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Thursday General Session

Rachel DeAlto

relat(able)

Have you ever met someone that you immediately connected with? Someone instantly likable? Someone that garnered respect and radiated emotional intelligence?

They were likely very relatable.

What is relatability? It’s the ability to connect, communicate and influence. To utilize interpersonal skills to put people at ease, gain their trust, and build relationships. People skills are the keys to professional and personal success. A relatable leader will gain and maintain the support of their colleagues. A relatable friend will have a meaningful and vast social circle. A relatable partner will have a healthier more fulfilling relationship.

Relationship expert Rachel DeAlto will provide students with the updated tools needed to “win friends and influence people” in the 21st century.

Twitter + Instagram: @RachelDeAlto

Friday General Session

Behind Happy Faces: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

With depression and anxiety among college students on the rise, we need spaces of community where students can feel meaningful connection and belonging now more than ever. What if we looked at the fraternity/sorority experience through this lens? Isn’t that really what brotherhood and sisterhood are all about? Through this panel discussion, we hope we'll find ways where we can be more comfortable in talking about our own mental health, while considering how we can be more helpful and supportive to our brothers and sisters in the times they need it most.

Panelists:
Kym + Ryan Hilinski,mother and brother of Tyler Hilinski, former Washington State quarterback who passed by suicide
Katelyn Ohashi, NCAA All-American gymnast, former USA Gymnastics national team member
Liz Plank, senior producer and correspondent at Vox.com, author of “For the Love of Men
Keri Kirk, Ph.D.licensed clinical psychologist, speaker and consultant
Aaron Moore, LMHC, advisor, To Write Love on Her Arms

Moderator: Ross Szabo, CEO, Human Power Project

Sunday General Session

Michelle Guobadia

Be a Dream Maker: Your Role in Making Fraternity and Sorority Life Great

So now that you’re in a fraternity or sorority, life is great, right? But have you ever stopped to consider how your role in your chapter is making it truly great? Or worse, could your behavior be destroying it?

In her typical candid style, Michelle provides a wake-up call to those fraternity and sorority members who are coasting on their status or who are senselessly participating in destructive behavior, like hazing, abusive drinking, assault and poor academics.

Game Changers

Brittany Piper

Why I Didn't Fight Back

“Why can’t you remember? Your story doesn’t make sense. Why didn’t you fight back? Weren’t you drinking? What did you expect?”

Those are words Brittany Piper never imagined hearing after being sexually assaulted. Police officers, family, and community members hinted the same: it was her fault. Perhaps you’ve asked others, maybe even yourself, these same questions. Sadly, it’s a familiar response for the one in four college students who experience sexual assault.

But did you know there are scientific explanations behind these burning questions?

Join the thousands of audience members, from sex-crimes detectives, to trauma workers, to military members—who have been empowered to combat sexual assault and support survivors through Brittany’s thought-provoking, personal, and deeply moving program.

You’ll dive into the neurobiology of trauma, and the remarkable impacts of empathy-based prevention and response. Learn crucial terms that every organization, peer, and survivor should know, including revictimization, tonic immobility, trauma-informed support, and more.

Instagram: @TheBrittPiper

Liz Plank

For the Love of Men

In 2019, traditional masculinity is both rewarded and sanctioned. Men grow up being told that boys don’t cry and dolls are for girls (a newer phenomenon than you might realize gendered toys came back in vogue as recently as the 80s). They learn they must hide their feelings and anxieties, that their masculinity must constantly be proven. They must be the breadwinners, they must be the romantic pursuers. This hasn’t been good for the culture at large: 99% of school shooters are male; men in fraternities are 300% (!) more likely to commit rape; a woman serving in uniform has a higher likelihood of being assaulted by a fellow soldier than to be killed by enemy fire.

In For the Love of Men, Liz offers a smart, insightful, and deeply-researched guide for what we’re all going to do about toxic masculinity. For both women looking to guide the men in their lives and men who want to do better and just don’t know how, For the Love of Men will lead the conversation on men’s issues in a society where so much is changing, but gender roles have remained strangely stagnant.

What are we going to do about men? Liz Plank has the answer. And it has the possibility to change the world for men and women alike.

Twitter + Instagram: @feministabulous

Hailey Mangrum

What if Running the Yard Began with Relationships?

As you grow in the ranks of your chapter, who are you bringing with you? As you get to experience your organization and love it—who are you exposing it to? As new students enroll at your institution, who are you introducing it to?!

Relationships matter. And as much as some of us shy away from the word, recruitment matters in culturally based organizations.

We can’t run the yard if nobody knows we exist. We can’t run the yard if there’s hardly any members in our chapter. We can’t run the yard if we send people to the website every time they express interest.

It is important for us to begin having meaningful conversations with interested students, care about our members, and equip ourselves with the tools to maximize impact and growth through relationships. Our reputation depends on it.

Twitter: @AyeHayHay

Tina VanSteenbergen

Better Friends, Better Sisters, Better Women

Joining a sorority changes lives in many ways—especially by fostering genuine, meaningful friendships with other women.

Before sorority, Tina was unaware of the power of true, authentic friendship with women. She soon learned that sorority, and all the lifelong friendships she would build because of it, would change her life.

And yet, in the midst of these deep friendships lives the truth of “girl” culture. We talk behind each others’ backs. We choose jealousy and resentment over support and love. We compete instead of congratulate.

One of the real challenges in sorority leadership is acknowledging some of our less-productive impulses and tactics and using our leadership talents to steer our way to better relationships and better solutions. Tina will help you learn and practice how to unpack the true power of friendships with women, and choose to be better friends, better sisters, and better women.

Twitter + Instagram: @TinaRaeVan

Jessica Gendron

It's Still a Man's World

As young college women, we’re pumped with messages of #GirlPower and #Feminism. We’re told we can be anything when we grow up. We’re taught confidence and leadership—and we’re lead to believe that we’ll be treated the same as men in the “real” world.

They lied. The truth is that you will be treated differently because you are female. You will be evaluated, promoted, spoken to, interpreted, and listened to differently because you are female.

Get the skills you need to thrive in the real world. We haven’t been taught how to communicate in a male-dominated business world, how to advocate for ourselves, find our allies, and help other women succeed—until now. Hear Jessica’s experiences as a female executive, learn from her mistakes, and get her insider tips on how to thrive in the real world as a female leader—in college and your future career.

Gentry McCreary

Proven Ways to Either Keep Your Chapter Open … or to Close It

Where will your chapter be in five years? In 10 years?

Emerging longitudinal research on the fraternity/sorority experience are beginning to shed light on the most important things impacting chapter success—and chapter failure.

We’ll explore what the research shows about the things that matter most in the chapter experience. We’ll look at the best predictors of chapter success and the biggest predictors of chapter closure.

If you’ve ever thought about the future of your chapter, this session will give you straightforward, research-driven strategies to help ensure your chapter’s long-term success.

Twitter: @DoctorGentry

Piazza + Gruver Families

The Work to End Hazing Continues: One Year Later

One year ago, the Piazza and Gruver families shared their stories about the unimaginable loss of their sons, Tim and Max, to fraternity hazing.

They return to AFLV Central to share their stories, update us on their efforts, and challenge ALL fraternity/sorority members to take up the fight to end hazing now.

Whether you’ve been hazed, know that hazing is happening on your campus, or even if you’ve hazed one of your members in the past, we must all actively take part in this solving this problem so that no family has to endure this kind of tragedy. Let’s be the generation of fraternity and sorority members who end hazing once and for all.

Twitter: #LiveLikeTim #FlyHighMax

Dr. Walter Kimbrough

A Real Conversation about Hazing in NPHC and Cultural Greek Orgs

NPHC and cultural fraternities and sororities face different challenges than IFC and Panhellenic groups. But our groups can be corrupted just as much by the twisted power dynamics at play with hazing. We all know hazing is illegal. We know it is against our respective organizational and campus policies. We know that if we are caught, there could be harsh sanctions, including legal ones. Yet, year after year, people are humiliated and beaten. Year after year, we listen to recent grads (or those members just no longer enrolled) whose most significant accomplishment has been joining a fraternity or sorority. For some reason, their “wisdom” is valued more than the legitimate authorities within the national organizations or campus administrators. If we continue the secrecy, denial and persistence of hazing, the consequences will be grave. So what are YOU willing to do about it?

Twitter: @HipHopPrez

Vibe Check: University Presidents Edition

Hazing. Alcohol abuse. Racism. Sexual assault. These are just a few of the headlines involving our organizations. Many universities’ response: swift, direct action to make their campus communities as safe as possible. While it’s easy to question these decisions and suggest that campus administrators have it out for fraternities and sororities, sometimes we question without considering the perspective of those making decisions. Join several university presidents to talk about their perspectives on fraternity/sorority life, their expectations, and how they make decisions. Come prepared with questions and an open mind.

Panelists

President Walter Kimbrough, Dillard University
President John Thrasher, Florida State University
Jeremiah Shinn, Louisiana State University

Moderator:

Heather Kirk, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Lawrence Ross

Blackballed: Racism on Campus

Every year, whether it’s racist posts on Snapchat or Greeks wearing blackface at “Crips & Bloods” Halloween parties, racism on campus has a detrimental effect. This affects minority students as well as white students who perpetuate it.

This is a frank look at how a legacy of white racial supremacy in the United States leads to fraternity members singing about lynching black people. We’ll operate under the premise that you’re not responsible for your actions if you’re ignorant of why something is racist. However, you are responsible if you do understand, and you do the racist act anyway. Or if you remain quiet. You’ll learn about legacies of racism while getting a call to action to change that legacy to being actively anti-racist.

Twitter + Instagram: @alpha1906
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