When are rites of passage wrong? Help your community understand the difference between acceptable bonding activities and hazing practices and what can be done to change harmful norms and traditions. Teach how to ingratiate positive practices to avoid emotional or physical hurt, regretted decisions, embarrassing media headlines, membership attrition, or other negative consequences.
COS has worked with professional sports teams, Division I athletic programs, Ivy League institutions, national sororities and fraternities and even secret societies. We enable participants to examine the roots of power, control and privilege first; then we look at the offending practices. Empower your community to forge lasting relationships based on mutual respect and admiration.
Goals and Learning Outcomes:
- Understand short- and long-term effects of hazing on groups and individuals.
- Establish a sense of responsibility for the safety of others.
- Embrace alternatives to hazing for group bonding.
- Utilize bystander intervention skills in daily experiences.
- Recognize and value respect and demonstrate it to peers.
“He told it like it is. The examples were really helpful. Real life situations. I like when we know what can really happen if we do different things. That’s better than statistics.”
“In my 30 years of working with college students, I have never attended a more powerful and influential meeting with students. Bravo!!”