DISPLAYS OF CHARACTER
Meet the WRD Campaign Ambassadors displayed in the Exhibit
- Albert Pless
- Alex Gordillo
- Andy Polanco
- Bob Russo
- Fred Jewett
- Jarrod Chin
- John Laing
- Leonard Hayes
- Malcolm Astley
- Paulo Pinto
- Ramesh Advani
- Robert Bongiorno
- Yevin Roh
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Ambassadors agree to wear the ribbon on White Ribbon Day and recruit 5 to 10 male friends and colleagues to join them in taking the WRD pledge.
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Ambassador Jarrod Chin
Director for Training and Curriculum Northeastern University’s Ctr for the Study of Sport in Society
“Through media a person can get the impression that most men casually accept gender based violence. The reality is that most men find it unacceptable, but don’t know how to speak out about this issue. The White Ribbon Day Campaign provides men a voice to collectively say no one should be abused.”
Jarrod Chin competed internationally in volleyball starting at age 13 and found a way to match his love of sports with his passion for violence prevention, mentorship and social justice. Since 2001, he was worked at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he currently is the director for training and curriculum. Jarrod has led more than 7,000 hours of discussion centered on preventing violence and promoting diversity in athletic, academic and non-academic settings including professional leagues. One of their key programs is the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program which introduced the bystander approach to the sexual assault and domestic violence prevention field in 1993 as an effective strategy to engage men in ending gender based violence. Jarrod signed on as a White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign Ambassador because “it is a natural extension of my commitment to engage other men in this work.”
Part of this work is changing beliefs so that healthy masculinity allows “men to feel free to be who they are without worrying about what other men think. Healthy masculinity becomes something not in opposition to femininity, something complimentary rather than adversarial.” He feels men ought to “hold other men accountable” for violence against women by educating their friends, brothers, family and teammates in healthy masculinity.
One of the things that resonates the most for him in the WRD Campaign is that it “provides an initial way for men to get involved- a safe first step.” He realizes that many men are reluctant to get publicly involved in speaking about this issue for fear of being viewed as a former perpetrator or victim. The WRD Campaign provides a space where men can speak up collectively, not only as individuals. He has found that the Campaign has allowed him to have conversations with other men about the issue of gender violence that is informal and naturally generated.
Although this is a universal issue, Jarrod sees how WRD has opened up space for him to have more fruitful dialogue with family members. He highlights the issue of gender violence as personally important, because it effects the women and girls in his family that they care about and love.
He notes that one of the most initially surprising discoveries in his work as a WRD Ambassador has been “how many men truly care about this issue. In fact, they’re a kind of silent majority. Through media you can get the impression most men casually accept gender violence. The reality is most men really don’t think it is okay. The WRD Campaign has been successful in getting more men to be vocal about their support of women and unwilling to accept men’s violence against them as normative.”
Jarrod has found one of the most valuable contributions the WRD Campaign has made is the extent to which it has been successful at bringing exposure to the issue of gender violence to the consciousness of men. He remembers a time when it was “like pulling teeth to get men to participate in the MVP trainings. Now, we have an overwhelming number of men actively seeking training and education from MVP. The WRD Campaign is a part of that shift.”
For the future, he would be excited to see more businesses and corporations get involved. “With only 4% of corporations providing any type of domestic violence training to their employees,” Jarrod sees opportunities for CEO’s and Human Resource departments to bring about policy and programmatic shifts towards further education for men and women about gender based violence occurring in the workplace. “WRD makes clear that these issues are everyone’s business.”