UGA EngageMENt strives to equip students to reflect on how their gender identity impacts their experiences as UGA students.

The Health Promotion Department offers two styles of EngageMENt programming:

  • An introductory-level workshop on masculinity, family, and relationships for students with no background in gender and masculinity work
  • An on-going discussion series for students who want to engage deeply with a specific topic intersecting with masculine identity

EngageMENt Discussion Groups

The purpose of EngageMENt Discussion Groups is to provide a supportive space for male-identified students to engage in critical thought across a series of subjects without fear of judgement. We encourage students to attend all six sessions, but attendance is voluntary, and students can join and/or leave the group at any time in the semester.

Due to the nature of the deep level discussions, groups will be open to male-identified students only. Sample discussion subjects include: Drinking/party culture, relationships, sexuality, hook-up culture, sports and competition, emotional expression, and the aesthetics of manhood.

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EngageMENt Workshop

The purpose of the EngageMENt workshop is to involve groups of students in an introductory dialogue on masculinity, family, and relationships. Specifically, this interactive workshop asks participants to consider:

  • How are my male friendships different from my female friendships?
  • How does gender impact the success of my romantic relationships?
  • What kind of son, brother, or future father do I want to be?

The workshop is included on the Health Center’s online Program Request Form, and is available by request for classrooms, residence halls, Greek organizations, and non-Greek student organizations. These workshops are intended for students of any gender identity.

What is Gender?

  • Gender is a social construct encompassing the ways bodies, expressions, identities, experiences, mannerisms, dress, speech, etc. are interpreted categorized, and policed.
  • The gender binary is the division of gender into two distinct and opposite categories (man and woman). The binary is recognized as a social construct, as there are many identities in-between and outside these categories.

What is Gender Identity?

  • Gender identity is your sense of your own gender and how you express your gender through clothing, behavior, and personal appearance.
  • Gender identity is often influenced by gender roles, the societal norms that dictate how males and females should behave.
  • Gender expression is the way one presents/performs gender externally.
  • It’s easy to confuse sex and gender. Just remember that biological or assigned sex is about biology, anatomy, and chromosomes. Gender is society’s set of expectations, standards, and characteristics about how men and women are supposed to act.
  • Some people’s assigned sex and gender identity are pretty much the same, or in line with each other. These people are called cisgender. Other people feel that their assigned sex does not align with their gender identity (i.e., assigned sex is female, but gender identity is male). These people may identify as transgender or trans. Not all transgender people share the same gender identity.