Duane de Four is an educator with more than twenty-five years of experience applying an intersectional lens to the development of curricula, strategic initiatives, and policies, as well as the facilitation of discussions focused on issues such as; bystander intervention, masculinity, consent, sexual health, anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Duane has done this work in a wide variety of settings, including; the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, all branches of the U.S. Military, colleges and universities across the United States, high schools, middle schools, corporations, non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the US and in Nairobi, Kenya, and youth detention centers. He has also provided expert witness testimony in legislative hearings and domestic violence related cases.
In 2011, Duane was one of six Subject Matter Experts selected to train Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. In 2018, as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence’s Prevention Education Workgroup, Duane led the development of a series of guidelines for administrators, focused on preventing sexual and dating violence in educational settings from pre-kindergarten through college.
Duane has appeared on radio and TV programs on NPR, HuffPost Live, and PBS, as well as news reports in a number of states. His work has also been highlighted in domestic and international newspapers. Additionally, his writing has been published in: SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence, APEX Magazine and can also be found on HowManly.com, a blog about masculinity in media and culture.
Duane is currently working toward a PhD in Higher Education at UMass Boston, while teaching at Merrimack College, serving as a member of the MA Governor’s Council on SA/DV, and the board of directors at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).