Hazing is behavior that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers someone for the purpose of gaining or maintaining membership in a group regardless of a person’s willingness to participate. Hazing events are commonplace in American schools with nearly half (47%) of students in the United States reporting they had experienced hazing before entering college, and three in five college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience some form of hazing during their higher education experience.1 This webinar described an increasing body of knowledge leading the way toward successful strategies to prevent hazing on campus.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, hosted a webinar on March 3, 2016 from 2:00- 3:30 pm (EST) discussing the latest research on strategies to prevent hazing and described implications for campus personnel in both secondary and Higher Education settings. This is the second in a series of webinars dedicated to the topic of hazing. Building on the foundation of an overview of hazing presented on December 17, 2015, this event will provide specific strategies for hazing prevention.The information that was provided in this webinar will support campus efforts to create a more productive and supportive learning environment.
1 StopHazing website. Retrieved November 18, 2015 from: http://www.stophazing.org
Subject matter experts for the event included Elizabeth Allan, PhD (Professor of Higher Education, University of Maine, and President, StopHazing), Tim Marchell, PhD (Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell University), Anne Reber, PhD (Dean of Students, Texas A&M University), Germayne Graham, PhD (Associate Director, LEAD Scholars Program, University of Central Florida) and Elliot Hopkins (Director of Educational Services, National Federation of State High School Associations).
The webinar built upon the foundational information presented in the December 17, 2015 webinar by exploring detailed strategies for hazing prevention. As a result of this webinar participants were able to:
- Define hazing and identify three key components of hazing.
- Consider how hazing falls within a spectrum of interpersonal violence and how it differs from bullying behavior.
- Articulate challenges and opportunities related to hazing prevention.
- Describe how key principles of prevention science inform a comprehensive approach to hazing prevention.
- Draw upon the ecological model to provide examples of risk and protective factors for hazing on multiple levels.
- Identify key stakeholder groups to engage in hazing prevention.
- Articulate how evidence-base in other fields has informed emerging approaches to hazing prevention.
- Describe examples of current hazing prevention initiatives.
- Delineate what educators can do to initiate and sustain hazing prevention efforts in their college, university, and/or schools.
This webinar was appropriate for all those interested in building strategies to prevent hazing and addressing incidents of hazing. The research highlighted is drawn from higher education settings and is most applicable to those working in that field. However, the information gained from this webinar was also useful to those working with students at the middle and high school levels and specific examples of application at these levels will be shared.
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