Fatherhood Forum

father with his two sons smiling at the camera8th Annual Fatherhood Forum

2023 Date TBD

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

Fathers and guardians of all ages are welcome to listen how COVID has impacted gender roles on the home front and the research on the changing role of fathers in the workplace. Speaker Dr. Brad Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers,

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

Past Fatherhood Forums

2022 - Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed, and Conflicted (12-1pm, virtual)

2020 - Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic (webinar series)

  • Healing as a Father: Watch the Replay
  • Fathers and Difficult Conversations about Race: Watch the Replay
  • Watch the Replay
  • Being an Emotionally Responsive Dad: Good for your Kids, Good for You!: Watch the Replay
  • Positive Discipline: Watch the Replay
  • Finances for Fathers
  • Boy/Dad Panel
  • Girl/Dad Panel
  • Faith Based Fathering, “The Godfather” 
  • Metabolizing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
  • Fathering Through a Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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