This week, West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services, the Center for Black Culture and Research and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion came together for a panel moderated by Ph.D. student, Jason Ottley. The focus of the night was faculty diversity and diverse student recruitment.
Barbershop talks club allows men to talk of relationships, sex openly
Barbershop Talks was founded by full-time student Jason Ottley. Ottley set out to create the all-male club because he felt as if there was nowhere on campus where men had a place to express themselves openly and honestly in a group setting. Ottley explained how in the past there were relationship forums open to men and women, however the attendance ratio staggered due to the fact that it was predominately women who would go to the meetings. Ottley noticed the imbalance and took it upon himself to make a change.
“We were trying to figure out how we could get the men more involved. The only way we could think about doing it was to have a session just for men,” Ottley said. “Sometimes I feel like men have a hard time opening up around females, and I think they have an easier time relating to men about relationships. Men don’t have to clam up when they’re in male settings.”
Ottley believes with the abundance of broken homes and children being raised by a single parent, it is important for young men to have a place to go to discuss relationships and be given the opportunity to learn something they may not have previously known about themselves.
A Fistful of Condoms: Safer Sex Week Returns to Campus
Taking place Sept. 14-19, Safer Sex Week is a week of learning for YSU students, both on and off campus. YSU will attempt to engage students with an assortment of events that try to impart essential information on safer sex.
In addition to offering students the necessary resources to lead a safe sex life — from pamphlets to colored condoms — Jason Ottley, a nationally circulating relationship expert, will also speak about building healthy college relationships.
Relationship panel to discuss communication, healthy unions
The Relationship Tour, which will be held at Frederick Community College on Friday evening, falls under his nonprofit organization activities and evolved from the book's success, he said.
"After writing the book, I was being asked to come speak about it at churches, schools and other organizations," Ottley said. "So (the tour) was a springboard from the book."
The Relationship Tour, subtitled "From His Lips to Her Ears," is a panel discussion or forum in which panelists talk about building healthy and communicative relationships between men and women. The first one was held in October in Washington, Ottley said, and there has since been another in Forestville. The Frederick event will be the third official tour stop, although Ottley has already booked dates in Tulsa, Okla., Atlanta and parts of California for the near future.
Ottley plans to host two- to three-day conferences across the U.S. that delve deeper into relationships, which will include breakout sessions and workshops on topics such as dealing with self-esteem, setting boundaries in relationships, communicating intimately and dealing with past relationships before getting into new ones, he said.
This tour is a relationship tour, quite possibly the first of its kind. What this tour, entitled From His Lips to Her Ears, aims to do is open the conversation between men and women about relationships and empower them to make wiser choices while single and dating, to secure lasting, loving, and solid relationships.
Jason Ottley, Ph.D. Candidate, published his second book, Epiphany: 101 Relationship Inspirations for College Students. The book focuses on college student development, specifically interpersonal relationships.
The word friend has evolved so much that we have lost the true understanding of what it is. The dictionary defines a friend as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard; a person who supports, sympathizes, supports a group, cause, or a movement.
Although I agree that there is a range of degrees of intimacy in friendship and associations, there is a belief now that it is hard for men and women to be “just friends”. Women who have attractive male friends are constantly “teased” by their female friends as to secretly “dating” him because he is attractive.
Everyone is different. Everyone’s needs are different. And because of that, the key to understanding one another is constant communication. Without it, someone wants to remain friends and someone else wants to move out of the “friend only” zone.