July 22, 2014 6:04 am
by Heather Shea
While nearly all states in the U.S. now have anti-hazing legislation and most campuses have adopted policies prohibiting hazing, it is still too common especially within fraternities and sororities. While there is a lot of evidence to prove that Greek-letter organizations provide positive experiences for students, many are still engaging in hazing. State laws and campus policies are apparently insufficient in reducing incidents of hazing and campus leaders need strategies to prevent this ongoing issue.
On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with three national experts, consultants, and student affairs professionals to discuss how student affairs can address and prevent hazing. Jason Meriwether works at Indiana University Southeast, Dr. Kristie Gover works at Jacksonville University, and Josh Brown works at the University of South Florida. Please read the detailed bios of the three guests below.
Please join us for this important conversation about preventing hazing. Student Affairs Live welcomes your tweets to #higheredlive!
Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Jason has led the refinement of the framework and oversight for Anti-Hazing Education for Greek Letter Organizations on multiple campuses. Jason has overseen the completion of over 10,000 documented community service hours by Greek Letter Organizations during his career and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. Jason was worked with the three largest recognized national bodies of Greek Life, the IFC, NPHC, & Pan-Hel as well as service, honors, multicultural, and music fraternities & sororities. Jason’s national presentations on legal issues related to hazing have been the subject of cover stories in the Student Affairs Today Newsletter and in College Athletics and the Law. You can learn more about Jason by visiting www.jasonlmeriwether.com or following him on twitter @JLMeriwether06.
Dr. Kristie Gover is the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Jacksonville University. Kristie previously served as the Residence Hall Director for two IFC fraternities at the University of Louisville, as a volunteer Panhellenic advisor for Chi Omega at the University of South Carolina, and as the Panhellenic and IFC advisor at Jacksonville University. Kristie is a member of the Beta Gamma chapter of Chi Omega. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Louisville and doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Florida. Connect with Kristie on twitter at @kristiegover
Joshua H. Brown is the Coordinator for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Josh has been involved with Fraternity and Sorority life for more than 8 years in the capacities of Civic Engagement Liaison, Educator, Mentor, and Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has facilitated a number of Fraternity and Sorority engagement efforts in multiple cities fostering growth and development within surrounding communities as well as individual chapters and members. Josh currently serves a community inclusive of the National Pan Hellenic Council, Inter Fraternal Council, Pan-Hellenic Association, and Multicultural Greek Council totaling 45 chapters which account for more than 2300 students.