Becoming a man is a process that consists of several moral and physical dimensions. This month, the male population at Dublin School has been challenged, as men, in two of these areas: one, in growing facial hair and two, in supporting nonviolence against women. Let’s deal with the initial part of the challenge first. While Dublin students are typically not permitted to sport any semblance of facial hair, Mr. Nemitz has lifted that ban for the month of February- on the condition that each participant be sponsored. The sponsor will donate a minimum of ten dollars to the organization, “Futures Without Violence,” which leads us to the more serious aspect of this challenge. All students and faculty are encouraged to spend some time researching and reflecting on how to better promote nonviolence against women and children. “Futures Without Violence” describes its goals and work on its website: “From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time. We advance the health, stability, education, and security of women and girls, men and boys worldwide. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the US Congress. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges on improving responses to violence and abuse. As well, we work with advocates, policy makers and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships – the relationships that all individuals, families, and communities need and deserve.”
At the end of the month, Mr. Nemitz will be sending the donations in to the organization, as well as highlighting and celebrating our soon-to-be hirsute participants. Students are encouraged to pursue any variety of facial hairstyle that they wish. In the meantime, if a student approaches you with the unsettling sounding statement of “I need you to sponsor my facial hair,” don’t be alarmed- get involved!