“If students put half the energy into serving their communities as they do into hazing, our world would be such an amazing place to live.”
Tracy Maxwell, our newest speaker to join the roster, truly believes in the potential that students have to change the state of hazing.
Get to know Tracy, her passions and her keynote that she is now sharing with students.
What got you started in higher education and hazing prevention work?
I started as a consultant for my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, right out of college and decided I loved working with students. So, I’ve worked with students ever since as a consultant for the NIC/NPC doing alcohol and drug education, then as a campus professional working with fraternities and sororities and community service programs, and then eight years with CAMPUSPEAK before founding HazingPrevention.Org in 2007. I got so tired of hazing and its impacts that I decided to do something about it.
What is your viewpoint on the current state of hazing, and what is one thing every student can do now to help with this issue?
I think hazing is just beginning to be viewed in a different light. It is being taken far more seriously than it used to as people learn more about the dangers not just physically, by psychologically and emotionally. The best thing students can do is to talk about it–the secrecy keeps hazing alive and well, but having conversations about it will bring it into the daylight where something can be done about it.
What’s the most rewarding part about talking to students about hazing prevention?
Knowing that they are the ones who have the real power to address this issue is the most rewarding. Professionals can educate, program and provide resources, but only students can say, “No. We’re not going to take part in this anymore.”
What makes your keynote different from the other hazing prevention keynotes out there?
My keynote recognizes that we’re all doing the best that we can. Students are just repeating what was done to them in most cases–it’s all they know. I’m not there to yell at them or shame them or blame them, but just to give them some insight that can hopefully help them choose a different path moving forward.
“Students creativity, passion and energy could be so well channeled into doing something that makes a really positive impact instead of a potentially very negative one,” said Tracy.
Visit campuspeak.com/maxwell to learn more about Tracy, her keynote and all the positive work she is doing to curb hazing in communities across the country.