian Ghomeshi trial in Toronto and is regularly contacted by lawyers for her perspective and analysis of witness testimony in cases going before the courts.

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

May 27th, “What Does It Mean To Be A Man Today?”

 

 

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What does it mean to be a man today? Claims that “men are in crisis” have grown in recent years with some stating an official “end of men.” More practically, there are growing opinions that dating/relationships with men have become more complex than in the past – is this a product of men’s confused identity?

Panel Discussion: What Does It Mean To Be A Man Today?
Friday, May 27th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

John Hembling (MGTOW Activist)
A former Men’s Rights Activist, John Hembling is a popular figure in the Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) movement. He has produced numerous articles and videos on the plight of men in modern society including legal biases against men, the misrepresentation of domestic violence facts in academia/media, and more.
Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/johntheother

Eddy Baller (Ultimate Man Builder)
The founder of UltimateManBuilder.com, Eddy Baller is a Vancouver dating coach who helps heterosexual men become more confident, refine social skills, and create great relationships. Eddy writes regularly on personal development, for women and men, and his articles have been featured on Plenty of Fish, The GoodMen Project, Vancity Buzz, and more.
Website: http://www.ultimatemanbuilder.com/

Cory Bretz (ManKind Project)
As a member of the Vancouver Men’s Evolvement Network in 1990’s Cory led the Men’s Wisdom Council Talking Circle, a place where men could safely begin to speak their truth. He was one of the facilitators who created the mythopoetic Passageway Men’s Retreat that ran for several years, helping men use ancient stories and ritual to redefine their lives. In 1999 he attended the ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure and he’s been a regular in local MKP men’s support groups ever since. Cory is also an entrepreneur, gatherer of stories and filmmaker at Heirloom Films and Storybooks (http://www.heirloomfilms.ca/)
Website: http://britishcolumbia.mkp.org/

Kevin Dale McKeown (Daily Xtra Columnist)
In the early 70’s Kevin Dale McKeown became the first “out” gay journalist in Canada, writing for the Georgia Straight. Since then he has written extensively about Vancouver’s gay community, including on issues affecting it’s male population. Kevin brings to the panel a unique perspective on what it means to be a man today with awareness of issues affecting men in both the heterosexual and LGBTTQ communities.

TRANSPORTATION INFO:
The Waterfront Skytrain station is only 1 block from SFU Harbour Centre. Alternatively there are numerous buses that stop in the area – more info available via TransLink. For drivers check out this Parkopedia link for information on parking in the area of SFU Harbour Centre: http://goo.gl/xlydff

April 23rd – “SheForHe: The Future of Men”

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Join SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys and 3 women fighting for Men’s Human Rights for a Presentation and Panel Discussion featuring: Alison Tieman, Hannah Wallen, and Karen Straughan of Honey Badger Radio.

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION:

“Chivalry, women and children first, #heforshe… what do all these things have in common? The idea that men are more powerful than women and must use that power in service of women’s weakness and inability. This is the traditional idea of manhood, using strength to serve and protect the traditional weaker feminine.
But what if the truth is that women are not weak and not incapable. And that it’s really women who should be obligated to use their power in service of men’s vulnerabilities? Introducing #SheforHe and the radical notion that a being a damsel, for women, isn’t radical.” – Alison Tieman (Presenter)

SheForHe: The Future of Men
Saturday, April 24th @ 3pm
SFU Harbour Centre – 515 Hastings St. West
Room #1800 (Main Floor)

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch