Mens Violence Prevention Peer Health Educators
The mission of the Men's Violence Prevention (MVP) Peer Health Educators is to create a campus and community free of violence, to promote relationships based on equality and respect, to encourage positive, healthy expressions of masculinity, and to be visible, outspoken allies for all who experience prejudice and discrimination.
- Until men join the movement towards gender equality, violence and violent culture will persist unquestioned.
- Apathy and silence condone violence and you can begin speaking up to challenge offensive comments and stereotypes by questioning your peers in the community.
Men's Violence Prevention Outreach Programs
1) Gender Mending - This program is for men and women and has an additional format educating the audience on trans and gender queer issues.*
- WEAVE and MVP students co-facilitate a conversation in an open atmosphere about men's and women's issues to break down silence and miscommunication. This program provides an opportunity for participants to raise their awareness and respect for gender differences and similarities, and to check out assumptions and stereotypes we may have about each other.
2) Men Can Stop Rape! - This program is for students who identify as men.
- This interactive, engaging program empowers men to work together to end sexual violence. Through facilitated discussion and activities, participants examine the problem and its impact, strategize solutions, and discover ways to get involved at Western.
- During this presentation, women attend a program facilitated by WEAVE - Women's Empowerment and Violence Education.
- Participants have said:
- "I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I did."
- "It's tough challenging my role in perpetuating violence."
- "I learned not to feel alone as an open, caring man."
- "I like being able to connect with other men."
- "It was nice talking about solutions instead of being stuck on the problem."
- "I didn't know other men felt this way."
*We strive to make all of our programs gender inclusive and appreciate your feedback. To find out more about these programs, contact Mark at Mark.Green@wwu.edu.
The Steps to Schedule an Outreach Program:
- 1.Contact speakers bureau coordinator at least seven days (preferably more) in advance of requested program date.Contact us at 650-2993.
- 2. Provide the following information:
- Contact Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Requested Program
- Requested Program Dates
- 3. The Staff Coordinator for that topic area will email you or return your call to confirm with you. At that time you will be able to discuss any particular program needs.
- 4. After your request has been confirmed, please help us make the program the best it can be by advertising! Let us know if you need help or ideas.
If you don’t see a topic you are interested in listed here, please follow the procedures for scheduling an outreach program to let us know, and we’ll see what we can come up with. Contact us at 650-2993.