MenCARE (Creating Attitudes for Rape-Free Environments), a part of Project DATE, is a campus-wide prevention program to end sexual violence through education, cultural change, and leadership development. As with Project DATE, MenCARE is a unique collaboration between Strength United, a center of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education sponsored by the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, and University Counseling Services. The centerpiece of Men CARE is peer education for men, by men, through small group discussion, workshops, and outreach events. Men CARE will be driven by male students from every aspect of the campus community including fraternities, athletics, residential advising, and cultural organizations. Objectives include increased awareness about rape and sexual assault, increases in knowledge about the effects of rape and sexual assault, decreases in tendencies towards engaging in behaviors that lead to rape and sexual assault, knowledge about where to receive help in response to a sexual assault, and positive attitudes towards promoting safety in interpersonal relationships.

If you are interested in becoming a MenCARE peer educator, submit an application.

What is MenCARE?

We are a newly forming group of undergraduate and graduate male students at CSUN. Co­‐sponsored by Strength United and University Counseling Services, MenCARE is a peer education and prevention program addressing the issues of Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses.

Why MenCARE?

Sexual Assault and Rape remain a serious health and safety issue on campuses across the nation. Research suggests that involving men as peer educators is the most effective way of educating other men on campus. Men CARE strives to bring awareness, in a non­‐threatening way, about how growing up as men, we are socialized to contribute to a Rape Culture. It is the Rape Culture that provides the conditions for Sexual Assault and Rape to exist on college campuses. While the majority of men do not commit acts of Sexual Assault and Rape, we do have a significant part in keeping the Rape Culture alive.

What are the Goals and Purpose of MenCARE at CSUN?

We are looking for interested, well respected, and committed men to be trained as peer educators. After the successful completion of the training, you will be prepared to facilitate peer education/ prevention workshops with your male peer groups.    The training will prepare you to lead discussions on issues such as: absolute consent, rape culture, healthy forms of communication, and male socialization.

What Does it Involve to Join MenCARE?

You will be asked to participate in trainings led by graduate students, faculty, and staff. The trainings will begin in the Spring 2016 semester. Times will be arranged according to the schedules of the students. The trainings will involve reading selected articles, lectures, group discussions and experiential learning exercises. This training and involvement will support self­‐growth, meaningful connections with other men, leadership/facilitation skills, and professional development.

Are You Interested? Do You Have Any Questions? Feel free to reach out to us!

Email: mencare@strengthunited.org

Voicemail: (818) 933-­‐9492