Heart of a Man

A Virtual Engaging Men Series

Heart of a Man speaker & conversation series

Heart of a Man is a virtual series engaging men in dialogue on topics of identity, gender stereotypes, interpersonal violence, race, politics, and social justice. Each event will feature a panel of men from diverse backgrounds, professions, and experiences who will share their stories and engage in dialogue with participants.

Come hear community leaders and campus members share their stories about how men engage from the heart in creating healthy relationships, healthy communities, and platforms for social change.

This series is a collaboration of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Title IX, and #STCCWeCan. #STCCWeCan is an initiative of the STCC Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Program grant that seeks to engage the campus community in the shared work of preventing sexual and relationship violence. Together, we can be the change we want to see in the world.

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Past Conversations

What are our experiences as men, and how do these experiences inform the way we relate to ourselves, our families, and our roles in the community? Join community and campus panelists as they share how their personal stories shaped how they have experienced healthy masculinity, practiced seeking support, and found ways to express vulnerability.

Date: Thursday, Oct 22
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Panelists:

  • Kevin Powell,  Acclaimed Writer, Author, Civil and Human Rights Activist
  • M. Quentin B.L. Williams, Esq., Educator, Author and International Speaker
  • Justice Roe Williams, Personal Trainer and Executive Director of BodyImage4Justice 
  • Brian Candido, STCC Faculty and Department Chair, Computer and Information Technology

If you missed the October 22 event please see the video below.

How can we show up to our role as fathers and in our families to challenge gender stereotypes, and model healthy and equitable relationships? Listen to campus and community panelists as they share how they engage with fatherhood to shift stereotypes, break cycles of violence, and create healing and change in their families for current and future generations.

Date: Thursday, Nov 12
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Anthony "Tony" C. Hill, Distinguished Associate Professor, Springfield College
  • Kevin Powell,  Acclaimed Writer, Author, Civil and Human Rights Activist
  • Joe Rivera, Chief STCC Police and Senior Director of Public Safety
  • M. Quentin B.L. Williams, Esq., Educator, Author and International Speaker
  • Justice Roe Williams, Personal Trainer and Executive Director of BodyImage4Justice

How do experiences of racialized trauma and police violence impact the way men of color show up to their families and communities, and what are the steps forward needed for both social change and healing? Listen to experts and community panelists as they get to the heart of the issue of police violence and its connection to violence inside the home, and help us to identify ways toward healing what is broken.

Date: Thursday, Dec 3
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Panelists:

  • Justin J. Hurst, Esq., Springfield City Councilor, Educator and Entrepreneur
  • Kevin Powell, Acclaimed Writer, Author, Civil and Human Rights Activist
  • Dr. Kobie Stewart, Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Criminal Justice, Asnuntuck Community College
  • M. Quentin B.L. Williams, Esq., Educator, Author and International Speaker

How do you define education? Is it in the classroom, the community, or beyond? This session will focus on how race, class, and gender shape the experiences of men of color in education both inside and outside of the classroom. Join campus and community panelists as they share how they have overcome barriers and the impact that educational experiences have had on their lives, self-worth, and relationships.

Date: Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Panelists:

  • Miguel Velez, ABE & ELL Intake Specialist, Springfield Adult Learning Center
  • Elijah A. Oliver Sr., MS., Founder & CEO of Take FLYGHT Enterprises
  • Michael Peterson, Father, Poet, Spoken Word Artist; Dean of Students, New Britain High School, CT
  • Shaun Woodly, PhD., Educator, Author and Professional Development Expert
  • Stephen A. Arrington, M.Ed, Assistant Principal at Dozier Middle School, Newport News VA, Musician, and Arts Advocate

How do experiences of racialized trauma and police violence impact the way men of color show up to their families and communities, and what is needed for both social change and healing?  Listen to experts and community panelists as we continue this dialogue, with a focus on current events that shed a light on the disproportionate response of law enforcement based on race, power, and political ideology.

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Panelists:

  • Kobie Stewart, Ed.D., Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Criminal Justice, Asnuntuck Community College
  • J. Anthony Guillory Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, History, STCC
  • Justin Hurst, Esq., President, Springfield City Council, Educator, Entrepreneur
  • José López-Figueroa, M.P.A., Director, Center for Access Services, STCC

Gender-based violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, is a widespread issue that impacts communities across the United States and around the world. As fathers, brothers, uncles, teachers, coaches, and friends, men hold a critical role in creating families and communities free of gender-based violence. Come and listen to experts and community panelists as they break down the complex roots of violence and share how men and masculine identified people can mobilize one another to create social change.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Panelists:

  • Jesse Mahler, Program Specialist- Futures Without Violence
  • Jorge Vidal, Director of Technical Assistance and Engagement- Caminar Latino
  • Eric Brown, M.Ed., Professor- Social Science, STCC
  • Luis Santiago, Direct Care Supervisor- YWCA of Western Mass.
  • Dr. Anthony C. Hill, Distinguished Associate Professor, Springfield College

Mental health and wellness is a critical issue throughout our country and on college campuses in particular. What are the challenges that prevent men from seeking support, addressing trauma, and taking steps to prioritize their own wellbeing?  Join campus and community panelists as they explore the impacts of race, class and gender on mens’ overall wellness. 

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Panelists:

  • Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Writer, Poet, Cultural Educator & Traditional Storyteller
  • Richard Greco, Dean of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, STCC
  • Dr. Anthony C. Hill, Distinguished Associate Professor, Springfield College
  • Abraham Sculley, Professional Mental Health Speaker, Educator, Author, & Storyteller

Resources

Accommodations

Prospective students or current students who need accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at 755-4785 or via email at disability-services@stcc.edu at least two weeks in advance.

Members of the general public or employees who need accommodations should contact Affirmative Action Officer, Kathryn C. Senie, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at kcsenie@stcc.edu at least two weeks in advance.

Contact

If you are interested in learning about more ways to support the Heart of a Man Series, please feel free to contact us using the information below:

Vonetta Lightfoot
Multicultural Affairs Operations Manager
(413) 755-4461
vmlightfoot@stcc.edu

Cindy Breunig
Violence Prevention Coordinator
Campus Police
(413) 755-6553
cbreunig@stcc.edu