Evanston/North Shore

Domestic Violence Conference

Taking It Personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for All Men

Thursday, April 27, 2017
9 am - 12 pm

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is thrilled to welcome Jackson Katz, Ph.D. as presenter at our third annual domestic violence conference, which is co-sponsored with Oakton Community College.

To register: Link here to open Oakton Community College registration page, then:

  1. Enter "Taking It Personally" as search term.
  2. Click the plus sign on the left menu to add the program to the calendar.
  3. Click "Register" (bottom right corner).

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the sexual assault and relationship abuse fields; Katz is a key architect of this now broadly popular strategy. Since 1997 he has run MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention/leadership training to institutions in public and private sectors in the U.S. and around the world. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How all Men Can Help, and Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. He has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on topics as far-ranging as Eminem, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics. He is creator, lead writer, and narrator of the award-winning Tough Guise videos. He lectures and trains widely in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media, and the many intersections of gender, sexual orientation and race. View his Ted Talk here:

Program Overview:

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., introduces participants to paradigm-shifting concepts and pedagogical strategies in the field of gender violence prevention education and other areas related to the advancement of gender and racial justice. Katz presents the philosophy behind and practical application of the widely influential Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model. MVP is the first systematic gender violence, gay-bashing, and bullying prevention program in sports culture and the military, and the program that introduced the “bystander” approach to the field. The idea of gender violence prevention as a leadership issue for men (and women) of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds is addressed, and concrete strategies specifically to engage men (and boys) as allies in this critical work are presented.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • The role of entertainment and social media in shaping gender norms;
  • The need to rethink language used to talk about violence;
  • Dynamics of male and female peer cultures that keep many people silent in the face of their peers’ abusive behavior; and
  • Issues of racial and ethnic diversity; and the role of adult male leadership in education, sports culture and community organizations.

Katz shares lessons learned from his and his colleagues’ gender violence prevention work—with men and women—over the past decade in the college and professional sports culture, the U.S. military, as well as with numerous high schools and middle schools.

Program Objectives:

  • Learn new strategies for involving men, young men, and boys—from all racial/ethnic backgrounds—in gender violence prevention efforts.
  • Be introduced to the pioneering Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) model for gender violence, bullying, and gay-bashing prevention.
  • Learn new ways to think, talk and write about gender violence.
  • Be introduced to racially and ethnically sensitive, and culturally competent, ways to approach gender violence prevention, rather than through a one-size-fits-all approach.
  • Learn how to apply critical media literacy skills to gender violence prevention efforts.
  • Gain new insights about the intersection and common roots among gender violence and a wide range of other pressing social problems—such as youth violence, gang violence, mass incarceration, school shootings, homelessness, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other forms of substance abuse, depression, suicide, and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.


Oakton Community College, TenHoeve Center, Rooms 1604-1610
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL
(Parking in Lot D)

Registration fees:
Early Bird $80 • Regular $90
Continental Breakfast Included
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017. Advanced registration is required.

Registration: 8:30 am
Program: 9 am - 12 pm

Continuing Education Credit:
Continuing education hours for IDFPR social workers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, nursing home administrators, teachers (PDs), occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists/audiologists, ICDVP credit, and Illinois Certification Board, Inc. members (award pending), and universal training hours for other professionals.

To Register: 

  1. Link here to open Oakton Community College registration page, then:
  2. Enter "Taking It Personally" as search term.
  3. Click the plus sign on the left menu to add the program to the calendar.
  4. Click "Register" (bottom right corner).

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