The Seven Deadly Sins of Greek Life: Part II

By: Dan Faill (Part Two) Welcome back sinners! Or I guess if this is your first foray into my Seven Deadly Sins of Greek Life you should check out Part One. In the last article I covered Pride, Gluttony, and Lust, so now turn our attention to the last four: Greed is the desire for material wealth or gains, sometimes at the expense of others’ well-being. In our fraternal...

Announcing Professional Certifications for Hazing Prevention Educators & Investigators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 2, 2019 CAMPUSPEAK AND HAZINGPREVENTION.ORG ANNOUNCE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS FOR HAZING PREVENTION EDUCATORS AND HAZING INVESTIGATORS CAMPUSPEAK is pleased to announce a partnership with HazingPrevention.Org (HPO) in the development of two professional certifications to advance the fight against hazing. The initiatives to be developed by CAMPUSPEAK include best practices in the areas of hazing prevention and investigation. The Hazing Prevention Educator Certification will build on the...

Monica McGee Named Chief Executive Officer of CAMPUSPEAK

August 26, 2019, – CAMPUSPEAK announced today the appointment of Monica McGee as its Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. McGee joined CAMPUSPEAK as the Chief Operating Officer in April of 2017. “Almost two and one-half years ago Monica was brought onto our Team as COO. From day one, she has provided a level of leadership, care, and dedication that has exceeded my wildest dreams. She embodies the values of...

What Difference Can One Person Have

By: The Peterson Family After 15 years working with college students, Craig Peterson reached a crossroads.  “What’s next? Do I have an additional purpose in this life?” Feeling financially secure, he looked past his accomplishments and focused instead on his personal values. “I want to make a difference.” That months-long reflection led to what would be become a life-changing decision. “I want a family.” To turn that vision into...

AFLV 10 Year Journey

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. It took Darryl ten years to get to the AFLV stage, watch this video detailing his journey accomplishing a dream he set out on ten years ago. A Decade ago Ten years ago, I was newly initiated into my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc) and was selected by an older brother to attend a leadership conference for future Greek leaders. Being that it was...

Rejection? Not Your Issue!

By: Andrea Mosby Often I find myself looking and listening to various media outlets. From the internet, to social media venues, to television. I find that if I pay too much attention to what’s being said, and listen to other’s opinions of what is and what is not, I will struggle with my truth. Many times as we grow up we have to deal with things we heard both...

6 Ways to Refuel Over Spring Break

By: Linnita Hosten The semester is speeding by and Spring is just around the corner! Have you thought about how you will utilize your break? Although brief, this short period of time may be an opportunity for you to revive and refuel just in time to complete the semester. Here are 6 ways you can fill up an empty (or half-empty) tank and finish out the semester in good...

Are you Truly Awake? 3 Ways to Guarantee Happiness and Success in Life

By: Hailey Yatros Me? You want me? I distinctly remember that thought running across my mind when I opened up the email that read, “Dear Hailey, I would love to hire you as my life coach and then write an article about the experience for Buzzfeed Magazine.” What?! Are you sure? At the time, I was only 21 years old. Sure, I had been working with people since the...

How Can Men Be Better Allies? Owning All Facets of their Ally-ship

By: Tim Mousseau For the last almost 6 years, I have spoken on topics of sexual violence and masculinity from the perspective of a male survivor. Across this time, I have noticed an unsettling trend appearing in how we as men, especially those who claim ourselves to be progressives and allies, are showing up in this space. For some reason, when you challenge men on masculinity, there seem to...

The Power of Story

By: Saul Flores At the age of 18 during my junior year at North Carolina State University, I embarked on the Walk of the Immigrants, a 5,328-mile walk across Latin America. I began the journey to raise awareness for immigration while fundraising for an elementary school in my mother’s hometown in Mexico. Reflecting on the current societal divides in our nation, I can’t help but recall a poignant story...

Inspiring stories from fearless students.

By: Darryl Bellamy Jr. Yes, I get the opportunity to travel to campuses and talk to students about pushing through fear, but in my quiet moments, in the moments where it’s just me reading the fears I collected or reading a fearless story about how an audience member was able to overcome an obstacle; I know I’m the fortunate one. I’m fortunate because I’m able to see the same...

3 Ways To (Actually) Build Confidence

By: Alex Carlin Have you ever walked into a room looking down on your phone? Did you know that small gesture tells people you aren’t that confident in the current situation? Whether you realize it or not, confidence not only has a huge effect on the way you perform and feel but it also affects others perception of you, which in return translates to affecting the outcome. Think about...

Conference Hacks so you don’t FAILL

By: Dan Faill I remember attending conferences as a student leader. I represented my chapter at fraternity conventions as president, and I represented my community as an officer on IFC. Years later I would take students to conferences so they could have an eye-opening experience to bring back to campus. Now I serve as a speaker and lead sessions at conferences across the nation to help inspire the students...

Words Matter

By: Sara Lowery Confession: I am a lazy person when it comes to buying gifts and so my personal saving grace is gift cards. But now whenever I am buying gift cards it makes me think of a story from my life, that reinforced my opinion that Words Matter. It was right before the holidays and I was in Victoria Secrets getting…you guessed it a gift card. While in...

It’s Breakup Season – Four Ways to Get Over It

By: Rachel DeAlto It’s arrived. Breakup season. Broken hearts will abound at the beginning of the year, rising through Valentine’s Day, and peaking mid-March. Dating is tough, but breakups are even harder. We’ve all been there. That time you thought everything was going great. You were connecting on all levels. You were making plans months in advance. Then BAM. They decide it’s over. Maybe they have a reason, maybe...

What is Your Unfair Advantage?

By: Tom Healy I was recently asked by a student leader “how do I make a great impact in my organization this year?” and here was my response: To truly unlock your potential as a leader, you need to look around at your friends, peers, classmates and everyone else, then ask the following: What am I better at than them? What do I enjoy doing way more than they...

A Year to Think Big

By: Saul Flores For my younger siblings and I, the start of a new year meant a ziplock bag full of warm tamales wrapped in green corn husk. We filled our backpacks with newly-sharpened pencils, 99 cent composition books, and off-brand yellow highlighters. Finally, my parents’ year of nannying, scrubbing floors, and working odd jobs had paid off. It was time for the first day of school and time...

It’s the little things…

By: Katherine Mason Young Traveling for work I find myself in all sorts of social dynamics on any given day. Everyone is focused on their own stuff and we often feel crazy busy to boot. I recognize that while not everyone is going to be your best friend – perhaps nothing more than an acquaintance with whom you have a brief encounter – I do wonder, how do I,...

CAMPUSPEAK helps “Redefine Cowboy Tough”

Date: December 11, 2018 The University of Wyoming provided the winning submission in the First CAMPUSPEAK PITCH competition. PITCH is a “Shark Tank” style event where student teams demonstrate how they will use $15,000 of educational support toward the positive impact of their community. “Redefining Cowboy Tough” was their way to address underlining mental wellness issues contributing to a statewide suicide crisis that has had deep impact on the...

Spring 2019 New Speaker Class

CAMPUSPEAK announced today the addition of eight new keynote speakers to its roster. On behalf of the entire CAMPUSPEAK Team, we are excited to start 2019 with eight new keynote speakers. As we enter into our 20th year of being a partner in higher education, these new speakers will continue the tradition of providing transformational learning experiences. I am excited for them to share their message and make an...

Can we all just get along…

By: Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton “Can we all just get along?” Those words were spoken by Rodney King during a very turbulent time in our country and a great divide. At that time folks were divided; there were riots in the streets and looting in Los Angeles as a result of a non-guilty verdict for police officers whose barbaric beating of Mr. King was recorded on video. While this incident...

Test Drive it FIRST!

By: Linnita Hosten If you are like me, the thought of going to a large event and networking is completely overwhelming and uneasy. This was my positioning until I landed a paid internship opportunity junior year- just by showing up at a career fair prepared. Since then, I’ve been an advocate of just stopping in to TEST DRIVE the labor market. By attending career events before you are ready...

APPLE Leadership

By: Kaylon Blake Soooo….I really needed a new pair of headphones but was torn between purchasing the Apple Airpods or the Beats by Dre. I really wanted the Beats, but they were too expensive. On the flipside, I didn’t want to buy the Airpods because I felt like I’d lose them and I felt like they looked stupid (lol). Fast forward…. I purchased the Airpods and fell in love...

Facing Fears to Find Freedom

By: Samantha Ramirez-Herrera I am 33 years old and for the first time in my life I feel visible. Last year I spoke publicly about growing up undocumented on a stage in the middle of Montana in front of 100 strangers. Thirteen minutes of pure adrenaline, rapid heartbeats, sweaty palms, and a whole lot of courage. I had shared my “secret” with less than a handful of close friends...

The Art of the Butterfly

By: Rafael Matos These days I am all about living my best life, and as I take an inventory of the ideologies and actions I practice regularly, I realized my best life demands I get rid of outdated and impractical beliefs that stifle my growth. But navigating change is challenging; replacing old habits with new behaviors that promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being sometimes feels like a daunting...

Few Talk, Many Affected

By: Kevin Snyder, Ed.D. Disclaimer: Please be advised this article outlines details from the evening of a sexual assault. This is My story of sexual assault and why I waited so long to reveal it. I am a 42-year old man, and I was sexually assaulted by another man in the fall of 1999. This is the first time I’ve publicly revealed the details of my traumatic experience in...

Me and coffee are friends

By: Ben Hoyer Me and coffee are friends. We weren’t always, but in college, a friend introduced us. My relationship with coffee started with Irish Crème breve and Mint flavored mochas and slowly evolved through lattes and cappuccinos to americanos and black drip coffee. As our friendship turned into a love affair, I happened to take a class called “Religion and Politics in Latin America.” Among several topics, we...

How can survivors of sexual assault cope during this retraumatizing and triggering news cycle?

By: Brittany Piper The saturated news coverage of the allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh can cause old wounds, flashbacks, negative emotions, and physical pain to resurface for survivors or sexual assault. As a survivor and holistic healing coach for survivors of trauma, I know this all-too-well. But for those who might not understand, let me explain. Research has shown that people who have been exposed to trauma...

The Falsehoods of False Reporting

The Falsehoods of False Reporting By: Tim Mousseau For a human element, I think it is important to note I wrote this before the recent Ford and Kavanaugh testimonies. In light of these, I feel this message still stands. I feel it is important now more than ever to discuss the concept of false reporting. Questions on false reports are becoming more prevalent. I can only imagine this is...

Why Your Feelings Have Everything To Do With Changing the World

by Dr. Leslie Nwoke “It’s all Just Too Much” My girlfriend and I had just hopped on FaceTime to catchup. 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 the midterm elections.” Wait. What? I thought....

Life-Changing Advice from a Stranger Named Chuck

By: Hailey Yatros I once knew a man whose name was Chuck. Chuck was a regular at a restaurant I used to work at as I was putting myself through college. He was elderly, so kind, and always came alone. He’d ask for an ice tea, with only two ice cubes, extra packets of Splenda, and three lemons on the rim. Whenever he’d walk in, I’d always turn to...

Getting Men to the Table

By: Tim Mousseau I recently attended a day-long conference put on concerning general sex education and the positive sides of sex. It is important to note about 95% of the attendees of the event were female passing. During one of the panels on consent and trusting men during the #MeToo era, a question came up with an emphasis placed on the one male panelist to answer. The question focused...

Don’t Let Classes Interfere With Your Real Education

By: Tom Healy I was recently asked a few weeks ago to provide my best advice to students as they enter a new school year, here is what I had to say: I strongly believe that the best learning experiences on a college campus come OUTSIDE the classroom which means you need to get involved in organizations/activities, take on leadership positions in them, learn what your leadership potential is,...

Fall 2018 New Speaker Class

CAMPUSPEAK has added seven new keynote speakers to its roster for Fall 2018. CAMPUSPEAK  provides transformative learning experiences to educate and inspire college students and the professionals who work with them. With nearly 50 keynote speakers covering essential topics facing Higher Education today, we impact over 100,000 students each year. These seven new speakers were welcomed onto our TEAM this coming past June and will continue CAMPUSPEAK’s tradition as...

Deferred Recruitment Doesn’t Exist.

By: David Stollman Your university might require students to complete a semester of college or participate in a formal recruitment process before they can join a fraternity or sorority. There might even be some crazy expectation that organizations don’t “interact” with potential members before their second semester. But even then… Deferred Recruitment doesn’t really exist… only deferred JOINING. A university can’t prevent genuine recruitment, nor should they want to....

Facebook goes wide, but true Friendship goes DEEP!!

By: Andrea Mosby I remember speaking to an audience of students at a University. I asked the audience how many friends they had on their Facebook page. One student proudly said, “I have over 895 friends.” I asked what are their middle names? He looked at me like a deer in the head lights. I realize we have all type of social media that connects us to people, but...

Think Big

By: Saul Flores Every day when we turn on the news, we see stories of young leaders who are standing up for issues, ideas, and communities that they’re passionate about. They’re marching, fundraising, and organizing to solve the issues that are dear to their hearts. Despite the current social challenges, one thing is for certain: young people today are speaking up. It is in these moments of extreme passion...

Why dignity? It’s all about the cookie!

by Mike Dilbeck, Founder and Executive Producer of DignityU To even begin answering this question, we must first ask, “What is dignity, anyway?” Dignity is one of those words that is thrown around quite a bit but very few actually know what it means. To be honest, I didn’t know before I started to explore it more. Furthermore, as I launch my newest project — DignityU —  and engaged in this conversation,...

The Step I Won’t Forget

By: Saul Flores It was a foggy morning when I arrived in Quito, Ecuador. I was taking the first step to embark on the Walk of the Immigrants, a 5,328-mile walk across Latin America. I began this walk to honor the journey and pay my respects to the fearless men and women who walk in pursuit of a better life. I yearned to discover my Latinx roots and to...

Discovering your passion: Dive Deep, Don’t Wade.

By: Dan Faill I remember being a college student not too long ago, and I thought I was busy running around being involved and keeping my grades up, but I had nothing on today’s college student. Their email signatures read more like the preface of a novel, with a checklist of leadership roles, organization involvement, honors and accolades. In a day and age when we encourage students to get...