LIVE: Dee Lanier – Men at Risk


Dee stood up and said, “I am at risk.” How do you define risk? How do you explain this academically and personally? Even as a grown man now, the statistics are against him. Dee is at risk because he’s a man. He’s at risk because he’s married. He’s at risk because he is a man of color.

Chances of divorce are high in this country. Children of divorce parents are at a 40% chance higher of divorce. One in three children grow up in America without their biological dad in their home.

The odds are against him. If he falls, what happens to his wife and kids? The fall of a man contributes to the poverty in our nation, continuing the cycle.

In response to this, Dee launched a locally-based nonprofit, UNCOMMEN, that then created campaigns like “#dontbeajack,” a means of holding men accountable for their manly, fatherly and marital responsibilities.

In the spirit of hope and with a lyrical tone, he rhymes phrases and touching sayings full of motivation and duty. “Don’t ‘jack up’ your relationships” and  “Shut your ‘jack hole.'”

UNCOMMEN uses humor and satire to attract a man’s attention and to appeal to them through social media and an app and then keeps them with encouraegment and supportive  reminders that men are not alone in risk; encouraging: Men make an impact. Be a man. Don’t be a Jack.

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About the Speaker…

“Sociologist turned Technologist,” Dee Lanier is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race-relations, and inequality. From 2007-2012 Dee served at Crossroads Charter HS as a full-time Vocational Studies teacher, Testing Coordinator and Title I Director. Dee also served as the Technology Catalyst for the Lower School at Trinity Episcopal School and is currently the Executive Director of UNCOMMEN, a nonprofit organization that leverages technology for social change, and is a board member and Tech Coach at Charlotte Lab School. Dee is also a featured speaker at several Global Summits featuring Google for Education and curator of all things #thinkopen.



Written by Kseniya Martin.