Miami Masculinities Committee

Students cheer on the Redhawks during a sporting event at Miami University.


Implement a campus/community approach to developing a culture of healthy masculinity that will provide a national model for campuses across the country.


The Miami Masculinities Committee aims to transform the Miami University campus culture of masculinity through positive men's engagement, collaborative outreach to campus constituents, and sustainable student-centered initiatives.

Strategic Priorities

  • Education - programming and activities that support the committee's mission and are designed for a target audience of male-identified students and stakeholders
  • Advocacy - for development of a culture of healthy masculinity at Miami
  • Collaboration - actively seeking partnerships and collaborations with campus, community, and national constituents passionate about and committed to the development of a campus culture of healthy masculinity
  • Institutionalization - identifying resources and a consistent, committed stakeholder community that allows for creation of a structure (e.g., formal committee, staff position, graduate assistantship) to support this work on an ongoing basis

Background and Current Activities

In the summer of 2011 a few Miami staff began a conversation about the male-identified students they were seeing (for student conduct) and not seeing (for counseling or health education). A committee formed and a core group from across campus began educating themselves and planning. They learned that masculinity can be plural and that there is a spectrum of masculinities on college campuses (and elsewhere). Society as a whole has definite ideas about what "being a man" means, some of which are harmful to society and to the male-identified people they seek to define. The committee sponsored its first regional conference in Oxford in July 2012, hosted the national Conference on College Men (a joint NASPA, ACPA, and American Men's Studies Association initiative) in May 2013, and coordinated a second regional conference in May 2014.

In Spring 2016 the Committee received internal funding for the creation of a statewide consortium on men and masculinities in higher education (OCMMHE); the consortium's first drive-in conference was hosted by the Committee at the Miami-Oxford Campus in Fall 2016. Subsequent OCMMHE drive-in conferences have been held at The Ohio State University (Spring 2017), Ohio University (Fall 2017), Denison University (Spring 2018), and Bowling Green State University (Fall 2018). 

The Center for Teaching Excellence sponsored a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on college men and masculinities for the 2018-19 academic year. The FLC and drive-in conferences complement the Committee's programming activities, which include film screenings and discussions, guest performances, student panels, workshops, retreats, and tabling events.

For information about current activities of the Miami Masculinities Committee, contact committee chair Anondo Banerjee at

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