Recent events have underscored the social and cultural barriers young black men face in America; barriers that are complicated by mental health challenges, rigid definitions of manhood, and lack of social support. In this CPRC seminar, Dr. Watkins will examine the evolving narrative of young black men at the intersection of race and gender, and the influence of news and social media on this evolving narrative. She will also discuss the origin and successful implementation of the gender-specific, culturally-sensitive, Facebook-based intervention for young black men, called the Young, Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) project. In this intervention, black men engage in thorough examinations of popular culture (e.g., songs, photos, news stories, YouTube videos) to improve their mental health outcomes, develop more progressive definitions of manhood, and establish sustainable social support networks. Implications for creative ways to tailor low-cost, high impact Internet-based interventions for young black men will be discussed.
DATE AND TIME
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
12:15 - 1:15 PM
Columbia School of Social Work, Room C05
1255 Amsterdam Avenue (between 121st and 122nd Street)
New York, NY 10027
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Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.