Keynotes & Workshops
Below are brief descriptions of some of the workshops Keith has led and keynotes he has given. Most can be designed for a variety of student audiences or for faculty and staff professional development. All presentations are designed to meet the interests and developmental needs of the audience and available in workshop or keynote format.
This nationally recognized, award winning, and research proven presentation helps participants understand how people of all genders can be a part of the solution to end rape on campus. This presentation helps men identify what they have to gain from ending campus rape, empowers college students of all genders to see the messages all around them that foster a rape culture on campus and in society at large, and challenges each of us to confront and intervene in the rape culture. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of consent and the mis-education that our culture socializes us into around hooking up and having sex. Strategies are offered that will allow participants to play a part in ending rape according to their own comfort levels. Participants will leave the session with a vivid understanding of the issues and tangible ways to make change happen. Click here for video.
There was a presenter to the students that my daughter raved about. She wanted to give him a standing ovation at the end, and wished that she had. She said that he presented a difficult subject in a clear and non-accusatory way. Thank you very much for making the campus a safer place through such a fine job.
-parent of first-year student
“Putting My Man Face On”: College Men’s Gender Identity Development
Keith shares an empirically based theory of college men’s gender identity development grounded in poignant video stories from research participants to engage the audience. Participants will explore how college men learn, conform to, and perhaps begin to transcend traditional masculinity. The theory that emerged from this constructivist grounded theory study of 10 college men’s experiences depicts their gender identity as developed through constant interaction with society’s expectations of them as men. In order to try to meet these perceived expectations, participants described putting on a performance that was like wearing a mask or “putting my man face on.” They described a process of learning societal expectations, putting on a mask to conform to these expectations, wearing the mask, and struggling to begin taking off the mask. For student audiences, Keith focuses on how college men can begin to transcend these rigid gender norms individually and collectively. For faculty and staff offices, Keith focuses on strategies for reaching, educating, and helping men foster their gender identity development.
Keith was wonderful to work with on our campus. He did a presentation for staff, a keynote for students, and met with some of the leaders of our Interfraternity Council. Our men seemed to really connect with Keith’s work and I think it was a great start to the conversation on men and masculinity on our campus.
– St. Norbert College
This session will discuss an aspiring ally identity development model as a possible framework of developing more effective allies. Individuals who are supportive of social justice efforts are not always effective in their anti-oppression efforts. Some who genuinely aspire to act as social justice allies are harmful, ultimately, despite their best intentions, perpetuating the system of oppression they seek to change. Different underlying motivations of those who aspire to be allies can lead to differences in effectiveness, consistency, outcome, and sustainability. The conceptual model presented here, using underlying motivation to frame the different issues and challenges facing those who are aspiring allies, is offered as a tool for social justice educators’ self-reflection and developing students as allies for social justice. This session should particularly benefit individuals seeking to develop their own ally behavior and those seeking a conceptual model to help inform the development of potential allies into true allies for social justice. Click here for slides, handouts, article, webinar video, and more.
“Keith did a great job working with our professional residential life team. He provided a very different way to think about social justice ally development that left us talking and thinking for weeks. Over two months later his presentation would still come up in conversations. Keith provides a rare combination of outstanding presentation skills and an astute awareness of social justice issues.”
-Grant Anderson, Coordinator of Residence Life Staff, Education, and Research, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Curriculum Approaches to Student Learning Beyond the Classroom
Student affairs staff members are well versed in the rich opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. However, typical efforts to foster that learning through program models often fall short in design, staff buy-in, student learning, and measurable outcomes. Keith and colleagues work to help individual campuses shift to a curricular approach. This process is often through a two day retreat that helps the staff make the paradigm shift, establish their educational priority and learning goals unique to their institution, and create concrete plans for strategically moving forward including on-going design, implementation, and assessment.
To this day, my colleagues and I complement Keith’s investment in our team’s knowledge and resources. He shared specific recommendations for us to consider, after taking time for thoughtful dialogue, and his insights have provided clarity and energy for our team.
-Hilary Lichterman, Associate Director of Residential Learning Initiatives, University of South Carolina
Toward Thriving: The Science of What Works
This session will share concepts and principles from the latest science of what works from positive psychology and neuroscience. Participants will apply these concepts through a series of interactive activities to gain clarity, set goals, determine priorities, identify actions steps, and make commitments toward thriving in their current professional and personal lives.
I can honestly say that I have never had so many people make a point of calling or finding me to say how much they really appreciated the program. I’ve heard stories about how they have applied lessons they learned or took a moment to think differently about a situation. I’ve been coordinating professional development for our division for a number of years and I’ve brought some wonderful speakers over time but this is truly the most positive response I’ve ever seen.
-Suzanne Sullivan McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students, Fashion Institute of New York
From Anti-Oppression to Liberation Approaches to Social Justice: Strategies and Approaches
A clear understanding of oppression, privilege, and power illuminates inequities and unfairness in the social structure all around us. Often those who care most deeply about working toward more justice and equity can find themselves engaging in practices that undermine our goals. This session will challenge participants to look deeply at their social justice work. Strategies like shaming and self-righteousness are understandable (and so tempting) but counter-productive. How do we create greater awareness so that our approaches invite greater accountability, self-reflection, and transformational learning toward more justice and equity in the world.
“Appreciated the focus of how to change your thinking and moving forward.”
“Best program: Really helps with the “now what” question.”
“Keith has a gift for connecting”
“This was an incredible presentation. I look forward to seeing more of Keith’s work.”
-MCPA Conference Attendees – 4.96/5 overall rating from 20 attendees
Are you seeking, in the midst of, or anticipating a transition in your life? This workshop will engage participants in a high energy strategic planning process designed to help them get clear about what they want and how they can get there. This session will apply concepts grounded in positive psychology research, utilize Zen approaches to help participants get out of their own way, and engage coaching practices to help participants gain clarity and create their own solutions. This session can be done as a staff development, individual development, or closing keynote to help participants make the most of a conference experience.
“Best session I have been to out of all MCPA conferences I have attended! Awesome!!!”
“This is by far the most beneficial action planning session I have attended at a professional conference. Incredibly helpful in clarifying purpose and creating accountability strategies.”
Foundations of Social Justice Education
This workshop provides an overview of the foundational elements of social justice. This session includes social group identities, systems of oppression, and explores ways that educators can be effective in educating others to create greater equity and justice. This can be a two hour workshop or a full day faculty and staff development opportunity.
Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention & Title IX Compliance
Campuses are seeking assistance in responding to and preventing sexual violence. Keith offers clear information grounded in the latest research on perpetrators of sexual violence and a variety of strategies for individual, departments, and institutional wide response. This two hour to two day session moves committed individuals from frustration to ideas to action. This surprisingly engaging, fast paced, and highly productive approach can be the first step in transforming your campuses approach to sexual violence prevention.
This session will explore the intersections of racism, classism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression in defining and enforcing a traditional hegemonic definition of masculinity which serves to oppress women, marginalize some men, and limit all men. Using interactive activities, participants will examine the ways other forms of oppression help socialize men into performing to a version of masculinity that fosters sexism; encourages overt racism, classism, and homophobia; and results in men’s loss of authenticity and humanity. By helping men recognize the limiting nature of traditional masculinity, educators can help men develop a selfish, as well as altruistic, motivation to transcend traditional definitions of masculinity as a means of working towards social justice. Applications of this approach in addressing men’s sexism, classism, homophobia, and racism will be discussed as well as implications for men’s high risk drinking, campus involvement, and academic recruitment, retention, and success. This session should particularly benefit individuals interested in exploring the intersections of racism, homophobia, and classism; examining how men are hurt as a result of their privileged socialization; and applying concepts to address issues on campus such as violence against women, homophobia, and men’s academic and personal well being.
It is not unusual for those in leadership roles to experience being overwhelmed and stuck. This often results in leaders finding that they are not as effective as they believe they should be and that they have been shaken from being the leaders they aspire to be. Keith offers Zen philosophy and perspective to help leaders get our of their own way and find the brilliance within them once again. Leaders who are able to simultaneously let go of as much control as possible and claim as much agency as possible see not only their leadership but their lives transformed.