5 Ways Your Chapter Can Participate in NHPW
National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) encourages campuses, schools, organizations and individuals to come together and discuss hazing in their communities, raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others and promote hazing prevention. Below are some ways your chapter can participate in National Hazing Prevention Week September 20-24, 2021.
Encourage your members to take the pledge to prevent hazing before it occurs, stop hazing when it’s happening and report hazing when it has transpired while empowering others to do the same. Join individuals around the world who condemn the act of hazing and serve as advocates for hazing prevention. The elimination of hazing is the responsibility of every Pi Phi sister.
2. Learn Pi Beta Phi’s Hazing Definition
Pi Beta Phi defines hazing as any conduct, action taken, or situation created, regardless of intent, directed toward any other individual where participation may be voluntary, forced or coerced that:
- Has the potential to cause or actually results in emotional, mental or physical harm.
- Involves the consumption of or opportunity to consume alcohol or drugs.
- Embarrasses, demeans or has the potential to create a superior/inferior relationship between the participants.
Share this definition with your sisters at a chapter meeting and compare it to the definitions of Pi Phi’s core values. Hazing is in direct conflict with the values at the heart of our sisterhood.
3. Discuss the Spectrum of Hazing Behaviors
Bring your chapter members together to discuss the spectrum of hazing behaviors. While you may be familiar with some high recognition behaviors, take time to evaluate if your chapter participates in any of the behaviors listed. A behavior that was once acceptable or considered a chapter tradition might have transformed in a way that has a negative impact on members and meets the definition of hazing.
Traditions should be consistent with building a better sisterhood. After watching the webisode, carefully compare your chapter traditions with the definition of hazing to identify activities that are not building sisterhood. Past chapter traditions shouldn’t always continue; it’s important to know when it is no longer appropriate to honor a tradition and have the courage to make a change. Watch the video below to learn about the important role of traditions and how to promote traditions that strengthen your sisterhood.
5. Organize a Hazing Prevention Event
Find a knowledgeable speaker to engage your chapter in hazing prevention conversations or work with your Panhellenic to organize a hazing prevention event on campus. Throughout the week, HazingPrevention.Org will feature virtual presentations and conversations about hazing prevention. Learn more and register for one of the events below here.
- Monday, Sept. 20│4:00 p.m. EDT - Letter Campaign for Collin’s Law in Ohio
- Tuesday, Sept. 21│4:00 p.m. EDT - Breathe, Nolan Breathe
- Wednesday, Sept. 22│4:00 p.m. EDT - How “Innocent Fun” Gets Out of Tune Fast
- Thursday, Sept. 23│4:00 p.m. EDT - National GORDIEday - Liquid Courage: Alcohol and Hazing
- Friday, Sept. 24│4:00 p.m. EDT - Hazing Prevention and Intervention Strategies and Early Warning Signs
Join the conversation by using #PiPhisAgainstHazing.
Published September 20, 2021