After the Assault: The #MeFIRST Approach

By: Brittany Piper In 2009, at the age of 20, I was raped and beaten—nearly left for dead, by a stranger who helped me change my flat tire. Thanks to: an amazing roommate who (despite my hesitation) put me in her car and took me to the hospital, a sex crimes detective and attorney who were determined to put this man behind bars, and a supportive circle of friends...

WINNER of AFLV PITCH 2019 by CAMPUSPEAK

CAMPUSPEAK Announces the Winners of PITCH by CAMPUSPEAK May 19, 2019, Coral Springs, FL – We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 CAMPUSPEAK PITCH competition for students. PITCH is a “Shark Tank” style competition for students to win up to $15,000 of CAMPUSPEAK educational resources in the form of speakers, interactive workshops, customized programs, consulting services, assessment support and educational promotion campaign to address a specific issue in...

Time to Recharge: Getting YOU Back on Track

By: Austin Arias SUMMER IS HERE! I am sure you are just as excited as I am. But right about now you are probably thinking, “ How did my finals go?” “Did I forget anything in my residence hall when I moved out?” But, you are also probably thinking, “What am I am going to do this summer?” The summer presents us with so many opportunities to recharge and...

Managing the Chaos of Life

By: Curtis Hill As a leader many times you are pulled in multiple directions at the same time. If you are not careful it will stretch you so thin, that you won’t even recognize who you are. There are three kinds of leaders. Those who are fired up, those whose fire is not burning as bright as it used to and those whose fire has burned out. I will...

Hazing Can be “Phased Out” Over Time. LIE

By: David Stollman A congressional hearing investigated the hazing related death of a promising young man from Eastern Pennsylvania. He was beaten. Hot sauce was forced down his throat. Hot wax was poured on him while he slept. He told his brother back home about the abuse. He would never violate the unwritten code and reveal names of his abusers, but he did say why. They picked on him...

What Do I Do/Say If Someone Tells Me That They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

By: Dr. Lori Bednarchik   Note from the Author: This article was originally written for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Below are 7 things that you can do to support someone who tells you that they have been assaulted, raped, or abused. This by no means is an all-inclusive resource and additional resources can be found at RAINN and theEvery Woman’s Place. If you are looking for immediate support for...

Push Through Fear

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. As someone who tried to avoid confrontation at ALL costs in the past, this was me. I’m still working through it, but I’ve improved a lot over the past few years because I’ve actively worked on it, making it more comfortable. Also, as leaders, if we don’t speak up and challenge others, who will? People are counting on us, and too often we can remain silent...

The American Ninja Failure?

By: Alex Weber It’s 3AM and I’m sopping wet, embarrassed, and there’s a few hundred people staring at me! I just failed at American Ninja Warrior and to my surprise…I’m so, so thankful for it. My introduction to American Ninja Warrior was first as a Host for NBC. My job was to be a goofy athletic guy who tried the highly difficult obstacles on this elite competition series and...

When Thoughts are Unkind

By: Tara Fuller Sometimes I think, “When will I be enough for myself?” I have these twisted up contrary feelings of pride versus disappointment, self-hatred versus praise. It’s confusing to live in my head. What I’m working on is knowing that I belong to me and I am accountable to those distorted thoughts. I am allowed to be proud while also knowing I’m still a work in progress. I’m...

I am Authentic

By: Jared Sampson No one should ever be denied basic human rights because of the color of their skin, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other factor. As a southern, gay, black man; I know all about being prejudged based on not only the color of my skin, but also my sexual orientation. Dealing with discrimination because you are black… and because you are gay… puts...

Transition Like a Pro

By: Austin Arias Can you believe it? Another academic year has reached it final few months. Like any student leader, I am sure your year has been filled with some very large highs, some not so great lows and something in between. But, with every year coming to a close also comes the need to transition out of your student leadership role. Whether you are a committee chair or...