Greek Men Fighting Toxic Masculinity
Meet Luis Fernandez
He’s studying at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Luis is one of Breakthrough’s 2016-17 Fellows. He is majoring in Information Technology and Informatics, with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Spanish, and is the Global Executive Director of the Google Community Leaders Program New Brunswick.
Luis, along with our other five Fellows, has been working with Breakthrough since September to challenge the culture of gender-based violence on his campus. As part of his leadership, he took this action in April 2017.
Luis is a member of a fraternity, and was all too aware of how fraternity culture strengthened harmful gender norms and perpetuated cultures of violence at Rutgers and beyond. While deeply invested in the positive things that can come from Greek life, Luis knew that gender-based violence often found a home in fraternities. He cared deeply about bringing more men into the conversation about how to change this culture.
Luis planned a workshop for his fellow fraternity men, centered on topics of masculinity, and relating it to the culture of Greek Life at Rutgers University. The session explored and discussed topics related to values of Greek Organizations, inclusivity, forms of healthy and toxic masculinity, and how it can lead to harmful norms and practices.
Photo from the workshop on April 23, 2017 by Ben Peraria.
Luis hopes that this workshop will be a first step towards build new and better culture in the Greek community at Rutgers, and help fraternity men challenge the gender norms that restrict all of us.