By Sarah Alderman, Beta Iota Chapter ‘10, Assistant Director of Member Services
The first week of June, three National Council and two National Staff Members headed to the University of Kentucky to attend the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention.
During this four-day intensive Institute, Council and Staff Members had the opportunity to learn from some of the top researchers and leaders in the hazing prevention movement. The Novak Institute focuses on an interdisciplinary approach of prevention because hazing is not limited to social Greek organizations as recent incidents have shown us. This interdisciplinary approach allowed Council and Staff to interact with other national organization headquarters staff, university officials ranging from athletic directors to student conduct officers, and undergraduate students.
The National Office had many valuable takeaways from attending the Novak Institute, but one of the biggest lessons was that effective hazing prevention is a continued process, not a program. This means we have a shared responsibility to work together as undergraduate Brothers, Alumni Brothers, National Staff, and National Council to keep evaluating our programs and practices on the local and national level to determine if what we are doing is building a strong Brotherhood based on our values. In addition to working together as a Brotherhood, our goal is to partner with our university communities to provide support in their hazing prevention efforts and become an example for other student organizations.
Stay tuned as the National Office will be rolling out new ideas and initiatives for hazing prevention! If you want to be involved in the movement, start by planning an event for your campus for National Hazing Prevention Week which is September 23 – 27, 2013.