National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) is an opportunity for campuses, communities, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, organizations, and individuals to come together to talk about address hazing in their communities, raise awareness, educate others, promote the prevention of hazing, and take a STAND AGAINST HAZING.
Whether your community recognizes National Hazing Prevention Week during the formal week or on your own timeline right for your community, CAMPUSPEAK is proud to support all hazing prevention efforts.
Free Campus Resources
Take the Oath to Stand Against Hazing!
Join the campaign to Stand Against Hazing! If you are an officer for your governing council, a captain of your team, or an officer of your student organization, upload a jpeg/png of your organization and CAMPUSPEAK will send you a “Stand Against Hazing” graphic and then feature your organization on our social media during National Hazing Prevention Week. Submission Due by September 17th to participate.
CAMPUSPEAK has 8 Keynote Speakers and 1 Interactive Workshop to help support your community’s programming efforts.
Not Us, Not This Time: A New Approach to Hazing Prevention
Sara Lowery believes just because “they” said that every line/class/family had to GO through it, does not mean your class/line/ family can’t GROW past it!
This is not your typical hazing presentation. We can review the definition of hazing with new members. We can educate chapter leaders on the dangers and potential punishments for engaging in the behaviors from suspension, expulsion, or even being arrested. But yet, this doesn’t seem to be enough to stop hazing in our communities.
Sara Lowery’s program Not Us, Not this Time approaches hazing prevention by challenging students to create a sense of brotherhood/sisterhood without the hazing drama. Let’s have the conversation about shifting from endangering the lives of individuals to building a sense of belonging and acceptance. Lets’ create an experience where members are strengthened, empowered, and live up to the original intentions of our founders.
Hazing Prevention: Sweating the Small Stuff
Fraternity and sorority members are the best of the best. They share beautiful traditions and rituals, and they are there for one another when life gets hard. So how is it that these caring, compassionate individuals can create a culture where a myriad of hazing and aggressive behaviors are considered acceptable and go unaddressed? Why are intelligent, confident individuals bystanders or continue harmful traditions? Something doesn’t add up.
Her approachable, witty tone puts forth an otherwise difficult topic with grace and honesty. Exposing herself as both the hazer and the hazed in the past allows Lorin to go no-holds-barred on the stories and experiences she shares. Students walk away from Lorin’s program with a broader view of the problem, the actions and behaviors that need to be confronted to prevent it, and a fresh perspective that challenges students to sweat the small stuff.
This keynote is a great option for a chapter hazing presentation, leadership training, new member programming, Greek Week or National Hazing Prevention Week, and general community education initiatives.
A Conversation About Hazing
Tracy believes the most important thing we can do when it comes to hazing is to talk about it. That is why her program focuses on the conversation first. Hazing thrives in secrecy. When it’s ignored or downplayed it just gets stronger. The more we can shine a light on the problem, talk about the confusion surrounding it, and understand the negative impacts on individuals, the more likely we will be to take action when an opportunity arises.
This program shares real stories of hazing, but not the ones we usually hear. Rather than focusing on students who have died, Tracy highlights the psychological harms and the impact on both hazers and their victims. She delves into the shame that has people go along with hazing and even become perpetrators themselves, and encourages healing. Finally, she motivates everyone to come together to move their community forward, and most importantly, she urges students and staff to take an active role and avoid being bystanders on this vital campus issue.
Hazing: The Fallout
As a first-generation college student, Travis went off to school not knowing what to expect. The chance to attend college came as a result of his abilities as a high school football player, and when summer camp opened for the football team he was among the first to get the “rookie treatment.” The only thing worse was his fraternity pledging experience.
Travis left college after his first semester, before the school had the chance to kick him out. In his keynote, Hazing: The Fallout, Travis tells his story of the pain and hidden harm caused by his hazing experiences. Travis went on to complete his college career at another institution, and today is the Associate Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Hazing: The Fallout, is a fresh, new look at hazing from the perspective of a victim with a background that contributed to the severity of the impact. Travis’ emotional and powerful story is the perfect way to give your students a wake-up call about the hidden harms of hazing.
Crossing the Line
CAMPUSPEAK Interactive Workshop
Hazing is an often misunderstood and overlooked issue that takes root on our campuses and in our organizations, sometimes without us realizing it. We say we are teammates, brothers and sisters, friends and even family, but do families intimidate, humiliate or even endanger one another? Crossing the Line is designed to open up dialogue about how a hazing culture begins and festers over time from “light hazing” to a dangerous cancer. We will discuss the short and long-term impact a hazing culture has on us morally, physically, psychologically and legally. Finally, we will develop a plan of action that will include creating prestigious rites of passage that will uphold a strong anti-hazing culture within our organizations.
Hazing Works & Other Lies
There are lots of reasons why people haze. Sometimes there is genuinely good intent. A desire to create a strong bond. A feeling of responsibility to maintain perceived traditions. A perception that only those “worthy of membership” are accepted. A belief that membership must be earned through great effort for it to be truly valued.
The truth is, that intentions aren’t really relevant. Hazing is something that can and must end. Hazing is a mirage. It doesn’t build long-lasting bonds, it destroys them. It doesn’t weed out unworthy members, it insures a subservience. It doesn’t create a feeling of accomplishment, it creates a feeling of completion of expectations. It empowers a concept of “tradition” that is both wrong, and bad.
There are more effective, means to accomplish each of the potentially valid reasons someone might employ Hazing. This program will break down the lies, expose the truth, and challenge the reality of Hazing so a new reality can be born.
“The Underground: Hazing Culture Behind Closed Doors
What goes down in the underground? A century-plus of service, activism, leadership, cultural development, and philanthropy become vulnerable to what goes down in the underground. The personal development of its members and their impact upon college, local, state, national, and global growth is too significant and too rich not to continuously examine what goes on in the underground. The underground is where fraternity, and unfortunately sometimes its members, go to die.
“Beyond the Haze, Unfog Your Future
Edward G. Young, III
College life can be filled with a series of ups and downs. At the age of 22, Edward G. Young III broke his neck as a result of an incident involving his fraternity. He found himself battling depression from having his physical abilities taken away from him. He found his way out of that darkness and now uses his story and other real-life examples of how individuals have either succumbed to or overcome their peril. This program highlights the dangers that the practice of hazing can lead to and the importance of not giving in to peer pressure when faced with those situations. In addition, Edward inspires students to overcome physical and mental exhaustion students experience throughout the course of their college careers.
Sprains, Strains, and Fractures: Greeks and the Law
By sharing real-life examples, Joseph explains to fraternity and sorority life members the ramifications of the law for campuses in general, the legal relationship between colleges/universities and chapters and, most importantly, that fraternity and sorority members are not necessarily able to hide behind a university to escape liability in negligent actions.
This keynote includes talking about “groupthink” mentality that is often the cause of crimes such as DUI, hazing practices, and sexual assault. Joseph presents how group mentality often leads to the minimization of inappropriate and even illegal activity that makes problems more likely to occur. From a distance, we minimize or “skirting the law” or “towing the line,” like a “sprain,” however, the minimization is what leads to unnecessary risk taking, and it turns out to be a full-blown “fracture.” Sprains, Strains, and Fractures: Greeks and the Law, highlights legal trends as it pertains to college liability issues to give a vision of where the law is going. It is a real “wake-up call” that still manages to be engaging, interesting, and most importantly, empowering.
“We Don’t Haze” They Said
I remember being a college freshman and being EXTRA excited to go to my first Greek informational meeting. I knew nothing about fraternities or sororities besides what I saw on television. Soooooooooo like many freshman I believed everything they said. One thing they said was “We don’t haze”, and, well, like most freshmen, I believed that too! From the moment I joined the Greek community I realized that the statement was true, we are all non-hazing organizations… However, we do have a few hazing members, and that is the problem!