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BROTHERHOOD Initiative

c/o Counseling & Student Development
Marcus White 207
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

William Fothergill

Counseling & Student Development, Counselor
HEALTHYfellows Campaign / BROTHERHOOD Initiative
Founder and Coordinator
860-832-1639
fothergillw@ccsu.edu

Larry Hall

Office of Admissions & Recruitment, Director
halllaw@ccsu.edu

Andrew Fal

Elihu Burritt Library
Reference Librarian
FalA@ccsu.edu

Systems of Support

Health & Wellness

Individual Counseling

Men deserve gender competent wellness resources that specialize in servicing the emotional needs of men. It is the aim of Counseling & Student Development to provide male students with therapeutic supports that focus on helping college men live healthier lives. Counseling & Student Development offers a full range of counseling and wellness assessments, screening, and evaluations designed to address the unique health needs of men. To learn more about our specialized counseling services for men, please contact Counseling & Student Development at (860) 832-1927 and schedule a consultation with one of our counselors.

Link: http://web.ccsu.edu/healthservices/index.asp?redirected

WHAT ARE THE OTHER BROTHERS SAYING?
  • “The idea of males seeking support is a bit of a taboo, which keeps them away even I had to be dragged into my first counseling session. There are many benefits. College is a stressful place for anyone-females aren’t the only ones that need help.” 
  • “As a man it is hard most of the time to deal w/issues and having a support system that guides you to where you need to be and how to deal with issues is a big stress reliever and allows room for self-improvement.”

CONNECTIONS Resource Meeting for College Men

Who are we?
CONNECTIONS is a weekly group where CCSU college men can gather for personal support, encouragement, information, guidance, and comradery with other men who seek to be his best.

Why a group meeting for college men?
College men deserve a place where they can go to address “guy issues” and acquire the necessary resources to succeed in college.

  • “I got a lot out of the program especially confidence. It made me realize my potential and how to work toward better future for myself and ultimately my family. I appreciate all the work the leaders put in and they made me feel like I was a number one priority when I was there.” 
  • “I learned a lot of things about myself my thinking and my beliefs because of the group. I’ve started asking myself those difficult questions that, quit honestly, men are not likely to ask themselves because they won’t like the answers they give themselves. I’m pretty sure that’s called the truth. While I may not be great at it yet. I’ve started to do that, and the other members will make sure I continue to do so.”
  • “Benefits of having a support group for college men are guidance from older men who can help younger men define manhood and grow as men. This will in turn make those who attend increasingly more responsible and respectful.”

Transitional Life Coaching

Transitional Life Coaching is a performance enhancement process that is designed to help students maximize their student potential. Coaching embraces a holistic framework that focuses on directing, mentoring, educating, and training individuals or a group of individuals to set and achieve specific goals and (or) benchmarks.

Benefits
  • Provide motivation and encouragement.
  • Facilitates purpose planning, goals creation, and life mapping.
  • Teaches performance enhancement skills and strategies.
  • Improves self-discipline, self-control, and emotional regulation.
  • Maximizes individual creativity
  • Enhances the effective management of stress
  • Promotes accountability and task completion.
  • Helps students more effectively coordinate systems of support.

Leadership & Advocacy

MEN’S HEALTH & WELLNESS FORUM

The Men’s Health & Wellness Forum is an annual forum established as a means of celebrating the diversity of the male spirit. The forum focuses on promoting the needs of male students by encouraging men to become actively engaged in actives that support and improve education, health, and wellness outcomes.

It is the goals of the Men’s Health & Wellness Forum to heighten awareness about lifestyle practices that will improve the lives of men and those who genuinely care about their welfare. The event provides institutions of education, parents, partners, healthcare providers, government representatives, and the larger community with resources to improve wellness outcomes for male populations.

Ebenezer D. Bassett Student Achievement Award & Ceremony

Advocacy & Leadership (Community Engagement, Outreach, Presentations, Program Development, & Public Service)

  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Attending & Presenting at Conferences
  • Organizing and Coordinating Health and Wellness Programs
  • Community Engagement Projects
  • Men’s Health & Wellness Forum

Academic & Professional

Making the Grade Study Session and Success Seminars

Why study alone when you can study with the CCSU Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Making the Grade Study Sessions and Success Seminars provide students with the opportunity to study with other students who are seeking additional accountability for their study time. We want to help you get your work done, learn from your peers, and succeed by making the grade. Weekly success seminars are hosted every Friday.

  • Gain advice and tips from other students
  • Get help and provide help to others
  • Receive assistance with your class projects and presentations
  • Prepare for exams, tests, and quizzes
  • Referrals and connections to campus resources and services
  • Learn to study smarter not harder

When: Fridays
When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Africana Center (Basement Marcus White Hall)

Sisters of the Brotherhood

Sisters of the Brotherhood Logo

Sisters JOINING FORCES with brothers in order to create a more just and equitable world for all"

Men’s health issues don’t only affect men but affect all of us. When men are unhealthy families are unhealthy and when families are unhealth communities are unhealthy. The support of our Sisters is essential and necessary if we want to improve the health, wellbeing, and success of college men. The Sisters of the Brotherhood (SOB) exists as a vehicle established to bring college women and men together to address important societal issues. SOB was founded by CCSU female students who committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of college men. SOB is led by our sister allies who are willing to partner with us to improve gender equity for both women and man.

Students-Helping-Students

Student Success Advocates serve as a student advisor and role model. They provide academic support, coordinate retention programs and efforts that foster the academic success of CCSU male students. Student Success Advocates work to connect students with appropriate resources on campus by escorting and (or) making referral connection.

Developmental Relationships

Sidelines

SIDELINES function as a recognized wellness resource for male students. It operates as a safe and supportive place where engaged male students can find individuals who have identified themselves a gender competent resources for male students.

GO-2 and Wellness Navigators

GO2 logo

Navigators serve as wellness resource guides and transition specialists that volunteer to help male students complete their personal, educational, and professional goals. Navigators are agents of retention.

Men Anti-Violence Educational Resource Information Campaign (M.A.V.E.R.I.C.)

M.A.V.E.R.I.C. is a social marketing campaign that engages the CCSU male community in projects that promote peace. We believe a maverick is someone who thinks independently and does not conform to gender norms about violence. The participants of the BROTHERHOOD strive to be mavericks. Participants of the campaign seeks to engage men in constructive activities that help men better understand the institutionalization, socialization, and the culture of violence in our society and its impact within and outside of the guy community. The campaigns slogan: “No Horsing Around! Violence Affects All of Us”.

Collaborative Partnerships, Alliances, & Campaigns

Collaborative Partnerships

It is our collective mission to maximize the wellness potential of every boy and man. The agreement encourages collaboration, gender responsive or specialized service, advocacy, information dissemination, resource sharing, and the delivery of health promotion activities that inform and educate male students about living well.

  • The Collaborative Partnership is supported by shared expectations and agreements.
  • Consenting organizations share a common vision to eliminate educational, health, and wellness disparities that negatively impact the lives of male students.

Fatherhood Resources

The fatherhood component connects CCSU students to statewide fatherhood resources through the Department of Children and Families’ Fatherhood Initiative. The HEALTHYfellows / Man Enough Support Initiative also serves as a collaborative partner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (Region 5) and the Department of Social Services. Through the partnership, the institutions co-sponsors the Dads Matter Too Conference. It is our hope to connect the campus community to fatherhood resources in order to strengthen families and improve the college experience for students who are fathers and (or) prospective fathers. 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/dadsmatter2

Annual Men’s Health & Wellness Forum

The Men’s Health & Wellness Forum was established as a means of celebrating the diversity of the male spirit. The forum focuses on promoting the needs of male students by encouraging men to become actively engaged in actives that support and improve education, health, and wellness outcomes.

It is the goals of the Men’s Health & Wellness Forum to heighten awareness about lifestyle practices that will improve the lives of men and those who genuinely care about their welfare. The event provides institutions of education, parents, partners, healthcare providers, government representatives, and the larger community with resources to improve wellness outcomes of boys and men.

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