2015 Conference on College Men

June 18 – June 20, 2015
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts

Bringing together the most diverse and talented educators in the field of men and masculinities research and practice, the Conference on College Men has become the premier venue to explore and examine issues related to men and masculinities in higher education. As particular populations of college men continue to struggle in their postsecondary transitions and engagement, the Conference on College Men will challenge attendees to critically reflect upon how their own identification and expression of gender influences their work with college and university students while also treating them to the most recent scholarship and services in the field.


The Conference on College Men is collaborative event hosted by NASPA, Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community and ACPA, Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities. The event will be held June 18 - 20, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 


The concept of a professional conference for student affairs administrators focusing on the topic of college men was shepherded within NASPA and ACPA by Dr. Jason Laker, then vice-principal and dean of student affairs at Queen’s University in Ontario and founding chair of the NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community. The inaugural conference, then titled the Institute on College Males, was hosted by Morehouse College in May 2007. The institute theme was Creating and Achieving Successful Outcomes. The success of this first institute led NASPA and ACPA to collaborate on a second program in May 2009 hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The third, now called, Conference on College Men was held May 22-24, 2011 at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis. The fourth conference was held May 19 – 21, 2013 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


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2015 Conference on College Men


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Faculty


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Call for Programs

Call for programs is now closed. Notifications will be sent by February 20, 2015

The Conference Committee encourages the submission of original proposals that connect theory and practice surrounding college men. The 2015 Conference on College Men will focus on innovative solutions to contemporary issues for college men.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Stopping Gender-Based Violence

    • Increase professional competency regarding Title IX and positively engaging men in the campaign to stop gender-based violence.
    • Identify connections between hegemonic masculinity, men’s lived experiences, and gender-based violence.
    • Explore issues related to gender-based violence (e.g., consent, victim-blaming, bystander intervention) in ways that position men as solutions rather than problems.
    • Develop sexual violence prevention programming informed by research and best practices related to college men as positive change agents. 

  • Racialized Masculinities

    • Construct complex understandings of manhood through identifying intersections of masculinities and other dimensions of identity
    • Demonstrate understanding of the racialization and minoritization of masculinities using critical theory and social structures
    • Analyze historical and social representations of racialized and minoritized masculinities to provide context for contemporary issues

  • Creating Opportunities for Personal Work in Ourselves and Our Students

    • Articulate the importance of engaging in self-work around issues of gender to create positive masculine images
    • Identify and implement strategies for engaging in self work
    • Create meaningful opportunities for students and staff to interrogate masculinities and define their identities in relation to culture and social differences

  • Taking Our Programming from Theory to Practice

    • Develop effective programs informed by theory on college men and masculinities 
    • Build effective coalitions with campus partners to advance work around creating an environment of positive masculinity
    • Identify and implement effective strategies to engage men on campus that are informed by developmental theory related to college men and masculinities

If you have questions about developing your program proposal, please feel free to contact:

Aaron Voyles - Chair-Elect, NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community

[email protected]


Vern Klobassa - ACPA Standing Committee for Men and Masculinities

[email protected]

Submission Timeline
  • October 15, 2014
    Call for Programs Opens
  • January 20, 2015
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • February 20, 2015
    Program Status Notification
  • March 6, 2015
    Program Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2015 Conference on College Men.

Lindsey Hammond
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202.719.1180
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The conference schedule is subject to change.

Thu, Jun 18

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Opening Featured Speakers
Dr. Jason Laker & Dr. Erica Boas
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A Decade of Growth: Assessing Ten Years of Data of a Campus Men’s Conference
Brand of Brothers: Shifting Paradigms of Masculinity Through Messaging
No Mud, No Lotus: How to Be Where We Are So We Can Reach College Men Where They Are
Stand Together. Act Now. Do Something: Fraternity Men Taking Action as Catalysts
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Alternatives to “Doing the Man Thing”: A Psychological Perspective on Identity Development
Determining Best Practices for African American Males through Research and Assessment
Encouraging Restitution and the Development of Pro-social Competencies Following Sexually Harassing Behavior
Reclaiming Authenticity: The Use of Spoken Word to Create Meaningful Connections with Men
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner (on your own)
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fri, Jun 19

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Game Day Behavior: A Gendered Issue
Helping College Men Take Off the Mask: A Model of Student Development and Achievement
Phallacies: A Critical Dialogic Space for Men & Their Masculinities
United We Stand: Liberation Through Solidarity in Connecting College Black Men’s and Higher Education Professionals’ Experiences
Why Don't We Have a Men's Center?
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Drink Like A (White) Man
If We Build It, Will They Come?
Man Up: Hyper-masculinity’s Influence on College Black Gay and Bisexual Men
Researching College Men & Masculinities: Lessons from the Field
The Campus Men’s Action Network: What Men Can Do to Prevent Gender-Based Violence
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Featured Speaker
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Civic Engagement and White Racial Identity Development in College Men
Dude, Where's My Masculinity: Gender Role Conflict Theory
Tuesday Talks: From Personal Foundations to Practical Application
Courageous Mentorship: A Model for Effective Mentorship Programs
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Optional Campus Tours
7:00 p.m.
Dinner (on your own)

Sat, Jun 20

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
"Best of" Presentations
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MED Talks
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

At the Intersections: A Dialogue About Diverse Masculinities on Campus

Thursday, June 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

The Conference on College Men is excited to offer pre-conference workshops. Pre-conference workshops are available for an additional fee.

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Taj Smith, Director, Multicultural, Gender & Women's Center - Xavier University


Online registration for the 2015 Conference on College Men will close at noon on June 10, 2015. Closing registration prior to arrival onsite allows us time to process several administrative pieces designed to make your onsite registration more efficient. Participants are still welcome to register onsite at the conference, but will not be included in the participant list. 

Registration Fees

10/01/2014 to 04/10/2015
04/11/2015 to 05/22/2015
05/23/2015 to 06/15/2015
NASPA, ACPA Student Member
Pre-Conference Workshop


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1183


  • Jason Laker

    Jason Laker

    Professor - San José State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Erica Misako Boas

    Erica Misako Boas

    Adjunct Lecturer - Santa Clara University

    Speaker Bio

  • Terrell Strayhorn

    Terrell Strayhorn

    Director, Center for Higher Education Enterprise and Professor - The Ohio State University

    Speaker Bio


Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex

Commonwealth Honors Residential College
Amherst, MA

All conference activities will take place on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

Rooms have been reserved for CCM attendees at UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College at a rate of $58.00 per person, per night (linen sets including 2 sheets, pillow with case, a blanket, and 2 towels are included). Room are single occupant with two rooms sharing a restroom.

For particpants wishing to stay at the Commonwealth Honors College please register here. 

Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Ted Carroll
[email protected]

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex
157 Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA 01003
$58 - Suite (Single occupant room with two rooms sharing a restroom. Linen sets including 2 sheets, pillow with case, a blanket, and 2 towels are included).
  • Travel

    There are five airports within roughly 100 miles (by car or bus) of the University of Massachusetts Amherst:

    • Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT) is roughly 45 miles away
    • Logan Airport (Boston, MA) is roughly 90 miles away
    • Albany International Airport (Albany, NY) is roughly 100 miles away
    • Theodore Francis Green State Airport (Providence, RI) is roughly 100 miles away
    • Manchester Airport (Manchester, NH) is roughly 100 miles away

    For additional information, please visit this webpage for visitors to the campus: http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/directions

  • Transportation

    Check back soon for information on possible group shuttle service from Bradley International Airport.

    Rental Cars
    For information on rental cars, including available providers and contact information, please visit the rental car page(s) of the website for the airport you plan to fly into.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Amherst in June average in the high 70s during the day. Please visit the Weather Channel before you travel for the most up to date information regarding weather.

UMass Hotel

UMass Hotel
Amherst, MA

A block of rooms has also been reserved for CCM attendees at UMASS Amherst’s Hotel UMASS at a rate of $130 per night*. Attendees wishing to stay in the hotel should contact the hotel directly by May 20, 2015 to secure their reservation.

Hotel UMass

1 Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA 01003

(877) 822-2100

Please request a room using the Group Code CCMEC. Attendees may continue to call in for a reservation after this date, however rooms and rates will not be guaranteed.

*plus applicable fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night

Check in is at 3:00pm on the arrival date. Checkout time is 11:00am.

One complimentary parking pass for the Campus Center Parking Garage, per room, per night will be available at check in for attendees staying at the hotel.

Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Ted Carroll
[email protected]

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