Together As Men

19 Sep

The idea for a Men’s Workshop started last year when Donette Alonzo, director of MultiCultural Student Affairs, realized that “sometimes men need to be together as men. They want to know how to be mentors to each other, how to hold each other accountable and how to have respectful discussions together.”

Jamele Adams, slam poet, accepted an offer from Alonzo to lead a workshop for men to bond and work through different topics.

“We have an issue with male student retention here,” Joe Endicott, junior Oxbridge Molecular Biology major and a member of the workshop’s leadership group, said. “Especially athletes. A good portion of our leadership group is athletic, though we come from all backgrounds.”

Endicott mentioned another issue to be covered: “We don’t have a lot of faculty diversity on campus. A lot of the professors here fit the stereotype of heterosexual white Christians, and we want some variety.”

Adams started leading workshops like this because of his own college experience at Baker University. He had trouble with grades and relationships, but eventually overcame them. When he reflected on that time, Adams wanted to help other young men through their collegiate issues.

“He’s coming to answer the questions, ‘What is a man? What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a male leader – not only here on campus, but in the world?’” Alonzo said.

Adams was on campus earlier this month for a slam-poetry night. He used that visit as an opportunity to get to know the leadership group, as well as the campus.

“We spoke briefly to him after the slam,” Endicott said. “We mentioned some issues we want to address when he comes back for the men’s workshop.”

The other members of the leadership group are seniors Tim Jones and Will Ogorek, juniors Jonathan Entzminger, Alexander Hart, Jesus Lopez and Daniel Webster and sophomores Ryan Florence and Curshion Jones.

The Men’s Workshop with Jamele Adams is Sunday, Sept. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. The day starts with lunch, followed by a spiritual service with Rev. William Johnson. The men will work with Adams until 4 p.m. when male professors and coaches join them. This event is free and open to all male students who can RSVP with Donette Alonzo (alonzod@william.jewell.edu).

Published 19 September 2008 in The Hilltop Monitor

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