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Where are the Men?

Where are the Men?

The Third Annual Counselor Symposium
Clark University — March 23–24, 2014

Where are the Men? Guidance Counselor Symposium March 2014 - Clark University


Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Don Honeman

Michael Addis, Professor, Clark University's Hiatt School of Psychology

Jason Zelesky Dean of Students at Mount Wachusett Community College


  • Why do women increasingly choose to attend college in larger percentages than their male counterparts?
  • Are 18-year-old men as prepared,developmentally, for the academic and social collegiate environment as they should be?
  • How can we explain the fact that men score higher on standardized tests but present weaker high school records in the college application process?
  • Should more men consider a "gap year" before beginning their college experience?
  • Why is the gender gap greater among minority students?
  • Are there circumstances relating to the high school experience or family structure that favor women as college preparation unfolds during the teen age years?
  • How does the actual college experience differ (if at all) for men compared to women?

These are questions that were posed and explored at Clark University's third annual counselor symposium, which was coupled with an introduction to Clark, the nation's smallest liberal arts research university. Each symposium focused on a current issue facing those involved in the college admissions process, and examined the topic from the perspective of counselors at both the secondary and higher education levels.

Two keynote speakers highlighed the program. Nationally recognized Clark University Psychology Professor Michael Addis shared his conclusions in a keynote address looking at how cultural understandings of masculinity affect young men's well-being, including their social-emotional health, intellectual achievement, and physical condition — all of which are tied to men's success in college.

Jason Zelesky, Dean of Students at Mount Wachusett Community College brought to the program a 20-year student affairs background. Jason has worked alongside college students on issues of gender awareness, masculinity, sexual violence, hazing and substance abuse.

The first day of the symposium focused on an exchange of information, research, and anecdotal experiences to better understand the effect of gender differences on our approach to engaging college-bound students. Clark University Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid Don Honeman, Professor Ramon Borges-Mendez and a panel of Clark University students (men and women) contributed perspectives and facilitated participatory sessions with symposium attendees. Presentations were followed by practical discussions about how to positively impact the educational trajectory of young men.

The second day was an opportunity for attendees to become better acquainted with Clark University and its unique approach to a liberal arts education, and included a session about Clark's pioneering model of education, LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice); student conversations; and a campus tour. We thank all counselors who attended for joining us at this year's symposium and introduction to Clark.


Michael AddisMichael Addis received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1995. He is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University.

Dr. Addis has published over 70 articles and books on a variety of topics related to treatments for depression and anxiety, the integration of scientific research and clinical practice, and men's mental health.

His most recent trade book, "Invisible Men" was published by Times Books in 2011. Dr. Addis is past recipient of the American Psychological Association's David Shakow Award for early career contributions to the science and practice of clinical psychology, and the New Researcher Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the APA.

Jason ZeleskyJason Zelesky is currently Dean of Students at Mount Wachusett Community College. He has also worked in student affairs at Clark University, the University of Vermont, Saint Leo University (FL) and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

As a college educator, Jason has worked alongside college students on issues of gender awareness, masculinity, sexual violence, hazing and substance abuse. In the community, Jason is connected to a number of agencies that look to transform culture and educate young people on issues of domestic violence, social justice, sexual violence prevention, reproductive justice and gender expression.

Don HonemanDon Honeman has served Clark University as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid since 2009. Prior to that time he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, following 16 years as the University of Vermont's Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Planning.

Don served as Trustee of the College Board from 2005 to 2010, a position to which he was elected by the Board's New England members. He was also appointed chair of the College Board's regional Financial Aid Division Advisory Committee and as representative to the Regional Council of the College Board. A graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Don Honeman earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Dr. Ramón Borges-MéndezDr. Ramón Borges-Méndez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has a professional career in the United States and Latin America. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT and has held academic positions at UMass-Boston, UMass-Amherst, American University's School of International Service, The Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Chile's Public Policy Graduate Program.

He has worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, the Economic Commission on Latin American and the Caribbean of the United Nations (ECLAC), The United Nations' Department for Social and Economic Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Brookings Institution, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, the Government of Chile, and SEIU-1199 Health Workers. Prof. Borges-Méndez has written on various public policy issues: workforce development; labor markets; poverty and community development in the United States; immigration; sustainability and governance in Latin America.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

6:30 PM Dinner: Tilton Hall

Sunday, March 23, 2014

10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
Don Honeman, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center
10:45 AM Where are the Men?
Trends and Implications of the Growing Gender Gap in Higher Education
Professor Michael Addis, Department of Psychology
Jason Zelesky, Dean of Students, Mount Wachusett Community College
12:00 PM Lunch: Peppercorn's Grille & Tavern
1:15 PM-2:00PM Breakout Sessions #1
2:00 PM-2:45PM Breakout Sessions #2
3:00 PM-3:45 PM Breakout Sessions #3
4:00 PM Final Thoughts
Don Honeman, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center
5:00 PM Shuttles Depart for Dinner
5:30 PM Dinner: Sole Proprietor & Via Italian Table

Monday, March 24, 2014

8:30 AM Welcome and Clark Admissions Overview
Don Honeman, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center
9:30 AM Bringing LEEP to Life
Faculty Member
LEEP Pioneer
Academic Advising Staff

John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center
10:00 AM Campus Tour
11:30 PM Lunch: Tilton Hall
12:45 PM Destination: Worcester — Bus Tour
Clark University Seniors Aaron Segura and Tim Day
1:30 PM Farewell
Don Honeman, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center