The Engaging Men Initiative (also known as menCARE) is a campus wide effort led by the CARE office to engage male-identified members of the UCI community in violence prevention. The goal of the initiative is to foster prosocial norms that facilitate men’s participation in healthy, equitable, and respectful relationships. This empowers them to intervene using effective strategies as part of preventing power-based personal violence.  

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Below are some of the principles of engaged men as they move from awareness to action:

  1. Become aware of social norms that are harmful to the self and others.
  2. Empathize with the self and others.
  3. Support gender equity and other forms of equity.
  4. Learn emotionally and socially intelligent attitudes and behaviors that respect the self and others.
  5. Take action by using social and emotional intelligence to constructively challenge harmful social norms connected to attitudes and behaviors expressed by others.

(Adapted from the OVW Engaging Men Training Institute Manual)