The “Real Men of MSU” campaign kicked off in January with
the unveiling of the “2008 Real Men of MSU” calendar. 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 12 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 toward 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.