In this article, the authors explore a rise in violent protest among white college men, theoretical interpretations of this trend, and recommendations that student affairs educators can implement to address the harmful acts of white male on campus. By examining hegemonic masculinity, the theory of dispossession, anomic protest masculinity, and white men’s disengagement in college, student affairs professionals can begin to understand the larger contemporary trend of student activism among white college men. Moreover, evaluating common strategies for engaging college men, including behavior-only approaches, bad-dogging accountability practices, and white privilege pedagogy, educators can gain perspective on how current responses in the field of student affairs may be counterproductive to solving the problem of protest masculinities on campus. Finally, through a critical analysis of patriarchy and white supremacy as systems of oppression in graduate preparation, professional development, and individual self-reflection, educators can begin to effectively engage angry white men in college.

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