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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From the Heart: A Dialogue on Healthy Masculinity

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.

 

The Heart of a Father: A Dialogue on Gender Stereotypes and Healthy Relationships

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

 

Black and Blue: A Dialogue on Police Violence and Men of Color

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

 

Speaker Bios

Brian CandidoBrian Candido is a graduate of STCC, Westfield State, and Lesley University. He has over 30 years of IT experience for various companies in Western Massachusetts, New York City, and Europe. He began teaching at STCC in 1998 as an adjunct and joined STCC in 2007 as Department Chair of the Computer Technologies department. 

Anthony HillDr. Anthony (Tony) C. Hill, Ed.D., MSW is a tenured, associate professor at Springfield College School of Social Work at Springfield College. Dr. Hill earned his B.S. degree in Human Services and Administration from Springfield College, his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Hill has extensive experience in both the fields of social work and education and has been employed as a clinician, adjunct faculty member, school social worker, assistant principal, principal, and college administrator.  He was the Distinguished Professor of Humanics for Springfield College in the academic year 2018-2019, the highest honor awarded to a faculty member at Springfield College. He has worked with Springfield Public Schools 100 Males to College initiative and formed a collaboration with the Springfield College student organization Men of Excellence in increasing opportunities for men of color to access higher education and excel academically, socially, and emotionally. Dr. Hill's experiences provide him with a unique perspective to teach students and work with organizations in addressing ways to improve staff morale, multicultural, diversity, and political, economic, and social justice issues.   

Justin HurstAttorney Justin J. Hurst was born and raised in the city of Springfield. He is the proud son of Attorney Frederick A. Hurst and Attorney Marjorie J. Hurst who are the founders and currently the publisher and editor of “An African American Point of View” newspaper. He is a graduate of the Springfield Public Schools and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Virginia in 2000.  Justin immediately began his service in the Springfield Public School district as a secondary English teacher. He taught English at the High School of Science and Technology for six years, after which, Justin assumed the role of Coordinator of Implementation for the Striving Readers Adolescent Literacy Initiative. Later, Justin was appointed the Director of Implementation for the Striving Readers Adolescent Literacy Initiative. He is a licensed administrator in secondary education and also holds a C.A.G.S in administration from the University of Massachusetts. In addition, Justin has his Juris Doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2005. Justin retired from the Springfield Public Schools in 2011 to focus on his investment company where he serves as the manager for London Realty, L.L.C. He is also an adjunct professor at both Springfield College and Cambridge College. In 2013, Justin campaigned for a seat on the Springfield City Council and is now serving his fourth term. In 2019 and 2020, he was unanimously voted by his colleagues to serve as President of the City Council. Justin currently resides in the city of Springfield with his wife, School Committee Member, Denise M. Hurst, 9-year-old son Justin J. Hurst Jr., and 4-year-old son Jackson Douglas Hurst.

Kevin PowellKevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth. Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.” Kevin has gone on to be a poet and journalist and the author of 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. One of his upcoming books will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Quincy Jones’ Vibe. Indeed, he has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and major websites, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Nation, NPR, ESPN, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Esquire, HuffPost, Utne Reader, The Guardian, The Baffler, The Progressive, Complex, and British GQ. As a civil and human rights activist, Kevin will launch a new American organization in 2020, yet to be named, focused on voter education and voter empowerment, and bringing people together, and which will showcase a website full of blogs from contributors of diverse backgrounds. Kevin’s activism also includes an annual clothing drive for homeless youth in New York City; a leadership role in the movement to re-define manhood away from sexism and violence; a deep responsibility to mentorship and development of people of every age as agents for change; and a commitment to democracy, justice, diversity, inclusion, and equality for the American people, be it education, #MeToo, immigrant rights, gun violence prevention, marriage equality, economic opportunity, healthcare access, or an end to racial profiling. To further demonstrate that commitment to a life of service Kevin ran for Congress in his adopted hometown of New York City in 2008 and 2010; he has lectured and worked and traveled in all 50 American states and 5 of the world’s 7 continents; he is directing, writing, and producing his first documentary film, “What’s Going On,” about healthy manhood versus toxic manhood, about fathers and sons; and Kevin is the playwright of an upcoming stage play, based around his poetry and conversations about what it is to be a man. Kevin is a proud and long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Chief Jose A. Rivera in police uniformChief Jose A. Rivera was born in California to multi-racial immigrant parents. Along with a brother and sister, he was raised in Salem, MA and attended the Salem public school system graduating from Salem High School in 1990.

Chief Rivera received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College in Milton, MA, and was inducted as a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society. Chief Rivera began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Town of Amherst, MA Police Department. Over the last 26 years, Chief Rivera has worked in both municipal and higher education law enforcement. Chief Rivera was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Granville, MA in 2006. In 2016, he was appointed Chief of Police for the Holyoke Community College Police Department. In 2018, he accepted an appointment as the Chief of Police for the Springfield Technical Community College Police Department.

Chief Rivera is married to Attorney Sarah K. Willey of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP, and is the father of two daughters.

Chief Rivera also holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Jung Ki Kwan Hapkido (a Korean martial arts style).

Kobie StewartDr. Kobie Stewart is in his 2nd year as Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at Asnuntuck Community College. Dr. Stewart came to Asnuntuck from Westfield State University where he worked in the Urban Education Program as an Academic Advisor and as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department. Kobie is a native of Springfield, MA where he graduated from Cathedral High School (Springfield, MA.). Kobie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from American International College in Springfield, MA., and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford where his research focused on formerly incarcerated males and their post-secondary persistence post-release. Dr. Stewart has a wealth of professional knowledge and experience having worked in numerous areas such as juvenile detention, law enforcement, and education. Kobie worked for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department for approximately nine years. During his time with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Kobie served in numerous areas of corrections as a Correctional Officer and as a Correctional Counselor. Kobie has also worked in both Hartford and Springfield public school departments. Dr. Stewart has over fifteen years of experience working with students of different ages with a focus on counseling, student development, and leadership. 

Quentin Williams HeadshotM. Quentin B.L. Williams, Esq. is an author, educator, international speaker, attorney, former FBI agent, former federal prosecutor, and former NFL/NBA executive. His in-demand keynotes on Diversity, Belonging, and Equity address the fundamental steps to healing and reconciliation in a simple and easy to understand manner. Quentin's talks have been acclaimed by business, political, education, law enforcement, and community leaders worldwide, including lectures at Harvard University, the FBI Academy, and global companies.

Justice WilliamsJustice is a published poet, fitness coach, longtime community activist and organizer. He has a background in youth advocacy and organizing, as well as many years of Trans* and LGBTQ activism, particularly in communities of color. He is founding Director of BodyImage4Justice, a Boston area organization that engages the larger LGBTQ community on issues affecting the Trans community by focusing on their common concerns around body image, health, and wellness. As a Fitness Coach, Justice is transforming the way his clients experience fitness. Making the important connections to health and wellness while creating greater accessibility for all bodies!

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