Jackson Katz, Co-Founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention, gave a thought provoking presentation at the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference on September 3.
Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as his pioneering work in critical media literacy. An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP was one of the first programs to use a “bystander” model for gender violence prevention; Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach. Today, MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. Katz’s educational video Tough Guise, his appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, his authorship of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help”, and his lectures in the U.S. and around the world have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.