Man|Made sessions begin for fourth year

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After three years of success, Man|Made will continue to offer male-identifying students a space to gather.

A leadership group for male-identifying students is returning for the fourth year at Fanshawe College.

Man|Made is a series of facilitated conversations around healthy masculinity, brought to students by Fanshawe’s Sexual Violence Prevention Advisor, Leah Marshall, and London’s Anova women’s shelter. The aim is to create a space where men can come together and discuss how they can make the campus environment safer for all individuals.

“The group gives an opportunity for men from all different areas of campus to come together and have positive conversations around defining masculinity for themselves, and breaking free of some of those messages around gender that can be really toxic,” Marshall said.

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This year’s program will be held over Zoom video conference. The two hour sessions will take place once a week for four weeks, beginning on Nov. 11 and ending on Dec.2.

For the first time in the program’s history, the sessions are open to all students and not just student leaders. Participants who complete the sessions can add the experience to their co-curricular records and CVs as well.

Despite classes taking place remotely this year, Man|Made still has a valuable purpose to students who are part of the College community.

“The sessions will create a healthy community, even if we’re not all on campus,” said Marshall. “It’s important for us to create spaces where men can come together and have conversations about things that maybe don’t have a lot of space.”

Male-identifying students interested in participating can email Marshall at lkmarshall@nullFanshawec.ca to register.