Toxic Masculinity


Feb. 14, 2019, 1pm to 2:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Philip Cohen Theater


The UNLV Intersection will host panel discussion titled “Toxic Masculinity”

The panel discussion will focus on the perspective of students and faculty at UNLV. Panelists will develop constructive dialogue and unpack how masculinity in its normative form alienates most, if not all men. Dialogue will recognize the role normative masculinity plays within alienating men, and reproducing violence. 
Participants: Participants will serve as panelists, and introduce one term each within discussion regarding toxic male behavior. Topics of discussion and learning objectives during seminar structure of the session is not meant to be rigid and strictly guided, but rather to facilitate an open dialogue and design an inclusive male space for further programmatic efforts.  

Purpose of Seminar:

Deconstruct toxic masculinities to reconstruct healthier, more inclusive notions of masculinity.

Create an inclusive space for male UNLV students to identify necessary support, campus resources, and mentorship in navigating the UNLV experience through the male perspective.

Support and challenge participants to achieve academic success.

Promote leadership & inclusion, and development of life skills for male UNLV students.

The seminar will enhance participants understanding of self and masculinity as it relates to interpersonal violence prevention at UNLV. 

Panelists will discuss examples that identify the construction of hegemonic heterosexual masculine identities. 

The importance of popularity, and acceptance and young men’s fears within male peer group cultures.

The utilization of sexual harassment as a means through which to maintain and regulate hierarchical power relationships, not just relative to gender, but also how these concepts further intersect with other sites of power such as ‘race’ and class. 

This forum is a preliminary venue to identify and develop future applications for male student intersectionality, development, mentorship, and furthering campus inclusion for male students navigating the UNLV experience. 


The seminar aims to promote “unlearning violence at UNLV’ as a minority serving institution MSI.

The purpose is explore, dissect, and construct an intersectional understanding of masculinity and maleness at UNLV, as well as to create destabilized spaces for those with privilege within our diverse campus community.

How does masculinity serve as a beneficial and/or harmful influence within the UNLV experience?  How does it affect our relationships with other men, with women, and with people of all gender expressions at UNLV? 

In short, how do we create spaces for men to talk honestly with other men and to practice healthier, more positive masculinities that reinforce UNLV?

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Patrick Naranjo

External Sponsor

  • UNLV Intersection
  • UNLV office of Student Conduct
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law
  • UNLV Office of Compliance
  • UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center
  • UNLV Green Dot
  • UNLV Interdisciplinary Gender & Ethnic Studies
  • United Conversations Network
  • The Center