Teachers will do the learning the next couple days as Western Illinois University hosts the annual Dealing With Difference Institute.
The new Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development at Western Illinois University will primarily conduct research.
Director Tracy Davis says it will offer new perspectives on those issues.
For example, he is collaborating on a study of African-American men he hopes will have insights about successful black men in higher education.
He says, “If you read the (professional) literature today the titles are going to say something about African-American men having, you know, lower ACT scores or having more psychological distress.“