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What is the FHSU Men of Merit projectThe goal of this project is to recognize FHSU men who positively define masculinity through challenging norms, taking action and leading by example while making outstanding contributions to FHSU and/or the community
Challenging norms - Our society's culture has a dominant image of what it is to be a man, and it often means being tough and aggressive, always winning and never showing caring emotions. A "Men of Merit" challenges those norms.
Taking action - Taking action does not always mean being the president of an organization or the chair of some endeavor. Often taking action means working behind the scenes or working productively as a member of a group.
Leading by example - There are many ways that men lead by example and serve as role models for others. Being open to collaboration, standing up for the rights of others, and knowing when to lead and when to allow others to lead can all be ways that Men of Merit positively define masculinity.
Outstanding contributions - Can include active involvement, taking a leadership role, and/or creating or contributing to a project, program or initiative that has made a positive impact on the campus or community.
Why recognize men who challenge stereotypes?Current research supports the important role gender plays in college students' identity development, academic achievement, and choices they make in determining their life path. Recently, attention has been focused on men's declining enrollment in college as well as their rates of underperformance and underachievement compared to women. In fact, recent indicates that nationally, male students are less likely to complete a bachelor's degree than are female students. In addition, they are less likely to engage in volunteer activities and participate in clubs and organizations. This growing gender gap points to the need for college campuses to address this disparity by providing male role models and creating mechanisms that increase men's involvement and contributions.