NASHVILLE – Members of the Tennessee State Athletics Department including, student-athletes, administrators and coaches attended the A Call to Men in Tennessee seminar held in Kean Hall on Thursday.
“Here at TSU we want to continue having positive programs like this,” said the Men and Women’s Center Director, Chandra Lipscomb. “We excused students from class and we appreciate everyone who came out. This is exactly what is needed for us to make things better.”
The event, a partnership with TSU and the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, kicked-off the statewide Engaging Men Project. The initiative is led by A Call to Men Co-founder and nationally recognized Educator, Activist and Lecturer Tony Porter. The purpose was to motivate and inspire students and community members to end men’s violence against women and to promote healthy, respectful manhood.
TSU Left Tackle, Kevin Oliver, mentioned that what really stuck out to him was the importance of being role models to younger men and treating women with respect.
Following a welcome, opening remarks and lunch, Porter addressed the crowd of TSU students, staff and community members. He touched on many topics, including relationships, perceptions and violence against women.
“Today’s seminar was very informational,” said assistant men’s basketball coach Rodney Hamilton. “With me having two daughters and one on the way, as a father, I thought some of the things that were discussed here today were valuable. I learned a lot of this growing up and I will have to share this with my daughters but in a different perspective.”
This special presentation was intended for college students as well as domestic and sexual violence advocates and allies. The goal was to explore ways that men and boys can help stop violence against women and girls.
“It was a really good seminar and I learned a lot,” added TSU wide receiver Isaiah Freeman. “I’m happy we were able to discuss what’s going on in today’s society among men and women. Hopefully we can all come together and stop the violence against our beautiful queens.”
Other partners and collaborators for the seminar include Verizon Wireless, Meharry Medical College, National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., The YWCA of Middle Tennessee, Representative Harold Love, Jr. as well as a number of TSU organizations: Athletics Department, Men & Women’s Centers, Student Activities, Crime & Prevention and the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
TSU Ticket Office manager Zellina Anderson had this to say about the event, “I am very happy that I was able to attend today. I think it was very good information and I wish more young men from campus would have attended.”