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Healthy Masculinity Week

March 8 - 12, 2021

Healthy Masculinity Week is an opportunity for the UVA community to engage in conversations and programs that promote healthy masculinity and authenticity. Through workshops, panels, outreach initiatives, and other events, Healthy Masculinity Week programming will promote self-efficacy, authenticity, and shared social responsibility to create a culture of care at UVA. This week will challenge harmful norms of masculinity and promote positive role models that allow men and masculine people to be themselves and live healthy, well-rounded lives.


  • MONDAY, MARCH 8th (In Service and Support Of International Women's Day):

    • White Ribbon Campaign: The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign to raise awareness of and support efforts to end gender-based violence, specifically looking to engage men and masculine people as allies. Wear a white ribbon/white shirt and use a white ribbon background (which can be downloaded at to show you stand against sexual harm. Be sure to enter for the chance to win a sexual respect water bottle and t-shirt! To enter, follow @uvahealthyhoos on Instagram and comment on their White Ribbon Campaign post, telling them why/how you create a culture of sexual respect and using #WhiteRibbonUVA and #UVAHMW21.
    • Supporting Survivors at UVA: This event will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to support survivors of sexual harm. When someone you know has been sexually assaulted, it can be difficult to know what to say or do. Oftentimes, the best thing you can do is to just make yourself available. Join SARA to learn some ways to support survivors.

    • White Ribbon Campaign (see description above)

    • Mini Organization Fair: This drop-in event will provide interested students with the opportunity to learn more about organizations across campus that currently support men and masculinities, including Black Male Initiative, Body Project: More than Muscles, and Men’s Leadership Project.
      • Registration Closed
    • Fraternity and Athletics Panel: This short panel, composed of peers from the fraternity and athletics communities at UVA, will explore experiences with masculinity, manhood, and social norms. This event will also include time for a Question & Answer session.
      • Registration Closed
    • One Love Training: 10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship: This discussion-based workshop, will address the 10 signs of a healthy relationship and how to identify these signs inrelationships with friends, romantic partners, family members, and classmates.
    • Masculinity in the Workforce: This panel of alumni, faculty, and staff from across the University will discuss masculinity in the professional workplace. It will cover professional cultural norms, masculine expectations of specific jobs/professions, andpositive examples of masculinity at work.

    • Masculinity 101 Workshop: This interactive workshop will give students space to explore the intersections of masculinity and social norms. It will also promote a greater understanding of how large-scale social and cultural norms of masculinity impact us on the community and individual levels.
    • Exploring Race and Masculinity: This dialogue space, hosted by Multicultural Student Services, will provide an opportunity for students to process their experiences and perceptions around race and masculinity with peers.
      • Registration Closed
    • Masculinity Speak Out: This open-mic style event is open to students, faculty, and staff who are interested in sharing what masculinity means to them. Through speaking, music, spoken word poetry, and other means, speakers are invited to explore and share with others how masculinity impacts them and influences their identity.
      • Registration Closed
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 12th:

    • Masculinity, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention: This short presentation and open discussion will explore issuesrelated to masculinity and men's mental health, as well assome important questions: What does it mean to be a man? How does it affect men's mental health? How can we work together to bring men to help and to open up?
    • Queer Masculinities Dialogue: This talk and discussion will explore the intersections of queerand masculine identities. Professor Lisa Speidel will lead apresentation about what "masculinity" means in relation totrans and queer communities. A follow up dialogue for current students will be hosted on Monday, March 15th at 7pm EST, by the Queer Student Union for current students to talk about UVA culture, masculinity, and trans/queer identity.
    • Weightlifting 101 with UVA IM Rec: Calling all men and masculine people who want to learn more about resistance training, weight room equipment, and lifting techniques. Join our personal trainers for 45-minutes of semi-personal instruction on equipment like the Olympic benches, free weights & racks, cables and selectorized pieces.
      • Please pre-register for the event using the UVA IM-Rec app or the following link: Weightlifting 101 with IM Rec and select one of the 45-minute time slots between 12-4pm.
      • Contact Jason Davis at for more information.