The “Real Men of MSU” campaign kick-off ceremony featuring the unveiling of the “2008 Real Men of MSU” calendar will be held on January 29, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center Dining Room on the Montclair State University campus. Organized by the University’s Center for Non-Violence and Prevention Programs (CNVPP), the campaign seeks to raise awareness of women’s issues and to lessen campus violence against women by honoring men who have been recognized by the University community as personifying these goals.
“This year’s calendar features twelve extraordinary men who have been nominated by the community for the positive impact they make on campus,” says Jhon H. Velasco, director of the CNVPP. “These men not only exhibit respect for women and women’s issues, but actively support the end of violence against women through word and action. The community is fortunate to have them on campus as role models.”
Among the many initiatives of the CNVPP, the “Real Men of MSU” campaign is notable for its high profile on campus. In addition to the popular calendar featuring the stories and photos of the men, posters and ads are also produced increasing the “visibility” of the campaign. The men, who either work for or attend Montclair State, serve as spokespeople for the campaign and for the cause of ending violence against women.
Begun in 2005 to serve as a vehicle to help create a safe learning, working and living environment based on equality, respect and freedom from all forms of violence, the CNVPP works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students towards these goals. In 2006, Montclair State and the CNVPP were honored for their efforts with the prestigious Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award. Montclair State was the only institution in the nation to be presented with the award that year.