Summit Program 2017

4th Annual Healthy Men and Boys Summit

Raising emotionally and socially connected boys:
Exploring intersections of gender, race and trauma

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Summit Agenda

  • Registration

  • Welcoming and Connecting

  • Keynote Presentation  

    Raising Emotionally and Socially Connected Boys

    • Niobe Way, Ph.D., author of Deep Secrets:  Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection               

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  • Keynote Dialogue

    Deepening the Conversation About Boys and Men

    • Steven Botkin, Senior Trainer, MERGE for Equality
    • James Arana, Senior Trainer, MERGE for Equality

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  • Lunch and Case Study

    Building Healthy Communities Through Empowered Relationships

    • Erin Saylor, Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT
    • Marisa Valdiserra, Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT

     

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  • Concurrent Workshops (choose one)

    Intersections of Trauma and Gender for Raising Healthy Boys

    • Steven Botkin, Senior Trainer, MERGE for Equality
    • James Arana, Senior Trainer, MERGE for Equality

     

    Intersections of Race and Gender for Raising Healthy Boys

    • Albert W. Pless, Jr., Cambridge Public Health Department
    • Haji Shearer, Massachusetts Children's Trust 

     

    Intersections of Gender Identity and Expression for Raising Healthy Boys

    • Mason Dunn, Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition
    • Bobbi Taylor, Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition

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  • Making Connections

    Raising Boys at the Intersections of Gender, Race and Trauma

    • Craig Andrade, MA Department of Public Health
    • John Engel, MERGE for Equality

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  • Closing Remarks and Evaluations

  • Adjourn

Concurrent Workshops:
Exploring the intersections of....

  • Trauma and Gender
  • Race and Gender
  • Gender Identity and Expression

Trauma and Gender

Intersections of Trauma and Gender for Raising Healthy Boys

By Steven Botkin, Ed.D. and James Arana, Senior Trainers, MERGE for Equality

Using experiential activities and global examples, we explore the impact of trauma on boys, how male socialization compounds this trauma and the resulting dilemmas for individuals, families and communities. We share practices for promoting cross-gender dialogue and healthy masculinity. Implications of a trauma-informed approach will also be addressed.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants are able to discuss the impact of psychological trauma and masculinity on boys and men.
  2. Participants are able to discuss key elements of trauma and masculinity informed approaches to the development of healthy boys and men.
  3. Participants are able to incorporate trauma and masculinity approaches in developing healthy boys and men.  

Race and Gender

Intersections of Race and Gender for Raising Healthy Boys

By Albert W. Pless, Jr., MS, Program Manager, Men's Health League,
Cambridge Public Health Department and
Haji Shearer, MSW, Director of the Fatherhood and Co-Parenting Initiative,
Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund

This interactive workshop provides an overview of key outcomes that differ for boys in the U.S. based on race.  We will systematically and anecdotally explore some of the structures that create these different trajectories.  We will also discuss ways to support boys of color in overcoming barriers designed to prevent them from growing into healthy men.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to discuss health and education inequities based on race
  2. Participants will be able to examine policies and practices that impact boys of color
  3. Participants will be able to apply insights to the work of supporting boys of color as they navigate the conundrum of racial oppression and gender privilege

Gender Identity and Expression

Intersections of Gender Identity and Expression for Raising Healthy Boys

By Mason Dunn, JD, Executive Director, and
Bobbi Taylor, Steering Vice-Chair, Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition

Using experiential activities, we explore gender identity and expression, including trans and cis gender, as well as gender fluidity. This workshop will also explore the benefits of  supporting and expanding gender awareness - in light of the limitations of traditional, rigid gender norms - in working with boys, families and communities.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to examine the concepts of gender identity and expression.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the benefits of affirming and supporting gender diversity.
  3. Participants will be able to incorporate gender diversity awareness in raising healthy boys and supporting families and communities.