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Take a Stand Against Hazing

Campuses across the country are recognizing National Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 18-22, 2017. There are awareness campaigns, professional speakers and a variety of other activities taking place to reaffirm our commitment to living our values. As members of a sorority, we are eager to participate, and we know that hazing is unacceptable. As Kappa Deltas, we agreed on Day 1 that we would not participate in hazing of any kind. We joined KD for friendship, sisterhood, confidence, memories and experiences that would positively impact us for a lifetime.

Blindfolds, forced drinking and paddles are certainly hazing. But here’s the thing: There are small, more subtle actions that we might consider harmless that can be destructive to our friends as well as our sisterhood. Kappa Delta takes a strong stand against all forms of hazing—the obvious and the more subtle forms. Watch for and speak out against all the behaviors that cause harm to others.

Hazing is never OK. It can include bullying or mean-girl behavior, requiring younger new-member classes to do undesirable tasks, pressuring all new members to attend socials with alcohol, and any other action that involves using power over someone else in a harmful or degrading way.

It’s important to remember hazing can show up throughout our lives in a variety of places. Hazing can happen on teams, in other organizations or even in the workplace. Regardless of the environment you’re in, be aware of the activities happening around you, and lead the charge on making a change.

Every activity or interaction we have with another sister, friend or coworker should be based on mutual respect and a desire to build the person’s confidence. If something doesn’t fit that qualification, it’s time to reassess.

This National Hazing Prevention Week, do your part to stand up against hazing by calling out any type of bullying behavior and by setting a positive example of confidence, sisterhood and respect. Be sure to look for the #NHPW17 activities happening on your campus. You can also take the pledge against hazing here.

To learn more about the similarities and differences in bullying and hazing, and why neither are acceptable, check out this post from HazingPrevention.Org.