Catawba College offers forum Aug. 31

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 24, 2017

SALISBURY — “Healthy Environment, Healthy Relationships” is the title of a forum that Catawba College will host at 11 a.m. Aug. 31.

The forum, slated for Keppel Auditorium in Robertson College Community Center, will feature Tony Porter, an author, educator and activist who works to advance social justice as chief executive officer of A Call to Men, and Jeff Matsushita, a program specialist at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Coordinated by Erin Wood, Catawba’s Title IX administrator and associate professor of psychology, in collaboration with First Year Seminar faculty, Student and Academic Affairs, athletics, the Honors Program, the psychology department and others, the forum will examine societal norms and how gender influences behavior.

The goal of the forum, according to Wood, is to elevate on-campus discussion and learning about domestic and sexual violence.

Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting healthy, respectful manhood. He is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training.

An international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, Porter has been a guest presenter in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and has worked with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.”

Matsushita’s employer has allowed him to travel and be part of the movement to end violence against women, girls and the gender nonconforming community. As a trainer for A Call to Men, he has worked nationally providing instruction on healthy, respectful manhood with high schools and colleges, as well as the NFL.

The forum should last slightly less than an hour and is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register a group, contact Wood at