A Call to Men co-founder to speak Tuesday

The co-founder of a national men’s organization committed to addressing domestic and sexual violence prevention will present “Breaking Out of the Box: Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Western Carolina University.

At the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, will examine the social norms, expectations and cultural images associated with manhood and discuss how they contribute to notions of power and privilege. Porter then will challenge those notions, and explore ways to break out of the “man box” mentality and be part of the solution to end violence.

The presentation is the keynote address of WCU’s third annual Red Zone campaign. The Red Zone refers to the period of time early in students’ first or second years at college during which they are at higher risk of unwanted sexual experiences. Campaign activities sponsored by departments and organizations across campus are designed to educate and empower students to help protect themselves and others from sexual assault.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, Student Community Ethics, Greek Life, Leadership and Student Involvement, Residential Living, First Year Experience and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

For more information about the Red Zone campaign, visit redzone.wcu.edu (link no longer active). For more information about the event, contact Sarah Carter at sacarter@wcu.edu or 828-227-2617.