HPO 2018 Institute

HazingPrevention.Org is a national nonprofit organization that empowers people to prevent hazing through education, advocacy, and community engagement. HPO started in 2007 when founder, Tracy Maxwell, shifted the conversation from how to punish those who haze to how to prevent this from happening in the first place. Over the years, the organization, its initiatives, and its impact has grown significantly.

This year I had the opportunity to attend the annual Summer Institute at Louisiana State University. Initially, I was excited and anxious to travel to Baton Rouge to participate. The anxiety subsided when I ran into Emily Pualwan, CEO & Executive Director for HazingPrevention.Org, at the airport and found out that we were on the same flight. I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. The Institute is ideal for national organizations, interdisciplinary teams, campus safety experts, college-based professionals, risk managers, legal counsel, or anyone wanting to reduce the risk of hazing on campuses and in organizations. Although my personal experiences and academic background are rooted in this area, I believe that learning continues throughout every phase of life.

Over the span of the 3-day Institute, I was able to learn practical prevention approaches, obtain numerous resources, connect with many individuals from diverse backgrounds with similar aspirations, and engage with faculty of the most respected names in hazing prevention efforts. Education alone will not eliminate hazing. However, coupled with concrete plans of action and implementation, the culture can shift.

For more information on the Summer Institute, year round initiatives, and how you can get involved, please visit HazingPrevention.Org.

Devon Marrett

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