Fatherhood Forum

father with his two sons smiling at the camera6th Annual Fatherhood Forum

Resilient Fathers:Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic

The Fatherhood Forum is an annual collaborative event sponsored by the WorkLife Office, Student Parent Resource Center, and the local community. Supported by MSUFCU.org

This year's event is a series of online webinar sessions held over the course of several months. This format will provide opportunities for fathers, parents, grandparents, and guardians to participate in ongoing learning in a new way.

Check the calendar for upcoming sessions.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Positive Discipline

Courtney Aldrich is a Program Instructor for Michigan State University Extension

Discipline is a difficult topic for parents. How do you know what helps and what hurts? Learn about techniques that focus on positive discipline that can help you create an environment that is safe, fun, and focuses on learning while helping children develop self control and minimize behavior problems.

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Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fathers and Difficult Conversations about RACE

Mr. Robert E. Dozier IV
This presentation is aimed to educate on Race while promoting Culture and Ethnicity.  Erasing the myths and cliches and uplifting what's real.

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Being an Emotionally Responsive Dad: Good for your Kids, Good for You!

Speaker: Jon Novello, MSU Employee Assistance Program

Dad’s make a difference in the lives of their kids.  We know this is absolutely true.  Traditionally, dads can contribute to providing the necessary structure and stability that kids need.  We also now know that when men are emotionally tuned in to their kids, children thrive!   And you know what else?  Being an emotionally responsive father is really, really good for the health of the dad, too!  Unfortunately, so many men have been discouraged from experiencing a full range of emotions, and as a result they may feel uncomfortable being emotionally open.  Join Jon Novello, counselor at MSU’s Employee Assistance Program, as he shares the ways that dads are so critical to the development of their children, and outlines what it really means to be an emotionally responsive dad.

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Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fathers and Difficult Conversations about RACE

This presentation is aimed to educate on Race while promoting Culture and Ethnicity.  Erasing the myths and cliches and uplifting what's real.

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Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Healing as a Father

Healing as a Father; this presentation will assist fathers in identifying areas of healing, and how healing will help fathers unleash the greatest father that already lies within them. This presentation will not only provide information, but also allow for fathers to have a safe space to discuss the topic of healing as fathers and as men. 

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An annual collaborative event sponsored by the WorkLife Office, Student Parent Resource Center, and the local community

2015 - Courageous Parenting (8a - 1p at Kellogg Center)

2016 - Spartans Will... Be Great Dads (8a - 4p at Kellogg Center)

2017 - Why Fathers Matter: Parenting for the Health of It (8a - 4p at MSU Student Union)

2018 - Faces of Fatherhood (8a - 4p at U Club)

2019 - Elements of Fatherhood (8a - 4p at LCC West)

2020 - Resilient Fathers - Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic

Who should attend the Fatherhood Forum?

  • Fathers of all ages and experiences, mothers, expectant parents, MSU students, staff, faculty, professionals, community partners, educators and anyone interested in parenting

Goals of the forum;

  • Create and make visible a network to support Dads, fatherhood and parenting across complex issues
  • Provide opportunities for relationship-building among fathers and with local organizations that support them
  • Tap the strength, wisdom and resiliency of people from diverse families.
  • Support men in the development of positive identities around what it means to be a man/father
  • Provide resources to support ongoing education and networking