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FSL Leadership Day

March 12, 2021

Fraternities and sororities are the cornerstone of campus life at many colleges and universities. As campuses work to improve health and safety, are we collaborating to use the combined expertise of health professionals and fraternity/sorority life professionals, or are we working on separate problems in our own silos? How can we work with student leadership to move forward to creating healthier and safer campus experiences?

Rise During this one day leadership summit, join FSL professionals, student leaders, and their collaborators on campus to learn more about strategies for assessing, improving, introducing, and implementing evidence-based strategies for addressing health on campus. Partners in Prevention is pleased to be offering our FSL Leadership Day in partnership with our facilitators of the event, Rise Partnerships. 

Live and Recorded Breakout sessions will include:

FSL Schedule

General Session: 9:00am-10:45am

Assess, Collaborate, and Reallocate: Improving Health and Safety in Fraternities and Sororities

Presenters: Jenny Damask, Project Leader; Brittany Barnes Deeg, Director of Curriculum and Training; Dan Wrona, CEO, RISE Partnerships

Universities are working to address significant health and safety issues in fraternities and sororities, but do their efforts measure up? Are we using the combined expertise of health professionals and fraternity/sorority life professionals, or are we working on separate problems in our own silos? This program will explore health and safety issues in fraternity/sorority life and examine the unique and complex contributing factors influencing this community. The session will model an approach for aligning health and safety efforts, reinforce public health frameworks for assessing, improving, and reporting results, and introduce opportunities for greater collaboration across departments.

Breakout Session Block 1: 11:00am-12:00pm

Sisters Who Care: Sorority Women Putting an end to Rape Culture

Presenters: Jenny McKee, Program Manager, Health Education Resource Office; Merrill Evans, Care Coordinator; Sony Heath, Prevention Educator, Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center; and Merrill Evans, CARE Coordinator, University of Kansas

In 2015, a group of Panhellenic women at The University of Kansas founded the Campus Assistance, Resource and Education (CARE) Sisters program. They are well-trained sorority women who will believe, validate, advocate and connect their peers to resources after experiencing an act of gender-based violence. Join us as we discuss the creation, structure, assessment and benefits of this wildly popular program!

ASTP: Risk Reduction Programming for Fraternity & Sorority Life

Presenter: Brieanna Criscione, Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life, Saint Louis University

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a risk reduction program developed by the University of Washington to provide evidence-based, science-backed information to students in an engaging way. By participating in ASTP, attendees will be able to critically examine their drinking patterns and eventually implement the skills they learn in real social situations. Join facilitator, Brieanna Criscione, as she shares her experience with utilizing ASTP among the Fraternity/Sorority Life communities she’s worked with, the benefits of implementing ASTP and recommendations for other campuses interested in implementing ASTP among their own student groups.

Breakout Session Block 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm

When a Problem Becomes a Solution: The Creation of Iota Chi

Presenter: Trae Mitten Asst. Dean of Students and Title IX & Civil Rights Investigator, Southeast Missouri State University

What happens when student groups traditionally thought of as core contributors to the problem of campus sexual misconduct decide to turn the tables and become the foundation of the solution? They reframe what it means to be Greek, and redefine the expectations for relationships and sexual interaction. They create Iota Chi. This presentation will feature a comprehensive look at Iota Chi, a newly created, Greek-centered, peer-to-peer education organization formed by fraternity men and sorority women to combat sexual assault and dating violence on campus.

How Different is it? Taking a Look at Current Perceptions and Realities of the Fraternity and Sorority Experience

Presenter: Logan Davis, Program Manager, HECAOD

The last few years have been trying ones for fraternities and sororities. Deaths, shutdowns, outrageous substance misuse, & hazing have headlined newspapers and televisions across the continent. The past two years have left many asking, where do we go from here? The reality might seem harsh, but your answer to the question is probably going vary based on your perception of the fraternity and sorority experience. This session will look at just that, how has reality of the experience changed, why does it matter, and why there are many differing opinions.

Breakout Session Block 3: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Leaving a Legacy: Personal & Chapter Responsibilities to Ending Gender-Based Violence

Presenter: Brittani Fults, Title IX/EEO Investigator, University of Kansas

Join us as we discuss how to identify our personal and community responsibilities to address and reduce sexual and relationship violence in Fraternity and Sorority Life. This workshop will allow us to become more aware of societal and cultural norms that affirm violence and provide tools on how to challenge harmful and dangerous behaviors in our communities. By the end of this workshop, we will learn more about how fraternity and sorority students can work to leave a legacy of intolerance to violence.

Using Social Norms in Hazing Prevention

Presenter: Jenny Damask, Project Leader, and Dan Wrona, CEO, RISE Partnerships

Social norms clarification is a powerful tool that has been used to address alcohol, tobacco, drug, violence, and other public health problems. This session will introduce how the presenters have used social norms clarification techniques to address the complex interpersonal dynamics involved in hazing in college student organizations. Attendees will explore opportunities to use this technique in their hazing prevention efforts.

General Session: 3:15pm-4:00pm

Putting it All Together

Join our facilitators and faculty in a wrap up general session and virtual networking for our first annual FSL leadership day!

Pre-recorded Sessions

Understanding Hazing Perceptions of Students And Administrators Using a Four Frame Approach

Presenter: Emily Feuer, Project Leader, RISE Partnerships and Assistant Director, Student Affairs Assessment and Planning, University at Albany

This session reviews findings from doctoral dissertation research that examined how students affiliated with fraternities/sororities and administrators who work with these students frame hazing behavior. The results provide direction for how student affairs professionals should engage with students around discussions of acceptable behavior and prevention of hazing. The session will include a presentation of the study and its findings as well as a group discussion on implications for practice.

Evaluating Your Hazing Prevention Strategies

Presenters: Jenny Damask, Project Leader; Dan Wrona, CEO, RISE Partnerships; and Emily Feuer, Project Leader, RISE Partnerships and Assistant Director, Student Affairs Assessment and Planning, University at Albany

The presenters of this session have coached multiple institutions and organizations through a problem analysis of hazing in their communities. This session will review areas most commonly identified as contributing factors to hazing across these groups. Participants will learn where they should look first to determine whether their hazing prevention efforts are appropriate and gain an outline they can use to begin evaluating their hazing prevention efforts.