Student Affairs

Inviting and Inspiring Men to Learn: Improving Effectiveness and Outcomes with Male-Identified Students

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jason Laker
Price: $50.00

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The proportion of male students enrolling in and graduating from college has been declining for years, particularly among low-income, Latino, and African-American men. Male students are underrepresented in high-impact learning experiences, and over-represented in incidents of alcohol abuse, violence, and other disruptive circumstances. The media often frames these matters in combative and stigmatizing terms, pitting men and women against each other or otherwise sidetracking important questions about social identity and experiences. Also, despite Student Affairs claiming its territory and expertise around student development, masculine gender identity is rarely covered in graduate preparation programs. This knowledge gap is often justified by invoking the privileged males studied during early psychosocial theory, even though that research didn't utilize a gendered lens. This webinar will orient participants to male gender identity issues and discuss capacity building pedagogical and support strategies for successful outcomes for all students. While we will primarily focus on Cisgendered male students, this information can illuminate opportunities to understand and support all students across gender and sexual diversities.


  • Learn about gendered lenses for student development work.
  • Orient to the relationship between dominant masculine norms and campus climate issues.
  • Attendees will have a basic understanding of developmental processes and needs of male students.
  • Attendees will identify and challenge their underlying assumptions in practice with male students.
  • Participants will be challenged to refine their views of men and masculinity.
  • Participants will identify several strategies for developing programs, services and individual work with male students and groups.


  • Graduate Students
  • Graduate Preparation Program Faculty
  • Entry to senior level professionals interested in improving effectiveness with male students.
  • SSAOs tasked or compelled to address male students' engagement, retention and learning.


Dr. Jason Laker is a tenured, Full Professor and former Vice-President for Student Affairs at San José State University. He has 23 years of experience in Student Affairs, from entry-level Residence Hall Director to Chief Student Affairs Officer and faculty at six universities in two countries. His publications include four books, two of which focus on Men and Masculinities in Higher Education. He is the Founding Chair of NASPA's Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community, former Chair of ACPA's Standing Committee for Men, and an Affiliated Research Faculty with the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, and his dissertation entitled, Beyond Bad Dogs: A Pedagogy of Engagement with Male Students won dissertation of the year from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. He also holds an M.A. in Community Counseling from Adams State College (CO), and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Central Michigan University.

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