About The Men's Project
The Men’s Project at PLU is a series of programs, initiatives, service-learning opportunities, and engagement strategies designed to more fully engage male identified students, staff, and faculty in the dialogue and work to achieve gender equity and social justice on campus. We accomplish this through education, mentorship, community building, and activism focused on the campus-wide adoption and promotion of healthy attitudes, behaviors, and norms as they relate to masculinity, gender, and identity.
This area of work is important for a couple reasons:
Because: Worldwide women receive 30-40% less pay on average for the same work as men.
Because: 3 to 4 million women are battered each year; and 60% of homeless women are homeless due to domestic violence.
Because: Men outnumber women 8-1 in professions that pay from $40,000 to $100,000.
Because: 1 out of 5 women are sexually assaulted.
Because: 75% of retirees living below the poverty line are women.
Because: Women hold less than 20% of managerial, administrative, and manufacturing jobs worldwide.
Because: Women make up 1/2 the world’s population, perform 2/3 of the world’s work, receive less than 1/10 of its income, and own less than 1/100 of the world’s property.
Because: We are here to help level the playing field – and to start looking at these issues from a more intersectional and inclusive framework.
How can I get involved?
Help coordinate or attend a program! Some of our regular programming and service learning opportunities include:
Fall Retreat/Gender Reconciliation Project: This retreat series – typically spanning the course of 2-3 days – offers students, staff, and faculty a space to connect, reorient, and build new strategies to move forward in personal and community-based work to advocate for social justice and safety, equality, and respect on campus.
It’s On Lutes Bystander Pledge Campaign: The campaign is a week long event that is co-hosted by PLU’s Bystander Coalition and asks students, staff and faculty to pledge to be active bystanders in recognizing identity-based violence and microaggressions, intervening when these are in progress, and working together to create an environment in which all Lutes experience safety, equality, and respect as a norm.
Stand In Solidarity: An awareness and demonstration program operating in tandem with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Take Back the Night inviting students, staff, and faculty to sign up for shifts standing in Red Square with signs indicating why they are choosing to stand in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual violence and the how to create a world free from violence. This program is often coordinated with ROTC leadership and features a speak out and rally following the demonstration.
Parent’s Day Brunch: A Service Project with the YWCA: This event gathers a group of 10-20 students, staff, and faculty in order to make a meal in honor of Mother’s/Parent’s Day for the shelter clients at the YWCA of Pierce County. There are also bullying prevention and healthy gender expression games and workshops for children of the parents in shelter (offered by PLU staff, faculty, and students). The event ends with a discussion on empowerment, resilience, service, and solidarity with communities and survivors.
The Men’s Project enacts the mission, vision, and values of the Center for Gender Equity by empowering students and professionals in the campus community to become advocates for gender equity and social justice. We accomplish this through education, mentorship, community building, and activism focused on the campus-wide adoption and promotion of healthy attitudes, behaviors, and norms as they relate to masculinity, gender, and identity.