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Excerpts from the HazingPrevention.org Newsletter

Happy Spring! Budding trees, blooming flowers and melting snow mean summer is just around the corner, and fall can’t be far behind. That means it’s not too early to begin plannning for National Hazing Prevention Week. Read on for information about new resources, trainings and webinars to help with your hazing prevention education efforts, in addition to a huge new award for campuses! –Tracy Maxwell

My Experience Pledging a Black Sorority
Alpha Phi’s at ASU
By Stacey Pratt, Univ. of Michigan

Before college, I never concerned myself with joining a Greek organization. I grew up with three older sisters, in addition to gaining a strong support network of friends through my extracurricular pursuits as a high school student – I thought I had all I needed. However from my first week at my new university community, I received pamphlets of information emphasizing the more than 20% of the 40,000 University students who joined Greek organizations in order to better serve the community. During the overexposure period to campus student groups, I began to reframe my standing in the sea of 40,000 I’d just entered: I graduated from a Detroit Public High School – one of the worst academically prepared school districts in Michigan. Arriving at a predominately white university nearly an hour away from home further drove a wedge between my high school friends and family who remained in Detroit unaware of the social struggles I now faced. I became one member of an incoming class of 5,000 students with no friends, no knowledge of the campus, no academic support, and no family nearby. That is when the Greek community began to look appealing to me.

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NEW Award for Innovation in Hazing Prevention
Zeta Tau AlphaHazingPrevention.Org is thrilled to partner with Zeta Tau Alpha and the ZTA Foundation to  recognize campuses with innovative, comprehensive, year-round, research-based, hazing prevention programming. One campus annually will receive a $10,000 cash prize to further their efforts, and the canon of effective prevention practice as it relates to hazing will be broadened in the process.

Deadline to apply Nov. 15, 2009     First prize awarded March 2010

Attending this summer’s Interdisciplinary Institute for Hazing Intervention will help your campus plan the type of programming that will make you eligible for this recognition.
September 21-25, 2009
NHPW Blue LogoNational Hazing Prevention Week, observed the last week in September or whenever is most convenient for you, is a great time to raise awareness about hazing policies, state laws, and prevention efforts. It should not be the only time during the year that you talk about hazing, however. Comprehensive, year-round programming is needed to truly make a dent in this problem.

HazingPrevention.Org is developing new resources to help. In the coming months, watch for the following:

* 2009 NHPW Resource Guide – available to sponsoring organizations and campuses (May)
* NHPW Planning Guide – one copy provided to sponsors, and available for purchase (June)
* Crucial Conversations Guide – how to talk to students about hazing, available for purchase (May)
* Hazing Free Zone door signs and door knob hangers (May)
* Poster series based on Bystander Responsibility (August)

We will host a webinar to help you plan for NHPW in June or July, and a series of webinars – one each day of NHPW – on some of the following topics: Crucial Conversations, Hidden Harm, Response-Ability, Understanding Hazing and Changing Campus Culture.

The work that we do wouldn’t be possible without your hard work and support. Thank you for all that you do to prevent hazing!
Sincerely,
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Tracy Maxwell
HazingPrevention.Org

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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