March 2019

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Dear friends,

 

It is hard to believe we are in March and the middle of this academic term for many of your campuses! By now, I expect the majority of your College Panhellenic officers are becoming comfortable in their roles, continuing traditions of excellence on your campus and implementing their ideas to improve your Panhellenic community.

 

A reminder that in order to effectively communicate with you and the College Panhellenic officers on your campus, NPC requires up-to-date contact information in FSCentral. Please be sure to claim your account as well as to ensure your officers have claimed their accounts and been assigned the proper roles for your councils. If you have questions, please refer to the FSCentral Quick Start Guide or contact the NPC Office at npccentral@npcwomen.org or 317-872-3185.  

Thank you for all you do for your Panhellenic community. If there is anything NPC can do to assist you, please let us know.

Interfraternally,

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Frances Mitchelson

2017-19 NPC Panhellenics chairman

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NPC at AFLV West

NPC Foundation Scholarship Deadline

It has been our pleasure to meet with many of your campuses and present Panhellenic programming at NPC's College Panhellenic Academy as well as at regional conferences, including AFLV Central, CCWL and NGLA. 

 

 

NPC also looks forward to presenting programming at AFLV West in April. When the schedule is finalized, we will be sure to share that with you and your campuses.

The deadline for NPC Foundation scholarships is March 15

 

The Foundation is offering six scholarships, totaling at least $7,000, this year. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate members. We encourage campus-based professionals who are members of NPC member organizations and are in graduate school to apply.

 

Details about each scholarship and the application form can be found on the NPC Website under Foundation > Scholarships.

NPC Deadlines!

 
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  • April 1 is the deadline for Consulting Team Visit requests. Please visit the NPC website for the request process here.
  • NPC will open nominations for the 2019-20 Student Advisory Committee on March 11. We encourage you nominate women who will be juniors or seniors during 2019-20 to help represent the collegiate women's perspective to NPC and provide input on Panhellenic programs and initiatives. You will receive an email with the nomination information. 

FEATURE: NPC Anti-Hazing Efforts

NPC has been publicly denouncing hazing for more than 40 years, beginning with a resolution in 1977 to encourage our member organizations to forbid hazing and including a more formal Unanimous Agreement (IV. Standards of Ethical Conduct) among members to support all efforts to end hazing.

 

Since 2014, NPC also has had a formal position statement against hazing referencing the Unanimous Agreement and outlining that each NPC member organization has its own set of bylaws, policies and rules condemning hazing and governing the investigation and discipline involving hazing allegations. 

 

Several NPC member sororities also support a national anti-hazing hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE or 1-888-668-4293.

 

In addition, NPC continues to offer education about risk-based behaviors through  “Something of Value” programming and through supporting nationally recognized HazingPrevention.Org™.

 

And, as widely publicized in Sept. 2018, NPC has joined in an unprecedented partnership to form an Anti-Hazing Coalition with four families who have lost their sons to hazing and the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The coalition is focused on pursuing and strengthening state hazing laws and significantly expanding education and training for high school and college-aged students. HazingPrevention.Org™, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) and Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) also have committed their support to these efforts.

 

We now want to provide you an update on NPC's efforts to combat hazing, whether as part of our "Call for Critical Change," through our partnership in the Anti-Hazing Coalition or as part of our government relations platform that was updated in Aug. 2018.

 

Those efforts include: 

1. Support for federal REACH Act

In Jan. 2019, NPC reaffirmed support for the bipartisan Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act (H.R. 662), which would require colleges and universities to disclose information about hazing on campus in their annual crime reports. It would also require any college or university that accepts federal funding to provide hazing prevention education to all students.

 

We expect asking for support for the REACH Act will be part of our lobbying efforts during the annual Capitol Hill visits with fraternity and sorority students and alumnae in April.

2. State Anti-Hazing Legislation

The NPC Board of Directors recently approved model state anti-hazing legislative language. That language was developed together by all of the partners in the Anti-Hazing Coalition. Our aim is that as state legislatures take up discussions around hazing, they will use the model language to develop legislation that focuses on the priorities of anti-hazing education, transparency about hazing incidents and accountability for those who haze.

 

NPC also is working to ensure our member organizations understand new state laws as they are proposed and passed so they can in turn inform and educate their members.

3. A Conversation on Hazing

At the 2019 College Panhellenic Academy in January in Indianapolis, NPC hosted a "Conversation on Hazing" with Rae Ann Gruver (Alpha Delta Pi), who lost her son Max to hazing in 2017. Gruver discussed how she and other parents who have lost sons to hazing have come together to support hazing prevention efforts and champion state anti-hazing legislation. She also stressed the importance of hazing prevention and looking out for one another. Her message: "No organization you are in is more important than someone else's life."

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NPC CEO Dani Weatherford interviews Rae Ann Gruver who lost her son Max to hazing.

4. Be Bold

The Be Bold educational program is an outcome of the "Call for Critical Change" and is designed to help young women find their voices, be more self-assured and inspire them to lead the way for culture change, including ending dangerous behaviors such as hazing, binge drinking, drug use or sexual assault, on their campuses. The program can be downloaded from the NPC website.

(Reminder: Ideas for Implementing 'Be Bold' on Your Campus)

 

If you have questions about NPC's anti-hazing efforts, please email NPC CEO Dani Weatherford.

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