We are so lucky to have Kristen's Story come to So Cal thanks to Iota Xi chapter (UC Riverside). Your chapters are welcome to attend the campus event on October 20, 2012. I will post additional information regarding the exact location very soon.
If you would like to bring Kristin’s Story to your school you might want to think about applying for a gran through the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. This is an excellent way to promote domestic violence awareness on your campus and educate your peers on issues like relationship violence and depression through an engaging and personal presentation? Grant applications to host Kristin’s Story in spring 2013 are now available! Kristin’s Story is a program in which Andrea Cooper tells the story of her daughter Kristin (a member of Alpha Chi Omega) and her struggle with acquaintance rape and her suicide that followed. Andrea educates university communities about depression and sexual assault in hopes of bringing awareness for the cause and support for victims.
To be considered for a grant to bring Andrea to your campus, please fill out the application. Grant applications are due by Friday, October 26. Contact Alexis Kollay D’Ettorre with any questions.
Quote of the Month:
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Domestic Violence Awareness month has a very special meaning to us Alpha Chis. More often than not, society envisions those affected by domestic violence as other people. That “other” may be closer than you think! Start the conversation with your sisters and peers on prevention, healthy relationships, self worth and confidence. Offer prevention opportunities and raise awareness by working with local non-profit agencies to provide education or develop your own curriculum based on your own research. Prevention is key in any cause!
- http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/web/guest/downloadfile (specific curriculum and resources developed…great for a chi connection!)
- Local resources (San Diego): http://www.ccssd.org/services_eando.html
- Local resources (Riverside): http://www.alternativestodv.org/programs/communityeducation.html
National Hazing Prevention Week: September 24-28, 2012Start the conversation by learning more about how you and your chapter can promote prevention of hazing on the National Hazing Prevention website. As human beings we make a commitment to respect those around us. It is our responsibility to be proactive and a part of the solution.
Hazing FactsHazing is a plague in our society. Incidents are on the rise – particularly among younger and younger kids committing increasingly more violent acts. Take a look at some statistics:
•1.5 million high school students are hazed each year; 47% of students came to college already having experienced hazing.
•55% of college students involved in clubs, teams and organizations experience hazing.
•Alcohol consumption, humiliation, isolation, sleep-deprivation, and sexual acts are hazing practices common across all types of student groups.
•40% of athletes who reported being involved in hazing behaviors report that a coach or advisor was aware of the activity; 22% report that the coach was involved.
•2 in 5 students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus. More than 1 in 5 report that they witnessed hazing personally.
•In 95% of cases where students identified their experience as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials.
•Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior in college do not consider themselves to have been hazed.
•36% of students say they would not report hazing primarily because "there's no one to tell," and 27% feel that adults won't handle it right.
•As of February 12, 2010, the number of recorded hazing/pledging/rushing-related deaths in fraternities and sororities stands at 96 – 90 males and 6 females.
•82% of deaths from hazing involve alcohol.
|Taryn & Brianna (Iota Nu) met under the Arch to celebrate 2012 National Convention!|
|Kailyn, (Iota Tau Chapter President) Serving as IT Delegate|
|Alpha Psi - Outstanding Advisory Board|
|CA Attendees Celebrating @ Final Banquet|
|Karina Shaver and Stephanie Sibley w/ Melissa d'Arabian after her phenomenal speech!|
Just some food for thought!
Sisterhood Moments at National Convention!
|Coordinated...but Definitely Not Planned! :)|
|Our Lovely SoCal Alumnae Leadership Closing out Convention @ the Final Night Banquet
|Making Legacies One Woman at a Time!|
|Ladies of Iota Tau Getting Ready for Opening Chapter Meeting!|
|Kappa Lambda Advisors, Past, Present and Future Celebrating Chapter Honors|
It's a new school year and it is back! So Cal AXOs stay tuned for new posts to keep you updated on deadlines, upcoming events, programming ideas and resources.
If you have any chapter updates that you would like to share please message me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
THANK YOU ANNA GOLKA for helping to coordinate this!!! THANK YOU EPSILON KAPPA FOR OPENING UP YOUR BEAUTIFUL CHAPTER HOUSE!!!