2017 Conference on College Men

June 08 – June 10, 2017
Washington University in St. Louis

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.

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The Conference on College Men is a collaborative event hosted by NASPA and ACPA. Scholars and practitioners will come together to address the various issues related to men and masculinities in higher education. As college men continue to explore what it means to be a man in today’s society and how their various identities intersect with their gender identity and expression, practitioners must continue to explore various support mechanisms for these students. The conference’s programs will explore evidence-based practices, innovative research, and current trends surrounding college men and masculinities.

You should attend the conference if you want to:

  • Expand knowledge of current trends in gender identity research and how it relates to men and masculinity;
  • Recognize current national and international issues relevant to college men;
  • Learn the ways in which gender identity may intersect with societal expectations of what it means to be a man and how those expectations impact college men

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. The fifth conference was held June 18 - 20, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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2017 Conference on College Men


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  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • Faculty


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    Call for Programs

    Call for programs is now open with an extended deadline of March 31, 2017. Announcements of program selection will be made by April 14, 2017.

    The increasing need to address gender identity and expression on college campuses is more critical than ever as the understanding of what it means to be a man is continuing to change. The 2017 Conference on College Men is your opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization, learn from leading researchers in the field, and engage with other professionals who are committed to understanding men and masculinities.

    The 2017 Planning Committee knows it’s presenters like you who will make the conference an impactful event. The Planning Committee is seeking innovative and thought provoking programs from a wide range of professional functional areas. Programs which enhance and progress the understanding of men and masculinities, in either research or practice, will be considered. 

    Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Symposium's learning outcomes.


    Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the confernece. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer here and look for Program Reviewer - Conference on College Men underneath the header Educational Programs.

    For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, take a look at this document for an example.

    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 and Minoritized Masculinities

      • Examine the intersections of masculinities and other dimensions of identity using critical theory;
      • 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;
      • Critically investigate the intersectionality of identities with multiple men’s identities to address privilege and oppression, in order to move towards transformation and liberation.

    • 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

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    Proposal Online

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    Submission Timeline
    • Call for Programs Open
      February 13, 2017
    • Call for Programs Deadline (Extended)
      March 31, 2017
    • Presenter Notification
      April 14, 2017

    Writing Tips

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


    The conference planning committee is working diligently to build a balanced, impactful schedule. This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    Full Schedule

    Thu, Jun 08

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pre-Conference Workshops
    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Conference Welcome and Opening Keynote Speaker
    2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions I
    4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

    Fri, Jun 09

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast (Provided)
    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch (On Your Own)
    1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Plenary Keynote Speaker
    2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Optional Campus Tours
    6:00 p.m.
    Dinner on Your Own

    Sat, Jun 10

    7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Registration Open
    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast (Provided)
    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

    Submit a Pre-Conference Workshop Proposal before March 31, 2017!

    Thursday, June 8th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

    Our call for programs is currently open through March 31, 2017. We invite all attendees to submit a proposal for a Pre-ConferenceWorkshop which will occur between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017.


    Registration is based on individual member status. If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA or ACPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member. This grants you the conference registration rate for members as well as a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.

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    Registration Fee

    before 04/21/2017
    04/22/2017 to 05/19/2017
    after 05/20/2017
    NASPA/ACPA Member
    NASPA/ACPA Student Member
    Pre-Conference Workshop


    • Dr. Keith Edwards

      Dr. Keith Edwards

      Speaker, Consultant, Coach

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Vincent Harris

      Dr. Vincent Harris

      Director, Male Success Initiative
      California State University, Fullerton

      Speaker Bio


    Washington University in St. Louis

    Washington University in St. Louis
    St. Louis, MO

    Rooms have been reserved for CCM attendees on-campus at a rate of $43.50/night for doubles and $48.50/night for singles (linen sets including 2 sheets, pillow with case, a blanket, and 2 towels are included). 

    To reserve a space, indicate on your registration your interest in staying on campus. 


    Tricia Fechter Gates, Deputy Executive Director at ACPA
    [email protected]

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