A recently launched discussion series called “Dudes Understanding Diversity and Eliminating Stereotypes (DUDES) Dialogues,” hosted by liberal studies major Arturo Castro in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, will continue to examine issues of masculinity and gender expectations.
The next event in the series is set for March 25.
The series kicked off on February 25 and included testimonies by men who spoke about sexual stereotypes and the pressures of conforming to gender norms.
“I really wanted to create awareness of certain things we consider socially acceptable and how that impacts others,” Castro said. “For example, a college department dominated by men may have an impact on the number of women who graduate from that department. Ultimately, my goal is to provide a space for men to discuss their views on a variety of topics.”
Castro’s upcoming discussion will focus on gender disparities in academia, sports and educational attainment. His final discussion on April 29 will be on men’s health.
“Research shows that a lot of men put their health aside,” said Castro. “At a young age, we are taught to be independent but sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that you can’t do everything on your own. It’s okay to seek help.”
All discussions will be held in the University Library, room 4829 at noon. To learn more about “DUDES Dialogues,” contact Arturo Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.