PRESENTATION: Unfrozen. Catching Your Breath, Overcoming Trauma, and Learning to be an Active Bystander
This program aims to tell Jamie's personal and professional story about the ways in which sorority made her who she is (with good and challenging chapters along the way), and the ways we all could do better. During her time as a student, she was sexually assaulted, participated in hazing, watched hazing, and got hazed. She now works with students and chapters each day to develop new member education and curriculum that helps students come to their own conclusions that hazing should not be tolerated. She speaks to the power of creating a culture of care that will help the sorority/ fraternity movement grow and transform. She saw how she and others acted in situations of violence and spaces where they all had the opportunity to act and be a change-maker. For years she wrestled with the feeling of not being able to catch her breath; because she knows there is a story to tell here. A story about strength in humans and the development of someone’s brain in traumatic situations. Looking back at her story, and the stories of many people when they decide to not act or act, many people regret not making the right decision. Jamie hopes to engage the audience in learning that fight or flight in those traumatic situations is very normal but what many do not talk about is how many of us FREEZE and that it is also a very normal response to trauma. If we can understand that, we can start the process of true intervention.
Jamie wants to empower audiences to react, advocate, and make decisions to pave the way for a better sorority or fraternity experience in the future- for them and their brothers and sisters. The goal of this program is for attendees to see that there are many small moments in someone’s experience in sorority/fraternity (or any organization) to make a difference and change situations for the better, and to give them some tools in their toolkit to bring home with them.
This program can be shifted to focus on sexual assault and bystander intervention and/or hazing and bystander intervention, but not both.
Keynote and facilitated workshop learning objectives:
1. Participants will hear and actively listen to real life forms of hazing and sexual violence.
2. Participants will learn definitions and have an understanding for bystander intervention, hazing, and/or sexual violence and assault prevention.
3. Participants will take away realistic and strategic ways to combat sexual violence and/or hazing.
If a facilitated workshop, learning objectives:
1. Participants will enage in conversations and discussions to dismantle hazing mentality and culture or sexual assault and rape culture
2. Participants will listen, learn, and engage in this highly interactive workshop
Ideal Audience: Sorority Life, Fraternity and Sorority Communities, Panhellenic Organizations, Women’s Groups, Residence Life, Sexual Assault and Bystander Intervention Trainings, Hazing Presentations, New Student Programming