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updated January 16, 2018

Welcome, Spartan Parents!

The Mask You Live In (2015) follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. Join us for a special screening and moderated discussion following the film:

Wednesday, January 24

6:00pm Film, Discussion to follow

DLS Theater

FREE Screening, No RSVP needed

Presented by De La Salle High School

An Evening with Jackson Katz, Ph.D., Founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
DLS Hofmann Student Center

De La Salle's 2nd Annual Respect Week will feature a special evening with Jackson Katz, Ph.D., the founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention. We have decided to adopt MVP for the entire institution because of our ethical obligation, as President Mr. DeMarco asserts, to “give our young men the tools they need to be the change that they want to see in the world.”

Both De La Salle and Carondelet families are welcome to attend.

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 to 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 sports culture and the military.

MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the sexual assault and relationship abuse fields; Dr. Katz is a key architect of this now broadly popular strategy. Within this approach, empowered bystanders are taught strategies to assess situations in which there is dangerous, unhealthy, offensive, or abusive behavior and to take action to intervene in the situations they witness, whether they occur in person or on social media. “The MVP Model encourages people to speak out in the face of abusive behavior before, during, or after an incident” (https://www.mvpstrat.com/the-bystander-approach/).

Additionally, our partnership with MVP will enable De La Salle High School to implement “the train the trainer program” for administrators, faculty, counselors, staff, coaches, and student leadership groups. In alignment with the goals of MVP, our objectives in adopting this program are to raise participant awareness of underlying issues and unique dynamics of all forms of men’s violence against women; to challenge our young men to think critically and personally (empathize) about these issues; to open dialogue amongst our students about the dynamics and context of all forms of men’s violence against women; and to inspire participants to be proactive leaders around these issues by challenging them to develop concrete options for intervention in potentially dangerous situations involving peers.

An Evening with Jackson Katz

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