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Fostering Relational Strengths: The Role of Women in Supporting Men’s Health
This webinar offers a way of looking at and thinking about boys that reflects a feminist, relational framework for understanding people’s lives and experiences. Dr. Chu will begin by highlighting boys’ relational strengths and describing how boys’ gender socialization can lead them to cover up these aspects of their humanity. She will then consider how boys’ alignment with culturally prescribed norms of masculine behavior can impact their relationships and wellbeing. Finally, Dr. Chu will suggest how women (and others) can support boys’ healthy development by fostering boys’ connections to themselves and to others.
Contact Person: Susan Gay
Presenter’s Name: Dr. Judy Chu
Dr. Chu’s Biography:
Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches about Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Judy received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of When Boys Become Boys and co-editor of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood. She appears in and developed the accompanying curricula for Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s film, The Mask You Live In. Judy currently serves as Chair of Movember Foundation’s Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee, which focuses on mental health and suicide prevention. She is also the mother of a sixteen-year-old boy.