What is the Campus Men of Strength Club?
The Campus Men of Strength (MOST) Club is a college-level program with chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. Campus MOST Clubs are for students dedicated to actively engaging men on their college campus to prevent domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of men's violence against women. Members of Campus MOST Clubs examine and challenge masculinity as it relates to themselves and society, rejecting harmful aspects of traditional masculinity in favor of individual masculinities that affirm their unique realities and experiences.
What do Campus Men of Strength Clubs do?
Campus MOST Clubs are premised on the idea that Clubs know what works best on their unique campus. The common activity of Campus MOST Clubs is regular meetings where members can educate themselves and each other about masculinity and violence against women, as well as check in with their own feelings and experiences as a man creating change. Outside of meetings, Clubs can facilitate peer education, sponsor social and educational events, partner on events with campus and community women's groups, perform community service, educate through advertising, campaign to change campus or governmental policies, hold trainings, or whatever they feel will educate their campus about and prevent violence against women.
What's the first step to starting a Campus MOST Club on my campus?
Seek out a group of men and gauge their interest and energy for starting a Campus MOST Clubs. Once you know that you have the support and membership interest to start a Chapter, contact Men Can Stop Rape and we will assist you in the next steps.
How often do Campus MOST Clubs meet?
Though individual chapters are free to decide how often they want to meet, we recommend that clubs meet weekly in order to keep energy and momentum within the group.
How are Campus MOST Clubs evaluated?
Campus MOST Clubs will be evaluated in a number of ways. Individual members will be evaluated through pre- and post-tests to determine growth and changes in attitudes, behaviors, behavioral intent, bystander intervention skills, and self-efficacy. Facilitators will provide formal and informal feedback throughout the year. Peer education and events will be recorded to determine the number of students attending, outreach completed, and the impact of those, and thus be able to demonstrate how much is being done by an individual club as visible allies on campus. Focus groups will be held each year with Campus MOST Club advisers and members. MCSR is also developing a broader evaluation mechanism to gauge the impact of Campus MOST Clubs on the campus as a whole.
What training is available for starting a Campus Men of Strength Club?
After a Memorandum of Agreement is signed with the institution, MCSR will begin an assessment with the group advisor to determine the campus's needs. The assessment process includes a two-day training for the group advisor, interested students, faculty, staff, campus advisory group, and community partners. The training will mainly focus on theories, educational activities and exercises, skill-building, and bystander intervention. The training will also feature a session on Campus MOST Club guidelines as well as recruitment, sustainability, collaboration, and evaluation protocols.
How will Men Can Stop Rape support my Campus Men of Strength Club after it's up and running?
We can offer trainings on your campus and will be available for phone consultations. As well, we have monthly conference calls with all Campus MOST Club facilitators where groups share their experiences, offer advice, and discuss possible meeting topics. We will send you updated materials (handbooks, fliers, information handouts) as we create them.