Suicide, Celebrities, and “Having it All”

By: Josh Rivedal With the recent and tragic high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I’ve heard so much chatter around the topic of suicide. So many are asking “why,” “how could this happen,” “they had it all,” or “who’s next.” Unfortunately, we’ll never know the exact “why,” but what these two brilliant human-beings were going through was probably a layer of several crises or obstacles that contributed to...

Impact of a Workshop

By: Austin Arias On college campuses, now more than ever, it is important to empower students to see themselves as agents of change for not only their campus but society. For our students who choose to seek out leadership development experiences or involvement on campus, their already vested interest keeps them motivated. Determining the best way to deliver this development can be tricky but CAMPUSPEAK’s Interactive Workshops provide you the...

How Women Will End Hazing

[This article is based on content contributed by the author for publication in the upcoming book – Fall 2018 – by Hank Nuwer titled Destroying Young Lives: Hazing in Schools and the Military.] “The world will be saved by the western woman.” When the Dalai Lama, who called himself a feminist, made this statement at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, he may not have known what a sensation...

Listening for Leaders (From “What Leaders Do”)

By: Joe Richardson, Esq. There is constant discussion about leadership in the college space.   Being involved in studies related to interests, sports, student government and Greek life should be a springboard for the accelerated development of leadership skills. While leaders have many noteworthy characteristics, the most important of them may be the ability to listen. Leaders should be effective communicators. While the definition of communicate is “to give information...

Leadership Development That Changes Behavior

By: Tom Healy Two years ago, I decided to develop “Limitless Leadership”, a workshop that utilizes a scientifically-validated behavioral assessment and has students develop their own Personal Leadership Plan. My mission with “Limitless Leadership” was simple: utilize a powerful assessment tool to help students identify how they are uniquely hard-wired as leaders and have them put pen to paper to determine what specifically they will do to make a...

Do you have Foundational Confidence?

By: Darryl Bellamy JR. Writing the second book might be harder than the first, but when I write something I feel is important I can’t help but share. I’m excited to share a piece of my writing with you as this might apply to something you’re currently experiencing. After reading thousands of fears, I came to the conclusion that many of your fears come down to a lack of...

Real Men Talk About Their Feelings… for Real

By: Josh Rivedal Men are willing to talk about the size of their prostate glands, or how much Viagra they’re allowed to take, but they’re still not willing to be open about their mental health. If men want to live long, healthy and productive lives it’s absolutely crucial that the dialogue surrounding men’s mental health has to change. I lost my father Douglas to suicide in 2009. Douglas lost...

How Does one find their life’s Passion? By Serving Others

By: Andrea Mosby Now-a-days we are asked to volunteer for many different things from serving at food banks to walk-a-thons to participating in breast cancer awareness events. All of which are important, but while volunteering, we volunteer mechanically without thought just to get it over with. To Volunteer is to give of one’s self and to truly find out who you are and what you are made of. There are many advantages to volunteering,...

Unmasking Leadership

By: Rachel DeAlto Eating disorder recoveree. Mom at 20. Divorced. Toxic relationship survivor. These aren’t my typical go-to descriptions when I introduce myself. I tend to lead with: relationship expert, TV professional, entrepreneur, coach, or former attorney. Those are the titles that make me look good, right? The truth is, ALL of those titles define me. Yet, those initial descriptors are what made me. I may not lead with them, but...

After the Assault: Self-Care for Recovery

By: Brittany Piper I still remember that concrete jail cell, the coldness of the ground, the bareness of the walls. I remember thinking—this isn’t supposed to be a part of my story. How did I end up here? In 2009, at the age of 20, I was brutally raped and beaten by a stranger who offered to help me change my flat tire. By 2011 I had completely unraveled....

Our Communities Deserve More than No Means No

By: Tim Mousseau “No Means No.” “Don’t Rape.” “Real Men Don’t Rape.” For the last few decades, these slogans have stood at the forefront of education concerning sexual violence prevention. Plastered across fliers, hung up around campuses, written on signs, and blasted across the slides of presenters from high school to college programs on sexual violence prevention. At this point, these mantras have become rallying cries for some educators...

Embracing It: How to Talk About Mental Health

By Lauren Cook One of the best ways to begin integrating mental health in our lives is to begin talking about it openly with others. While we can learn about it (naming it) and empower ourselves by seeking out resources (facing it), we also have to begin looking out for each other (embracing it). This is a two-fold experience. We need to be open to hearing from others and...

The Opioid Epidemic is Real

By Bobby Gordon Communities are scrambling to react. Even when individuals are prescribed painkillers for legitimate reasons, such as surgery, and injury, or other medical reason, they often and inherently have negative related consequences—including death. Here are a few facts: · Opioids and opiates are in the same drug family as Heroin, Opium and Morphine. They are very strong and highly addictive due to the nature of how they...

24 Hours to Live

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Each year, thousands of students begin college afraid about what’s to come. Somehow, they think that they’re the only one feeling scared and nervous about what’s next, afraid of failure, and not entirely confident in their abilities. After reading 5,553 fears (and counting), If I had 24 hours to live and could cut all the fluff, I would tell your students these three things. #1...

Winner of PITCH by CAMPUSPEAK

CAMPUSPEAK Announces PITCH by CAMPUSPEAK’s Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting Winners December 12, 2017, Orlando, FL – CAMPUSPEAK is excited to announce that the winners of PITCH by CAMPUSPEAK for this year’s Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting are Zachariah Pfeifer, Coordinator and Kayley Weinberg, Graduate Assistant for the Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. “This is truly a dream come true...

Treasures Buried Deep Within

By: Kinja Dixon, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Have you ever thought? “If only that person knew what they were capable of?” or better yet “Am I on track to be all that I am capable of?” I have asked these two questions many times during my 39 years of being on this earth, but about a decade ago, there were some very dramatic changes I made that impacted everything afterward. After...

Surviving and Thriving in the Wake of Oppression

By: Stacey Pearson-Wharton, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of speaking with students about the impact of implicit and hidden bias within all of us. Recently, students have begun questioning whether microaggressions aimed at them are, in fact, macroaggressions that are intentional, premeditated, or deliberate. Given the rash of hate and bias incidents on campuses, including tiki torch-wielding white supremacists; an African American...

Diversity & Inclusion: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By: Suzette Walden Cole, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Have you noticed an uptick in the number of incidents on campus involving hate speech and bias incidents, including racism, transphobia, anti-immigrant, etc.? Has an incident happened on your campus? In your fraternity/sorority or other organization to which you belong? Has it happened to someone you know? Or have you directly experienced an incident? BuzzFeed News reported on September 27, 2017, and shared...

Overcoming Adversity: From Foster Care to Yale

Trigger warning: This article includes some of the speaker’s life experiences that are graphic and violent in nature. By: Rodney Walker, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker As a former ward of the State of Illinois, I am privileged to be where I am today. Of the nearly 400,000 youth in foster care, less than a quarter will go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree, and less than 5 percent will go on to...

The Problem With Reporting

By: Tracy Maxwell, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Why we can’t wait for or rely upon hazing being reported This summer, Congressional Representatives Pat Meehan (R-PA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced legislation called the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (or REACH Act) that would require colleges and universities to both educate students about hazing and report hazing information in annual crime statistics required under the Clery Act. I want to state...

Combating a Culture of Silence

By: Lorin Phillips, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker There is nothing scarier to me than an organization where their members feel silenced. The leaders stand in front of the room during a meeting, share decisions made by leaders, tell the group what is happening next, and there is a quiet, emotionless head nod. Then on to the next topic. The meeting concludes in 30 minutes or so without a single question or...

Calling All Future Leaders

By: Tom Healy, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker 4 Key Reasons Why You Should be a Leader in Your Greek Community A few years ago (okay, more than a few) I had the awesome responsibility of being the IFC President at Ohio University.  As we approach November, your community is getting ready to elect a new group of leaders to set the direction for the Greek Community on your campus – I...

Why Your Feelings Have Everything to Do With Changing the World

“It’s all Just Too Much.”   My girlfriend and I had just hopped on FaceTime to catch up. At first glance, I knew something was wrong.   “Hey. You ok? What happened?” I asked, my voice quickening as I watched her fingers anxiously tap the sides of her face.   As she gave a big sigh, my heart beat faster, now seriously worried.   “It’s North Korea.” Wait. What?...

Overcoming Tragedy: 4 Steps for Healing

By: Brittany Piper, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker October 2, 2017. Las Vegas. Life is bleak sometimes. More often, lately. For many of us, these near monthly tragedies open old wounds of violence, terror, and loss. The harsh truth is we’re all recovering and healing from something. Whether directly affected by a tragedy, or reeling from its powerful tremors, we must remind ourselves that it’s the reactions to these earth-shattering events in...

Anyone That Truly Cares About Their Organization Has Thought of Quitting

By: David Stollman, CAMPUSPEAK President & Speaker Nobody talks about it, but anyone that truly cares about their organization has thought of quitting. It might be a fleeting thought, but it is there. Don’t feel guilty about it. It is a natural part of caring as much as you do. You’re reading this because you’re a leader or want to be one. You care deeply about your organization. You love...

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

By: Saul Flores, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month From our sandy shores to our brightly colored homes, our heritage is rooted in a diaspora of cultures that are spread across Latin America. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage month to encourage students to remember where they came from, where they are, and where they will go. We look into our past to understand our future, and to discover the...

3 Things We Can Learn From Students’ Secret Fears

What if you could jump into your students’ minds and see what is preventing them from being the person they aspire to be? For the past few years, I’ve collected thousands (and still collect) thousands of students’ fears as a way to connect and speak specifically to their internal struggles with the hope that it will help them move closer to success. Every fear is collected anonymously; typed, analyzed,...

The Best Advice About College I Ever Received

By: Tom Healy, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker The best advice I was ever given about college came just a few days before my freshman year at Ohio University, when someone bluntly said to me “do not let your classes get in the way of your real education.”  The message was clear: for you to thrive personally and professionally, it isn’t about what you learn in a textbook or memorize for an exam,...

Few Talk, Many Affected: Changing the Culture About Men’s Mental Health

Dr. Kevin Snyder has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for over a decade. He’s also a former Dean of Students, an author with a best-selling book, and a professional speaker with a wealth of unique expertise both in Student Affairs and in corporate America. We sat down with Kevin to ask a few questions about his perspective on what makes a...

Back to School: How to Prepare as an LGBTQ+ Student

By: Jeremy Wallace, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker It’s back to school time again, and for many students, time to head to campus! Attending a college or university is exciting, but can also be overwhelming, and the apprehension and nervousness may be even greater for those students who identify as transgender, gender queer or gender non-conforming. The best way to alleviate some of the concerns and fears is to be prepared, or...

My Biggest Takeaways as a Non-traditional College Student

By: Ethan Fisher, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker It seems like college was only a short time ago. College was a part of my life for over a decade – and no – I’m not a doctor. In 1998, I started my freshman year, and I didn’t graduate with my first bachelor’s degree until 2010. I received my second bachelor’s degree in 2011 and my master’s degree in 2014. I think it...

CAMPUSPEAK’s Response to Recent Events in Charlottesville, VA

We Will Touch People’s Lives – It’s the only reason we are in business—to deliver important ideas which empower students to make a difference in their communities and in their own lives. Everything we do will honor, respect and promote human dignity and potential. This is the first of our five CAMPUSPEAK Core Values. It has not changed. It will not change. We believe that it all begins by acknowledging that all...

Four Tips For College Students For the Back to School Season

It’s that dreaded back to school season. We’re almost there—with the exception of you lovable overachievers going year round or on trimesters—the countdown to the fall semester officially has begun. Many students are probably wondering: How am I going to start off strong? How am I going to juggle classes along with my new relationship and a full-time job? How will I find an internship or the job that I...

You Are Enough

As the school year begins, we place a lot of high expectations on ourselves. As great as it is to go into the year with goals, we have to be careful that those goals don’t turn into a competition with our peers. If we’re not careful, we’ll end up sizing ourselves up next to our classmates, our roommates—even our friends (without even realizing it!). All of sudden, we get...

SMARTER Goals: Begin with the Change in Mind

This is an excerpt from Camille Nelson’s full article, SMARTER Goals: Begin with the Change in Mind Why are goals important? It is a complex question. It is a known rule that it takes an average of 10,000 hours to become an expert at a craft. So to become truly phenomenal at something, you need to focus consistently and routinely for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week,...

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

A lot of people get down on college students these days. “They complain too much!” “They don’t want to work!” “They have unrealistic expectations!” “They don’t want to work their way up!” “They can’t handle the pressure!” They are not “resilient,” they say. Even a simple Google search of “college students and resilience” will produce tons of articles on students’ declining mental health, grade inflation, and lack of coping,...

Let’s Talk About Sex

I still remember the day my mom decided to give me “the talk.” During the prime of my 6th grade years, my school had decided to tell us all about the bird and the bees already and unbeknownst to me when my mom asked me to walk the dog; she was aware of their education as well. I thought nothing of our walk, until halfway around the block, she paused...

Letting Go to Get Everything

The more I have learned to LET GO, the more life fulfillment I have received. As I look back on the life lessons I experienced over the years, the Law of Detachment is one of the most valuable principles that I practice daily. The Law of Detachment enables a person to maximize growth within the present moment without factoring in what has happened in the past or what will...

Top 5 Ways to Kick Off the Fall Semester

We’ve all been there. It’s the first week of school, and everyone is reconnecting after being gone over the summer break, or new students are trying to make new friends within a new community. Whether you’re considering a new student organization, fraternity/sorority recruitment, a sports team, or even just wanting to make new friends, here are some tips to kick off your semester in a positive way: 1. Remember, this...

A Letter of Encouragement to my Younger Self

When I was in college, there were moments when I thought I knew who I really was, but I was afraid to embrace the idea that I might be “different” from others, or that I may not be exactly what I thought was expected of me. I was scared to open up and explore my sexual orientation and gender identity, and to let others in on my struggles. As...