Welcome to the Fathers For Pixels “Meet The Dads” section where you can learn more about the 6 dads and experts who will be taking part in our second annual Fathers For Pixels livestream panel series on YouTube.

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Raising Boys in a Digital World: Fathering in the Age of Social Media

Emiliano Diaz de Leon, the Men’s Engagement Specialist at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA); Soraya Chemaly, Director and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project; and Stuart Chase, a veteran communications, public and media relations and social media expert, will be discussing the unique challenges of parenting boys in the age of social media including help boys navigate and use social media safely while respecting women and girls online, neutralising the subcultures of misogyny and femicide on social media (and teaching their sons to do the same), as well as what men and boys can do to help prevent and intervene in online violence against women and girls.

This live panel session will take place at 10.30am ET, June 5th, 2021 (Saturday). Bookmark the YouTube Live page here.

Emiliano Diaz de Leon – USA

EMILIANO DIAZ DE LEON works for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) as the Men’s Engagement Specialist. Emiliano came to this work as a victim advocate due to his experiences of family violence and his perpetration of teen dating violence. He is a proud dada of an 11-year-old boy named Joaquin and is happily married to Cynthia, a longtime educator. He strives to be a role model for his son and other men working to heal and end cycles of violence. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Stuart Chase – Canada

STUART CHASE has almost 20 years of varied communications, public and media relations and social media experience across governmental, agency, private and non-profit sectors. In short, he loves to tell a good story. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife of 15 years and their two children.

 


The “Fathers Raising Feminist Sons” Session: The Samalin Family

MenChallenging Co-founder, Joe Samalin, his father, Rich Samalin, and his brother Matt Samalin who is a dad to a toddler son,  will be discussing the role of dads in raising boys into men to respect women and girls and challenge toxic masculinity and how this has worked in and for their family, as well as for their peers and their wider community.

This live panel session will take place at 10.30am ET, June 12th, 2021 (Saturday). Bookmark the YouTube Live page here.

Joe Samalin – USA

JOE SAMALIN was born and raised in New York City, and has been working on issues of gender-based violence for over 20 years, beginning as a student activist and organizer. He has worked with numerous organizations in NYC, nationally, and internationally including Day One, San Horizon, Men Can Stop Rape, Breakthrough, and others, and currently works as a consultant to help engage men and boys in preventing gender violence. He has experience designing and facilitating trainings, curricula, and men’s engagement programs, and has delivered hundreds of talks, lectures, and workshops relating to gender violence. In 2019 he co-founded MenChallenging, an online campaign challenging men to directly support survivors of gender violence and to take action to prevent it.

Matt Samalin – USA

MATT SAMALIN was born and raised in New York City. He attended SUNY Purchase for an undergraduate degree in performance, and is currently finishing up a PsyD as a school psychologist. He is currently working as a counselor to college and university students, and lives with his partner Bella and their son Oliver in upstate New York.

Rich Samalin – USA

RICH SAMALIN was born and raised in the Bronx NY and was a talented athlete and musician from high school on. He is a classically trained bass player, recording engineer, composer, and more. He currently works as the sole audio engineer to George Guidall, heralded as the top audio book voice over artist today. He is married to muralist and painter Lisa Samalin, and they have two sons Matt and Joe, one grandson Oliver, and two cats.

 


Fathering and Masculinity in the Pandemic Era

Dr Jamie Rishikof, a clinical psychologist working with kids, teens, and families for more than 20 years, and Emiliano Diaz de Leon, the Men’s Engagement Specialist at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) will be discussing the unique demands of parenting boys during the global pandemic including challenging toxic masculine behaviour that sabotages public health efforts, what fathers can do to help their sons understand and adhere to public health and safety best practices, and what fathers and sons can do to help stop the shadow pandemic of violence against women.

This live panel session will take place at 10.30am ET, June 19th, 2021 (Saturday). Bookmark the YouTube Live page here.

Dr Jamie Rishikof – USA

DR JAMIE RISHIKOF been in practice as a clinical psychologist working with kids, teens, and families for more than 20 years. He has two children: Carter (12) and Madison (9). He finds that his clinical work informs his life as a parent, and his experience as a parent informs his clinical perspective.

Emiliano Diaz de Leon – USA

EMILIANO DIAZ DE LEON works for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) as the Men’s Engagement Specialist. Emiliano came to this work as a victim advocate due to his experiences of family violence and his perpetration of teen dating violence. He is a proud dada of an 11-year-old boy named Joaquin and is happily married to Cynthia, a longtime educator. He strives to be a role model for his son and other men working to heal and end cycles of violence. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Michael Yonas, DrPH, MPH – USA

MICHAEL YONAS, DrPH, MPH, serves as vice president of public health, research and learning and is responsible for managing The Pittsburgh Foundation’s public health research, prevention and intervention initiatives. He is the proud dad of Zachary (age 20) and Annie (age 16).