Dr. Jamison Keller

Dr. Jamison Keller believes in the power of the fraternal experience. He also believes in the power of risky behaviors, poor leadership, and bystander behavior. He confronts the intersections these realities create through powerful programs that address the problems facing communities.

Topics

▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Hazing ▪Risk Management

Keynotes

▪So Let ‘Em Sue Us
▪When Hazing Crosses the Line
▪Brotherhood and Sisterhood Faded

Dr. Jamison Keller’s Bio

Dr. Jamison Keller earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino where he was involved in many aspects of student life including new student orientation, student government, university ambassadors, Interfraternity Council, and within his own fraternity serving in many capacities including president. He went on to earn his Master of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University and his Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California. He has spent 25 years working within higher education as a faculty member, consultant, student affairs generalist, and fraternity and sorority specialist. Professionally, Jamison has also served on the executive boards for the Western Regional Greek Association (now AFLV), the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA), the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society, and currently, the Southeastern Greek Leadership Association.

Jamison travels the country consulting and educating fraternity and sorority communities with a focus on health and safety as the number one priority. His approach is based on his leadership as a front-line administrator guiding students, chapters, and campuses through many risk challenges.

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Logistical Materials

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Keynotes

So Let ‘Em Sue Us

Can you imagine being sued just because you were a member of a student organization? What if you didn’t even participate in the activity or attend the event in which someone was injured or worse? Organizational leaders and general members are more susceptible to being named in a lawsuit than ever before!

This keynote will explore the different types of liability for students, the many reasons why a student would be named in a lawsuit, what fraternal insurance policies cover (and don’t cover), and discuss strategies to reduce the likelihood of an incident from occurring. Some of the most recent cases of fraternity/sorority liability will be used as examples and students will be challenged to assess their current programs and practices for potential liability issues.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The best practices for planning and executing safe events while reducing risk,
  • How to implement best practices for risk management and understand policies fraternities and sororities,
  • Understand the difference between civil and criminal liability,
  • Become more empowered to eliminate high-risk behaviors and situations of their members
When Hazing Crosses the Line

When planning activities for your newest members, do you ever hear a member of your organization say “this is nothing compared to what we see on the news or what they do in that other organization?” 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?

This program is designed to open up dialogue about how a hazing culture begins and festers over time from “light hazing” to 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.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Understand how a culture of hazing takes root within an organization and escalates over time
  • Be able to identify and correct the common myths surrounding hazing
  • Understand the short and long term implications of hazing including group and individual liability and hidden harms
  • Identify effective practices for becoming an active bystander
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Faded

For most, the recruitment process for both fraternities and sororities is filled with much excitement and anticipation. A potential member hears all about the incredible leadership development opportunities, the philanthropy and service work of the chapter, and the deeply rooted values that bond the members so strongly! But sometimes we see that it is all forgotten once bid day is over! Almost overnight, new members are exposed to high risk drinking at post-recruitment celebratory events.

This program is based on the speaker’s own personal experience as he went from a new recruit wanting so badly to experience brotherhood, but after bid day finding out that brotherhood was solidified by a strong alcohol culture. We will discuss how seductive the fraternity and sorority experience can sometimes be, and how to change the culture so as to avoid the “bait and switch.”

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to identify and put an end to a culture of alcohol that is disguised as strong brotherhood and sisterhood
  • Understand the negative impact an alcohol culture can have on your members, chapter, and community
  • How to lead a culture shift back to the values inherent in our rituals where brothers and sisters are not reliant on alcohol to have a great fraternal experience
  • Identify effective practices for becoming an active bystander