Tracy Maxwell, a speaker from CampuSpeak, spoke last night to 350 members of the Fraternity and Sorority community about the damaging consequences of hazing, and the ways which we can come together to prevent hazing. Beyond what we hear about in the media, Tracy gave examples and stories of hazing that can seem “harmless”, and she used these stories to teach an important lesson: you never know what an individual has gone through. Something that may seem “harmless” to you, can be incredibly traumatic and damaging to another. Furthermore, how does it align with the term “brotherhood” or “sisterhood” to haze?
The Fraternity and Sorority community at MSU does not look at hazing as an acceptable way to have members prove their worth or belongingness to our chapters. Instead, we look for grades, leadership, and other qualities which align with our collective and individual values that our organizations have set and which we joined for.
Tracy shared with us a number of ways to prevent and stop hazing, from just making sure the dialogue about hazing is ongoing to taking action if you see it or hear of it happening. We look forward to taking on the challenges she has set before us, and preventing our community from joining the statistics.
If you know of hazing which is happening or has happened, please make sure to reach out and get help; you never know what the consequences will be of letting it continue or what consequences have already occurred. Either talk to the institution to which the group belongs, or you can call the national toll-free anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE.