National Hazing Prevention Week 2014

As National President of Phi Mu Fraternity, I invite and encourage you and your chapter members to participate in National Hazing Prevention Week.  This opportunity is being provided through HazingPrevention.Org and was founded to increase awareness about the culture of hazing, provide education on the subject of hazing and give recommendations for preventing hazing that can be used on your campus and by your chapter.

Hazing is defined as “Any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.”  Phi Mu was founded upon the core values of Love, Honor and Truth.  With these values serving as the center of our Phi Mu member experience, it is clear that hazing does not align with the foundation of Phi Mu as an organization.

Often hazing starts with a seemingly harmless activity.  More than half of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience some type of hazing.  No member of Phi Mu should be asked to sacrifice her self-respect or dignity as a requirement of membership in our Fraternity.  The oath you took on behalf of Phi Mu holds you accountable to your sisters and as a member; it is your responsibility to not allow hazing to take place in your chapter or on your campus.

Campus culture dictates how hazing is viewed.  In many instances we find a passive acceptance of hazing as the norm due to lack of education and information.  Taking full advantage of National Hazing Prevention week could make a difference in the quality of your chapter members’ collegiate experience.  Having resources available to start the conversations necessary to begin tackling this subject is the starting point.  Formulating a plan of action for this academic year will be the next step in solving the problems regarding the topic of hazing.

Phi Mu’s emphasis this week is, “Sisterhood at its Best” through dignity, respect and values. We want Phi Mus to challenge ourselves to challenge hazing.  Phi Mu is a strong Panhellenic organization because of the strength of our members and our sisterhood.  Channel that strength.  Be a leader in this important movement.  Live out this theme, this week and always, to challenge and stop any hazing in your chapter and on your campus.  Thank you for your commitment to our vibrant sisterhood and for ensuring that hazing plays no part in it.