YPSILANTI – Casey J. Cornelius, a national authority on student success, will speak on the topic of masculinity and the challenges and expectations college men face during a talk at Eastern Michigan University on Wednesday April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.
Cornelius spent 13 years working in higher education before launching ForCollegeForLife in 2014. ForCollegeForLife is a team of speakers and consultants that serve campuses and organizations through workshops, retreats and staff developments.
Cornelius' talk is entitled "Man Enough: Masculinity and Today's College Men." In it, he discusses the disappointing portrayal of men on college campuses and creating a new type of masculinity and a new age of college men. Topics include young men's relationships with others and themselves, having the strength and capacity to be original, respectful and amiable, and uplifting other men to live up to these higher expectations.
"America is worried about young men," Cornelius says in describing his program. "Colleges are particularly concerned, and use words such as 'problem,' 'lost' and 'crisis' to describe their challenges. They are troubled by men’s bad behavior, their rates of success and the shortfall of positive male role models on campus.
"Through the investigation of many of the assumptions about college men, and how these assumptions are developed and acted out each day, (the program) challenges men to create a new standard. Being 'man enough' is about having the strength and capacity to be authentic, reliable, humble and kind but also being able to help other men live up to these greater expectations."
The program will kick start a new state sexual assault prevention grant at Eastern entitled "MOST CARE: Men of Strength Creating a Respectful Environment." For additional information and details on this effort, visit the program website.
All students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided and the event is LBC approved.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.