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1 PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY’S ANTI-HAZING WORKSHOP 2012 Let’s Not Beat The Life Out of a Beautiful Legacy Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

2 Workshop Goals Define Hazing Explore the impact of culture on hazing Understand the implications of hazing Understand responsibilities at every level Begin the process of eliminating hazing Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

3 What is Hazing? Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally that, causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule or risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, irrespective of the person's willingness to participate. Hazing is about POWER Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

4 Culture frames our view of the world…. Defining Greek Culture “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity” Phi Beta Sigma Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

5 Defining Personal Culture Genealogy Education Socio-Economic Status Politics Geography/Address Size – Height and Weight Physical Disability Sexual Orientation Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

6 The Roots of Hazing Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

7 Why Hazing? “Research indicates hazing continues for a variety of reasons including for social reasons.” (McGlone, 2005) Student Responses  52% indicated they felt closer to their organization/team  35% felt more accepted by the organization/team Students report that as a result of hazing they feel stronger and have a sense of accomplishment. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

8 Methods of Hazing  Subtle Hazing or Mental Hazing  Physical or Violent Hazing  Cyberbullying  Generational Celebrations of Hazing  Alcohol and Hazing Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

9 Is it Hazing? Ask yourself these questions: Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching? Would we get in trouble if the Dean of Students walked by? Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret? Am I doing anything illegal? Am I risking arrest by participating in this activity? Do I want the burden of having a criminal arrest on my record when I apply for jobs? Does participation violate my values or those of my organization? Is it causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to me or others? If someone were injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by my school’s administration or an insurance carrier? Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

10 Hidden Harm Hazing can be physically or psychologically harmful to even perfectly healthy individuals, but mix hazing with any one of numerous issues individuals may be dealing with, and the damage can increase exponentially. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

11 What is “Bystander Behavior?” Bystander behavior is what people demonstrate when they watch hazing occur without intervening. Every year students watch while other students are hazed. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

12 Your charge………… Avoid clinging to the comforts of bystander behavior and begin a new standard of behavior. There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past. Ernest J. Gaines, African American Author Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

13 Hazing Myths Is it Myth or Reality? Hazing only exists in fraternities and sororities. New members want to be hazed. Hazing is okay as long as it is not physically dangerous. If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

14 Hazing Ramifications Financial – There is a direct fiscal effect Campus Sanctions Reputation Legal – It is against the law in most states Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

15 Eliminating Hazing Say NO to Hazing Hazing Replacement Activities Build Trust Build Respect Don’t Try to do it Alone Deal with yourself as a individual, worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way. Nikki Giovanni Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

16 Common barriers to eliminating hazing include: Denial of the problem Dismissing hazing as harmless Silence Fear Insufficient support for victims of hazing Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

17 Don’t Be a Part of the Problem, Be a Part of the Solution !! Have the COURAGE to Do The Right Thing. REPORT HAZING Students are most inclined to talk with peers (48%) or family (26%) about their hazing experiences. Elizabeth J. Allan and Mary Madden Hazing in View – College Students at Risk – (2008) Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

18 What steps can student leaders, faculty advisors, teachers and/or administrators take to promote shared responsibility on campus? Discuss some of the challenges you might face when taking action against hazing. Why is this work important? Or is it simply “political correctness”? Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

19 Honor The Legacy We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. Mary McLeod Bethune, Last Will & Testament of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

20 Prevention…… In disease control terms includes measures designed to prevent the introduction of a disease into areas where it does not already exist; improve the resistance of the population; and reduce the chances of the infection spreading, when the disease already exists in the population. “Hazing is an injustice to all of us and we need to raise awareness within organizations who may be harvesting this culture and let them know that hazing is unacceptable.” Rev. Al Sharpton, 2012 Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

21 What Do…. Future Greeks – High School Students Pledges College Chapter Members & Leaders Grad Chapters Advisors/Teachers/Coaches Administrators/Authorities Need to Know???? Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

22 In 25% of hazing experiences, students reported that alumni were present. In 25% of hazing experiences, students believed coaches and/or advisors were aware of the activities. Hazing in View – College Students at Risk (2008) Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

23 Responding to Hazing Incidents Action Steps to better respond in the event of a hazing incident: Look for tell-tale signs of hazing Be prepared with a plan for investigating hazing before an issue is brought up Always defer to campus policies and state laws The more details you can get about alleged hazing incidents, the better off your investigation will be and students will be more likely to admit to them. Be calm and professional when confronting students about an accusation. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

24 Shifting the Paradigm…. …..A Plan for Change …..What’s Next? The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr. Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

25 Sources Allan, Elizabeth and Madden, Mary - Hazing in View – College Students at Risk (2008) Converge and Associates, Enhancing Cultural Competency (2009) 2011 National Hazing Prevention Week Guide Stop U.S. Department of Education Office of Higher Education Copyright Converge & Associates (2012)

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