Farewell For Now

To all our friends and supporters,

First of all, we want to say a big thank you to everybody who has come out and helped us over the years. It’s been awesome getting to meet you, talk with you, and advocate for men and boys with you.

Unfortunately, over the past year and a bit, you’ve probably noticed that things have slowed down. Activity has been low. Frankly, the club has been hit pretty hard, mainly because most of our executives graduated and moved on. This left only two of us to keep things running, which turned out to be a lot more difficult than we expected.

As well, attracting new membership has always been difficult. Years ago we were already having conversations about how to attract more students to the club with the hopes that they would become interested in becoming executives to help plan and execute events. Barriers to attracting new faces have been that many students choose not to get involved with clubs and most of the ones that do aren’t looking to get involved with our type of advocacy. Most of our executive members have been people who helped create the club or sought it out because they were passionate about what it stood for.

Sadly, it’s gotten to a point where we don’t feel the club can continue as before. One of us will be graduating soon and the other is going to be on co-op for the next 8 months. We just don’t seem to have the time, people, or student interest to keep this ship afloat for much longer. So, we’ve decided to let the club go dormant until such a time that other students come along to revitalize it.

If you’re reading this and you’re an SFU student who would like to kickstart this club back to life, reach out to us on Facebook or our email. We’ll keep them monitored and we’d love to see somebody pick up the pieces.

Much love to you all! Be kind to each other and let the men and boys in your life know that you value them. Above all else, be the change you want to see in this world.

March 21st – The Fentanyl Crisis: A Men’s Health Perspective

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FREE TO ATTEND

Tuesday, March 21st @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room TBA)
515 West Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

4 out of 5 fentanyl deaths in B.C. are males. What are we to make of this deadly gender disparity? Join SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys for a special presentation by Dr. Dan Bilsker, who will explore the Fentanyl crisis from a men’s health perspective.

Featured Speaker

Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who works in the areas of men’s health, knowledge translation and psychological safety in the workplace. He is a partner in Psych Health & Safety Consulting (www.psychsafety.org) and holds academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Prof., UBC and Adjunct Prof., SFU.

References

Bilsker D, Goldenberg R, Davison J (2010) A Roadmap to Men’s Health. (https://www.sfu.ca/carmha/publications/roadmap-to-mens-health.html).
Bilsker D, White J (2011). The silent epidemic of male suicide. British Columbia Medical Journal 53: 529-534.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

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

March 9th – Do Men Need Feminism?

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REGISTRATION LINK

FREE TO ATTEND

Thursday, March 9th @ 6:30pm
***VENUE CHANGE – Vancouver Public Library* (Central Branch)
Peter Kaye Room (downstairs)
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

Featured Speaker:
Diana Davison

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.

Hosted by SFU Advocacy for Men & Boys
Sponsored by CAFE Vancouver

The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal

DOWNLOAD The NEW SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (Sept 2016)

Recently an interesting post by an anonymous user was shared by SFU Confessions, a Facebook page where students “can send your deepest, darkest confessions and [they] will post it up anonymously!”:

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In September of 2016 SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys (SFUAMB) submitted a new proposal to the SFSS for a Men’s Centre. In response the SFSS requested that a needs assessment be conducted to determine the needs of the community on campus. In October SFUAMB submitted a grant proposal to fund research towards that end and is still awaiting feedback.

Do you support a Men’s Centre at SFU? If so, here’s what you can do about it:

  1. Read our SFU Men’s Centre Proposal (SFUMC)
  2. Email the SFSS and tell them why you support a Men’s Centre on campus –> go@sfss.ca
  3. Like and comment the SFU confession featured above.

NOV.20TH – The Red Pill screening!

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ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT! — A grouping of tickets will be available at the door on the event day (first come, first serve). Registration opens at 2pm.

Free to attend
Registration required (via link)

“When a feminist filmmaker sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs.”
TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7n_XA40V8

2:30pm–6pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room #1900)
515 West Hastings St.

Join us for a one-day only screening of the highly anticipated feature documentary about gender equality and the Men’s Rights Movement, The Red Pill: A feminist’s journey into the men’s rights movement.

Featuring SPECIAL GUESTS for a post-film discussion:

  1. JohnTheOther
  2. Diana Davison
  3. ???

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

Oct 24th (and Oct 25th!) Events – The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

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SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys and CAFE Vancouver present 2 events on domestic violence in October:

Monday, Oct.24th “She Hits Me”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown)
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com

She Hits Me: The Hidden Side Of Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Alexandra Lysova, Assistant Professor of Criminoloy at SFU

*Free snacks and beverages will be made available.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subjected or well-versed.

A similar proportion of men and women experienced domestic violence during the five years prior to the 2009 Statistics Canada survey. Among men, 6.0% or about 585,000, encountered spousal violence during this period, compared with 6.4% or 601,000 women. In Canada more women than men report being pushed, shoved or slapped while more men than women report being kicked, bit, or hit with something.

Numerous other studies indicate virtual parity of male/female domestic violence victims – but what resources are made available to men? Join us for an informative evening on why the problem of intimate partner violence won’t go away when only one gender is given consideration.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Alexandra Lysova’s PhD thesis focused on the study of intimate partner violence where she found “200 studies that document equal rates of IPV perpetration by women and men.” Dr. Lysova is working towards correcting the record through research that IPV is not a gendered problem and that male victims are faced today with little to no resources to help them.

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

Tuesday, Oct.25th “Untold Suffering”

*FREE ADMISSION*
Link to Facebook Event Page
Room #2020/2030
Limited Seating
Contact: pjohnston@equalitycanada.com

UNTOLD SUFFERING: The Whole Story on Domestic Violence
Featuring Speakers:
Micheal Healey, Intimate Partner Violence Survivor
Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Associate Professor of Psychiatry @ UBC

*Catering generously made available by UBC Engineering Department.
*This event will be accessible for those new to the subject or well-versed.

Join us for an important, educational event on the untold story – the whole story – on domestic violence in Canada. The public and media have beliefs about domestic violence that are contradicted by years of research evidence — and these uninformed notions are leading to ineffective public policy changes. Without the whole story we risk perpetuating the problem and even making it worse for DV victims.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Michael Healey has for 30 years operated a successful Toronto-based consulting practice specializing in organizational development and culture.
Michael is also a survivor of intimate partner violence. He’ll share his story, including his path to recovery.

Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, SFU, and Senior Research Fellow at the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Nicholls is a forensic psychologist with research interests at the intersection of law and mental health.

Sponsored by Canadian Association for Equality Vancouver and Area Branch

OCT.8TH -EXPAND THE INQUIRY!

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*FREE ADMISSION*
Oct.8th @ 6:30pm
Room #1800 @ SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown), 515 W Hastings St.
Limited Seating
Contact: info@sfuamb.com
Featured Speaker: Dr. Adam Jones (additional guest speakers TBA)
RSVP via our Facebook page to ensure yourself a seat!

Free coffee and snacks will be made available.

SFU Advocacy For Men & Boys is pleased to welcome Dr. Adam Jones for his 2nd presentation on behalf of our club. He will give a presentation on the need for missing and murdered indigenous men to be included in the national inquiry.

There has been a lot of recent focus in the media on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and rightfully so. However, it is troubling that no space in the discourse has been reserved for the status of indigenous men. Indigenous men are murdered at more than twice the rate of that of indigenous women. Furthermore, no funded research has been directed toward investigating the statistics on missing cases.

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

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Jones is a professor of Political Science at UBC Okanagan, and is an expert on gender, genocide, and masculinity. In early 2016 he launched a petition for a gender-inclusive inquiry.

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

 

*TICKETED EVENT*
RSVP via our Facebook Event Page
BUY your ticket(s) @ http://www.theboycrisis.com

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