Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Men Can Stop Rape Announces Neil Irvin as New Executive Director

WASHINGTON, DC – Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is pleased to announce the promotion of Neil Irvin as the organization’s new Executive Director.

“After conducting an extensive national search, I can think of no one more uniquely suited to do this work other than Neil. His passion and commitment to men’s involvement in ending violence against women, as well as his diverse skill set, were instrumental in our decision,” said Men Can Stop Rape’s Board President Heather Peeler. “We are delighted that he accepted the position.”

Irvin recently served as Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. He joined Men Can Stop Rape in 2001.

“Throughout my time here at Men Can Stop Rape I have witnessed the breadth and impact of our work with young men, and I am both thrilled and humbled to lead this organization’s work,” Irvin said. “Men Can Stop Rape is truly unique not only for its mission, but for its commitment to challenging social norms of masculinity and its connection to violence. This is an incredible opportunity for me personally, but there is also tremendous potential for MCSR to help young men create ‘cultures free from violence’ if we strengthen our relationships with organizations inside and outside this field.”

“Over the past nine years Neil’s grown MCSR’s curriculum-based youth program from one school in Washington, DC to over 100 locations in ten states throughout the country,” said Peeler. “He’s also played an instrumental role in our partnerships with local and national organizations doing this work. I have every confidence Neil’s leadership and brilliant understanding of the communities that we serve will be critical to the fulfillment and expansion of Men Can Stop Rape’s mission in the years ahead.”

As Executive Director, Irvin will be responsible for continuing Men Can Stop Rape’s national work in the field of primary prevention of men’s violence against women, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations. He will oversee all programs of the twelve year old non-profit which include its award-winning youth program the Men of Strength Club, its college program Campus Strength, its Strength Trainings for youth-serving professionals, and its “My Strength" public awareness campaign.

Irvin played a critical role in Men Can Stop Rape’s partnership with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which in 2005 established a $2 million comprehensive social marketing campaign and programming throughout California. In 2007, he led MCSR’s Strong Moves initiative to place the Men of Strength Club in every public high school in the District of Columbia, the largest city-wide effort of its kind in the country.

Identified by the Centers for Disease Control as a “promising practice,” the Men of Strength Club, or MOST Club, provides male teens with a structured space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. Now in its tenth year, Men Can Stop Rape’s middle school and high school curriculum are taught in schools throughout California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.

Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Irvin has served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Boys and Girls Club, Ford Foundation, and Liz Claiborne Foundation. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University. Prior to joining MCSR, he worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents.

Irvin resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and two daughters. He can be reached at nirvin@mencanstoprape.org.

Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR)'s mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. Named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the world’s most innovative violence prevention programs, Men Can Stop Rape has reached over 2 million youth and professionals since 1997. MCSR has worked with organizations such as the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, US Department of Health & Human Services, and various school systems and universities throughout the country. More information about our programs is available at www.mencanstoprape.org.

Media Contact:
Nicole Player
Men Can Stop Rape
202-534-1835
nplayer@mencanstoprape.org

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