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FOA Programming Resource Guide

In an effort to expand our resources for educational programming, the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life has compiled a suggested list of available resources for you to contact. Many of the organizations do not have established programs, but are willing to come and speak to your chapters, sit on panels, lead discussions, or are willing to design a seminar to suit your needs. We encourage you to be creative and supplement this list with other sources to which you have access. As stated in the Fraternal Organization Agreement, you are required to complete one educational program a year for the members and potential members or new members of your chapter in categories of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Anti-Hazing, and Sexual Violence Prevention, an as well as three other topics of your choice.

Be sure to check out the many once-a-year educational opportunities that satisfy FOA requirements – Upcoming FOA Events

Sexual and Gender Based Violence

  • One In Four, “How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do.” Contact: One in Four is an all-male identified sexual assault peer education group at U.Va. The organization presents a one-hour program, “How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do,” to a variety of other male groups across Grounds — sports teams, residence hall students, student organizations, fraternities. They also may present to coed audiences jointly with One Less.
  • One Less Contact: Ashley Brown, One Less is an all-female sexual assault and relationship violence education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. One Less offers a one-hour program that helps raise awareness about sexual violence and focuses on ways peers can help and support survivors.
  • Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)/Rape Crisis Center: Contact: 434-295-7273. SARA Website The goal of SARA’s Education and Training Program is two-fold: to reduce the vulnerability of men, women and children to sexual assault and sexual abuse; and to create a climate in which sexual assault and sexual abuse is no longer be tolerated.
  • Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC): Contact: Claire Kaplan, Director,, or visit The Women's Center website. The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) Program educates students, staff, and faculty at the University of Virginia about gender violence and its impact on our community. They provide support to survivors of these crimes, work to strengthen the University’s responses and policies so that all victims are treated fairly and appropriately, empower women to resist abuse, and empower men to embrace their role as allies in this work, in order to reduce the incidence of these violent crimes. GVSC also coordinates and hosts public events and education for the University community throughout the year.
  • Shelter for Help In Emergency (SHE): Contact: 434-963-4676 to schedule a presentation; or visit the Shelter for Help in Emergency website. Our mission is to end domestic violence in our community.  With that goal in mind, Shelter staff provide free educational programs to civic organizations, schools, workplaces, allied professionals, the faith community and any other community group that may request a training.”
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance: Contact: 434-979-9002 – 1415 Sachem Place, Suite 1, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901; VSDV Alliance Website.
  • National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence: Contact: Debby Tucker, 512-407-9020, ; NCDSV Website. NCDSV designs, provides and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence. Our website provides a wealth of information for professionals and volunteers. Particular attention is paid to the issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence in the military community. Links are provided to state, local, national and international groups providing services, changing policy and practice and promoting the end of violence.
  • Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER Campus): Contact: 347-465-7233 – 32 Broadway, Suite 1101 New York, NY 10004; SAFER Campus website
  • Women’s Empowerment Retreat (Sororities only), Contemplative Sciences Center 

    The Women’s Empowerment Retreat satisfies three FOA program requirements at once: sexual assault education, personal health and wellness, and gender.

    Description: Women’s Empowerment Retreat: The Contemplative Science Center offers a part day engaged learning experience that combines sexual assault education with performance optimization and stress management techniques to succeed as women in university life and beyond.  Activities include self-defense training, body positive yoga,  meditation for stress reduction, and small group discussions.  This empowerment course will help participants develop a comprehensive vision of the life that they want and provide them with the tools to manifest it and unlock their full personal power.  Discussion topics include sexual assault, resistance to assaults, stress and anxiety, performance, bias, and cultivating one’s own inherent natural power and abilities. Location of retreat is on grounds.  Contact Jason Jones(  and Leslie Hubbard( ) and visit the CSC website.

Alcohol and Drugs

  • University Police Department Contact: Ben Rexrode, , 434-531-5600. Officer Rexrode has educational programming, focusing on education and awareness, regarding illegal date rape drugs. This program can be tailored specifically to fraternity and sorority audiences.
  • Region Ten Community Services Contact: 434-972-1800 – 800 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903; Region Ten Community Services Board is an agency of local government, providing mental health and substance addiction services where they are needed in the local community.


  • Inter/National Organizations: The headquarters of many fraternities and sororities offer programs that address hazing. Also, as educational and leadership consultants visit your chapter, you are encouraged to request a program on this topic.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life: Contact the staff in ODOS/FSL to discuss various programmatic opportunities. Phone: 434-924-7430.
  • University Police Department: Contact: Ben Rexrode,, 434-531-5600. Officer Rexrode can present educational programming, focusing on education, awareness and prevention, regarding hazing specifically in fraternities and sororities.

Bystander Intervention


  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator: Contact: 434-924-3200; The University's ADA Coordinator is a member of the EOCR team and, along with other EOCR colleagues, offers training on disability-related topics, such as resources and reporting options, Report A Barrier, service animals, and web accessibility.


  • Women’s Center Contact: 434-982-2361 – The University of Virginia Women’s Center serves University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, highlighting leadership development, research, scholarship, art, counseling, and public service by and for women. 

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • African-American Studies Department: 434-924-3109 – The Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia, P. O. Box 400162, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4162;
  • Office of African-American Affairs Contact: 434-924-7923 – Luther P. Jackson House. Contact: Dion W. Lewis;
  • Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR):
    The mission of the University's Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) is to ensure equal opportunity and to protect the civil rights of all University community members through proactive outreach, education, and effective response and resolution. 
    The EOCR team provides a number of training programs related to the University's Preventing and Addressing Dicrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (PADH/R) policies. Contact:  434-924-3200 or

  • Asian Student Union
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Latino Student Alliance
  • UP:  Unpacking Privilege:  Understanding Perspective is a new program headed by the Minority Rights Coalition that aims to increase awareness and promote dialogue surrounding the subject of multiculturalism. UP’s main objective is to urge students to think critically about privilege and perspective, specifically as they apply to the UVa community. UP explores multiculturalism through history, statistics, psychology, and language, as well as dialogue and activities pertaining to these topics.  Contact: Jack Chetman,, UP Coordinator – Minority Rights Coalition.
  • Diversity 101: Cross the Line:

    Background: This is a standard diversity orientation activity used at many colleges and universities.  This is a brief overview of the activity, for promo purposes, but the full outline will include setting the container and questions for reflection. It can be complimented with a "Privilege Walk" activity.

    Intro: We can spend many hours with the people around us, without knowing the breath and depth of their personal experience. In this exercise we will explore the diversity among us by thinking about our values, our backgrounds, our teachers, and our experiences. We may discover that this fairly homogeneous looking group is much more diverse than any of you would assume. 

    Instructions: Ask everyone to gather on one side of the room/line and face towards its center. I will call out specific categories/labels/descriptions, and ask that all of those to whom this applies, walk to the other side of the room/line. This will be a silent activity with a collaborative debrief session for processing. 


    -To emphasize the importance of knowing and communicating personal values 

    -To highlight how personal values influence the group 

    -To develop the idea that knowing your values will be the basis for leadership 

    -To introduce the concept of values based actions

    -To help groups establish a baseline for the discussion of difficult topic

    Overall the FOA format would be to introduce the exercise “Privilege Walk”, engage in the exercise, then have a 15 min debrief in small groups.  Contact:  Leslie Hubbard


  • United Ministry at the University of Virginia: Contact: Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education, P. O. Box 800672, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908; 434-924-2642.United Ministry is comprised of religiously based organizations and their leaders who provide service to the University of Virginia. The members of United Ministry are committed to the promotion of religious development within the University community through the interaction of religion and intellectual life.

Sexual Orientation

  • LGBTQ Student Services/LGBTQ Center Contact: 434-924-7447 – Newcomb Hall, Room 164A; The LGBTQ Center works both to raise awareness and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and to provide information, referral, support, and programming to the University community. 

The Honor System

  • Honor Committee Contact: 434-924-7602This program is designed and presented by representatives of the Honor Committee, with the intention of educating members about the basics of the Honor System, the changes recently made to the Honor System, and how the Honor Code may affect a fraternity or sorority member’s daily life. Topics of this FOA will range from discussing pragmatically how Honor reports, investigations, and trials work to the philosophical underpinnings of the Honor Code. The program will also involve a question and answering portion, in the hopes that the Honor representatives can resolve any questions that members may have.

Other Diversity Opportunities

  • Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (S.E.E.D.) Contact: Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (SEED) is a group of specially selected and trained students who are dedicated to raising awareness and social justice issues at the University through education and interactive dialogue.

Event Planning and Fundraising

  • Kenna Boyd: Associate Director of Donor Relations, Office of University Development.  Contact: 924-7593, Boyd works with the Office of the President and many other academic and administrative departments at U.Va. to plan events locally, across the country and internationally.
  • Kim Dixon Ferguson: Director of Conference Services.  Contact her to set up a seminar or lecture on successful event or meeting  planning:  924 0811, Ms. Ferguson works with departments and individuals to plan and execute camps, meeting, events, and conferences at the University of Virginia.


  • Inter/National Organizations: The headquarters of many fraternities and sororities offer programs that address hazing. Also, as educational and leadership consultants visit your chapter, chapters are encouraged to request a program on this topic.
  • Student Legal Services: Contact: Lester Wilson III, Director Attorney at Law, Newcomb Hall, 4th Floor, Room 460, P. O. Box 400810, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904; 434-924-7524

Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Fire Prevention and Emergency Plans Training Contact: 434-982-4911; Gerald Drumheller
  • Red Cross Training, CPR, and First Aid Contact: 434-924-3791; University of Virginia Intramural-Recreational Sports Business Office, 450 Whitehead Road, P. O. Box 400317, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • University of Virginia Environmental Health & Safety Contact: 434-982-4911; Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is a resource that is available to every member of the University community to help make the living, working, and learning environment safe, by promoting prudent work practices through effective education and consultation.  EHS assists individuals, departments, and committees, to achieve compliance with University, local, state and federal policies and regulations, as efficiently as possible.
  • University Police Department: 434-924-7166

Personal Safety & Self Defense

  • Red Cross Training, CPR, and First Aid: Contact: University of Virginia Intramural-Recreational Sports Business Office, 450 Whitehead Road, P. O. Box 400317, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904; 434-924-3791
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Class: University of Virginia Police Officers instruct classes in self-defense not only for students, faculty, and staff, but for people from the community.  The program deals with escapes, physical attacks, personal awareness, risk avoidance, community assistance, and procedures for prosecution.4 Separate organizations in the Charlottesville area offer R.A.D. classes:

Sexual Health and Wellness

  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic-Chancellorsville Center: Contact 434-296-1000 ext 6643. 2964 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
    • “Risky Business” 101/102: This two part session covers the basics of sex education like birth control and STI’s from a sex positive stand point. We also address myths, some general sexual health, and great tips. Ideal for those who had abstinence-centered education or just needing a refresher (Also offered in a condensed single session)
    • “Sex Ed 101″: This is a multi-session series giving you everything we have to offer and more. Ideal for those who have not had much more that pregnancy and STI prevention.
    • “Guide to Getting Frisky”: This is a follow-up to Risky Business. This session focuses on Hook-up Culture, Love and Dating, and Sexual Function in the college setting.
    • “What’s Your Plan?”: Covers the basics of Planned Parenthood, Services, Cost and Volunteer Opportunities.
    • “Sister’s in Hand”: This session is specifically geared toward College Sororities and Sexual Assault/Dating Violence Awareness.
    • “Sex After Dark”: This is an audience driven session. Call for more information.
    • Other: We also host sessions based on the organization’s needs and requests. If none of these programs fits your needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Personal Health and Nutrition

  • Albemarle Health Department Contact: 434-972-6217; 1138 Rose Hill Drive, P. O. Box 7546, Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
  • American Cancer Society Contact: 434-978-7423; Charlottesville Office, 3042-D Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
  • Eating Disorders Education / Body Positive Programming: Contact: 434-243-2463. The mission of the Women’s Center Eating Disorders Education Initiative (EDEI) is to work with our partners to provide outreach services and resources about disordered eating, body image, and exercise concerns to the University community in order to create awareness about these issues, support those affected, and reduce prevalence. The program educates students about methods to create a body positive community on grounds and encourages developing a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and body image.
  • Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders (H.O.P.E.) H.O.P.E. presents educational programming to student groups on Grounds about eating, exercise and body image disorders. Our most popular programs are “How to Help a Friend” and “The Freshman 15″, both of which explore the signs, symptoms and underlying causes of these issues, and provide ideas and advice for individuals hoping to support help friends struggling with eating and exercise disorders.
  • “Trouble in the Bubble”: The stress management outreach begins with an emphasis on the existence of good and bad stress, as well as reviewing how students react to stress and ideas for how students can cope with it. Two ways are specifically taught in how to relieve stress, either through massage techniques or a deep breathing exercise. The outreach also touches on some illnesses related to stress: depression, anxiety disorders, and panic attacks. Most students can recognize stress in their environment, so the outreach plans to encourage positive ways to manage stress and alert them to resources (such as CAPS, the Counseling and Psychological Services run out of Student Health) at their disposal. Finally, the outreach covers sleep habits; reviewing several facts and myths surrounding healthy sleep and going over how to achieve a better night’s sleep. 
  • “Stress Management” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter. This program is a roughly one to one and a half hour program designed to help participants better understand the causes and symptoms of stress and gives them a step-by-step guide to help them create a customized strategy to address the stressors in their lives in a constructive way. Contact: Hal Turner, 434 924 7430,
  • “Time Management” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter. This program is aimed at improving students’ understanding of their own time management skills, as well as giving them strategies, tools, and ideas for improving their time management skills.  Through a number of personal diagnostic tools, guided small- and large- group discussion, and personal reflection, students should come away from this program having thought critically about how they can improve their time management skills.  Contact: Hal Turner, 434 924 7430,
  • “Nutrition” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter. The goal of this program is to facilitate discussion of how good nutrition decisions can be incorporated into your life as a student at UVA. With so many commitments to academics, extracurricular activities, and friends, finding the time (or energy) to plan healthy meals seems a bit unrealistic for many college students. This program will give you some ideas on how you can fit better nutrition decisions into your busy life. Contact: Hal Turner, 434 924 7430,
  • Mental Health and Wellness Outreach

The SJC Outreach Program at the Curry School of Education is offering FOA programs beginning in the fall semester of 2017. We are open to tailoring FOAs specifically to your house or organization, based on your interests and needs. Conflict resolution, time management, stress management, and health and wellness are examples of programs that we already offer. However, we hope to meet with a representative from any group interested in our programming to develop an FOA that is right for you. The SJC Outreach Program is happy to come to you in order to make this happen, as community involvement through our Fellows is a major component of this initiative. We look forward to hearing from you and please contact one of the following to get started. Dr. Peter Sheras, Kevin DiFazio, James Stowers, or Kevin DiFazio

  • Optimal Living and Performance, Contemplative Sciences Center

    Learn simple and effective techniques from empirically studied contemplative practices (such as mindfulness, active listening, yoga, meditation, etc) on how to live and perform optimally, reduce stress and anxiety, and reach your personal and professional goals. This workshop combines experiential training with discussion and can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of your group. Contact Jason Jones ( and Leslie Hubbard( ) and visit our website for more information on the CSC website.

  • Relationships 101, Contemplative Sciences Center One of the most necessary skills to develop in order to succeed and derive happiness in our personal (family, friends, romantic partners) and professional(academic, career)lives are building and sustaining healthy relationships built on open communication, trust, compassion, understanding, and mutual support.  Learn through fun, playful activities such as partner/acro yoga, role play, and dialogue ways to enhance your own self awareness of your habits and triggers, communication skills, empathy training, and conflict resolution tools to build and sustain healthy relationships.  CSC can work directly with you to tailor this workshop to your needs. Contact Leslie Hubbard( ) and visit our website for more information on the CSC website.
  • Peer Health Educators (PHE) – Apples to Apples: How do busy students make time for nutrition? We've got you covered with tips and tricks to manage a balanced diet in college. Complete this form to request an outreach. Questions? Contact
  • Peer Health Educators (PHE) – Trouble In The Bubble: The life of a student is stressful, we know. Luckily, PHEs are here to teach you to manage your stress and find some refreshment in every day. Complete this form to request an outreach. Questions? Contact

Other Opportunities

  • Learning about the Miller Center: Are you interested in politics, history, and current events? Then, the Miller Center is a place that you need to know.  It is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.  We have regular, public events featuring speakers that include high-ranking public officials, scholars from leading research institutions, and journalists covering national and international events. Visit us online to hear recorded presidential conversations or learn about how Cabinet members describe their experiences in the administrations that they served. The Miller Center strongly encourages students to become more involved and informed about the tools that the Center has to offer to enrich their  UVa experience. Come to our events, browse our archives, or visit our facilities to learn about all of the work underway here! For more information about bringing this program to your chapter, visit the Miller Center Website.
  • University Career Services offers a vast array of career search, resume, and professionalism development resources. Search their website for specific programs that you may be able to bring to your chapters. Additionally, you can utilize Career Peer Educators to help you navigate Career Services resources of build a program specifically for your needs.
  • Green Greeks: Contact: Katie Carter, or Alex Wolz, The Green Greeks program educates students on how they can apply sustainable living practices to their daily lives on- and off-Grounds. As sustainability advocates, we educate others, and promote and practice the many sustainable practices. Through collaboration and dedication, we can make a profound impact on our world.
  • Madison House - Passions Beyond Grounds: Contact: Amy Ackerman, This program will educate students on how they can apply their personal passions and their organization's national philanthropy through effective community engagement. After giving a brief overview of Madison House, students will go through a short workshop including a discussion of their passions, definitions related to community engagement,  how our belief systems play a role in this work and start to brainstorm ways to get engaged in the community.


Please note: Educational programs to complete FOA requirements must be a minimum of one hour in duration (at least one hour for the presentation with 15 minutes of interactive discussion or interactivity). It is the chapter’s responsibility to coordinate with presenters in advance of programs to ensure that they meet this time expectation. Please give presenters the courtesy of two weeks notice prior to the date of your programs. Good Luck and Enjoy!

If you are a community member who may be interested in presenting a program for the fraternity & sorority community at U.Va., please contact Hal Turner in the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life at