NGLA Spotlight

NGLA educates leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values.

The NGLA Spotlight features fraternity and sorority chapters, councils, communities, and individuals who demonstrate commitment to the fraternal movement and help advance the NGLA Mission and Vision.

 

SEPTEMBER NGLA SPOTLIGHT

This month, we'd like to recognize the award recipients of the 2020 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Risk Reduction as well as the 2020 Hank Nuwer Award for Hazing Prevention:

2020 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Risk Reduction

Delta Zeta, Bryant University

Delta Zeta at Bryant University recognized a need for training around diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization after a series of bias events occurred on their campus. The chapter aimed to create a space where all community members, whether they were in the chapter or not, were able to feel comfortable in their identities and share their lived experiences. The Risk Manager of this organization connected with the head of Diversity and Inclusion and the head of the Women’s Center, sat on the University’s Diversity Council, and became LGBTQ+ Safe Zone trained before developing a workshop titled, “Being More,” for her chapter. Through those initiatives and more, the chapter has been able to participate in the University’s first Diversity Day, as well as become better bystanders and allies for those of marginalized communities.

Interfraternity Council, Columbia University

The Interfraternity Council at Columbia University recognized that there were multiple factors that were prohibiting their fraternities from having safe social events in their campus facilities; which, in turn, hindered those chapters from fostering social connections. In order to remedy this situation, the council put together a task force that was able to develop a more effective approach to social events. This task force was composed of representatives from all impacted IFC chapters, as well as campus partners from Residence Life, Public Safety, and Columbia Health. Together, the task force developed a BYOB policy that would align with both the NIC and University policies, and would provide the chapters with an effective and safe way to host social events within their spaces. When the new policy was implemented in the Fall 2019 semester, the chapters that hosted BYOB events had zero incident reports or conduct violations regarding alcohol or social events.

Fraternity and Sorority Community, University of Rhode Island

The fraternity and sorority community at the University of Rhode Island embraced risk reduction by visiting the topic at all stages of a student’s membership. This community emphasized the importance of risk reduction to prospective members of the fraternities and sororities by implementing a Greek 101 series that required participants to engage in educational sessions about the risks associated with hazing, alcohol consumption, and sexual assault. The fraternity and sorority community then continued to engage in this topic by opening lines of communication between all of the chapters with the creation of a Risk Management Team that would facilitate weekly meetings. During these meetings, the chapters were able to develop risk management plans, discuss strategies for ensuring safety, and encourage one another to work with campus partners. Finally, this community required that the leadership of their chapters and councils discuss current risk management issues on their campus during the Greek Leaders’ Summit.

 

2020 Hank Nuwer Award for Hazing Prevention 

Sigma Phi Epsilon, Stevens University

Sigma Phi Epsilon at Stevens University held a campus wide conversation about failing leadership and turning tragedy into progress by reaching out to Mrs. Evelyn Piazza and having her speak at their institution and start a conversation about hazing. This event engaged students from across the University community and how they can each do their part to change their campus culture forever. This organization also teamed up with their Student Life Office and Athletics to bring a campus wide program, “Love, Mom and Dad,” to fruition. Since the event, there have been smaller campus wide events related to this topic to keep the conversation going.