Bringing together the most diverse and talented educators in the field of men and masculinities research and practice, the Conference on College Men has become the premier venue to explore and examine issues related to men and masculinities in higher education. As particular populations of college men continue to struggle in their postsecondary transitions and engagement, the Conference on College Men will challenge attendees to critically reflect upon how their own identification and expression of gender influences their work with college and university students while also treating them to the most recent scholarship and services in the field.
The concept of a professional conference for student affairs administrators focusing on the topic of college men was shepherded within NASPA and ACPA by Dr. Jason Laker, then vice-principal and dean of student affairs at Queen’s University in Ontario and founding chair of the NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community. The inaugural conference, then titled the Institute on College Males, was hosted by Morehouse College in May 2007. The institute theme was Creating and Achieving Successful Outcomes. The success of this first institute led NASPA and ACPA to collaborate on a second program in May 2009 hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The third, now called, Conference on College Men was held May 22-24, 2011 at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis. The fourth conference was held May 19 – 21, 2013 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Host Institution Requirements
In order to host the Conference on College Men, your institution must commit to providing and coordinating the following services in the most budget conscious way possible:
• Onsite coordinator (Specify person and be a part of the planning committee)
• Onsite staff support
• Complimentary meeting space (Large group meeting space for a minimum of 150 people, and at least 4 breakout spaces in close proximity to the large group meeting space. One small conference room for staff office.)
• Complimentary audio and visual
• Coordination of institute logistics (i.e., room reservation, directions, signs, meals)
• Coordination of onsite registration (i.e., check-in, name tags, notebooks)
• Coordination of ground transportation to and from the local airport and local events. In the cases of institutions which are located more than 25 miles from a major airport, assistance with ground transportation costs for participants is welcomed and encouraged.
• Provide a reception for Conference participants on Sunday or Monday evening