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Leading medical and gender equity experts join national board

Washington, DC – July 12, 2012 – Today The Boys Initiative announced the appointment of Michael Kimmel, PhD, and David L. Bell, MD, MPH, to its National Advisory Board.

Michael Kimmel is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on men and masculinities, including GUYLAND: THE PERILOUS WORLD WHERE BOYS BECOME MEN, andMANHOOD IN AMERICA; A CULTURAL HISTORY. Among the founders of the academic subfield of Masculinity Studies, he is the co-editor of the ENCYCLOPDEDIA OF MEN AND MASCULINITIES, and the HANDBOOK ON STUDIES OF MEN AND MASCULINITIES. He is the founder and Editor of MEN AND MASCULINITIES, the field's scholarly journal. Dr. Kimmel has lectured at more than 350 colleges and universities, and consults regularly with corporations and governments about engaging men in campaigns promoting gender equality.

David L. Bell is Assistant Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He is an adolescent medicine physician who works primarily with ages 12-24 and is the medical director of the Young Men's Clinic and the School-Based Clinic Program. He provides direct patient care for adolescent and young adult males and females within the Young Men's Clinic and the Family Planning Clinic. Dr. Bell is currently on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute. He has consulted for the federal Office of Family Planning, and assisted with trainings on male health with Federal OFP Regions I, II, IV and VI, as well as with Engender Health (formerly AVSC). He has appeared on MTV, BET, and CBS, promoting male health issues. Dr. Bell completed a three-year adolescent medicine specialty fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

“We are pleased and honored to welcome Drs. Bell and Kimmel,” said Dennis J. Barbour, Co-Founder and EVP of The Boys Initiative. “They each bring a unique and important perspective to our work as we continue to expand participation in our efforts. Our organization seeks to be a “big tent” on issues impacting boys and young men, and we encourage vigorous dialogue on solutions to that growing problem.”

The mission of The Boys Initiative is to shed light on the increasing problem of underachievement among boys and young men, to foster dialogue and debate about the issue, and to collaborate on solutions with those who are committed to the futures of our nation’s youth. The organization’s principal role is to serve as a hub for information exchange and action among the broad range of organizations whose work touches on boys and young men.