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MAC training starts September 9th!

Training to be a member of the Men’s Anti-Violence Council beings on September 9th. We have created a space for men from the University of Iowa campus and surrounding communities to create programming aimed at reducing violence, especially domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

We are not just focused on raising awareness and providing information about violence. MAC is interested in primary prevention, meaning that we want to keep violence from occurring in the first place. By engaging and training members of the community, MAC members work to make our community a safer place for everyone.

Our discussion includes issues related to masculinity, mentoring and leadership as well as bystander intervention skills. We want to end silence about violence. Instead of sitting on the sidelines complaining about the problem, MAC members are interested in being an active part of the solution.

Volunteer training dates, times and location

  • Orientation Training: September 9, 6-9 p.m. at WRAC
  • MAC Training: September 16, 6-9 p.m. at the IMU
  • Cultural Competency Training: Sept 23, 6-9 p.m. Jones Commons,  Lindquist Center
  • MAC training: Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m at WRAC

Download a volunteer application here. MAC members also attend a weekly meeting during the semester to plan our programs. As of right now, that meeting is scheduled for Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. Our first meeting is on September 30.

Take a look at our brochure and newsletter for more information about what we do. If you have any questions, email me at jerrodkoon@gmail.com.

MAC brochure

MAC Newsletter

Big Ten Counseling Center Conference

If you happen to be near East Lansing, Michigan this week and have some free time, stop by the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Michigan State University is hosting the Big Ten Counseling Center Conference. This year’s theme is Counseling Centers Without Walls: Collaborating for a Healthy University Community. MAC members Ren Stinson and Jerrod Koon are presenting with Dr. Sam Cochran about how counseling centers can assist in preventing male violence on campus and in the community. I will try and post at least one update while I am gone.

Update: If you want to view our presentation you can find the pdf here.

Apparently, we are remarkable…

but I always knew we were doing good work. It is nice to get some recognition. MAC’s work made the homepage of the University of Iowa’s website under the Be remarkable category. The story should be up through the end of the week. Some of the people who have been featured for these stories are doing truly incredible work so we are honored to be recognized. If you want to read about our work, take a look at the story on Be Remarkable. If you absolutely cannot get enough of this article and must read it after this week, you can find it in the Be Remarkable archive.

We also made the front page of the Daily Iowan for our White Ribbon turkey dinner yesterday afternoon. Read Eating, talking turkey and taking a stand against violence. I want to thank the Daily Iowan, PATV and KRUI for their assistance in advertising and covering the event.

Defining men’s space and place in feminism

I thought I would post something personal about myself and share a bit about my struggle and reactions regarding my role as a man in feminism. I’ve struggled with this issue since I began this work. It was activated again during a conference I went to last week during a discussion about What are men’s roles in this gender equality, anti-violence, feminist, pro-feminist movement? Continue reading

YouTube clip of MAC

Here is a YouTube clip of me, Jerrod Koon talking about MAC’s work with a local news station.


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