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FOA Programming Resource Guide

The following is a list of available resources for Fraternal Organizations. The Fraternal Organization Agreement requires that all fraternities and sororities complete a total of four educational programs during the academic year (two each semester) on the topics of alcohol and other drug education, sexual respect education, hazing prevention education, and diversity/inclusion and respect.  If your chapter would like to complete a program that is not listed here (i.e. outside speaker, faculty member, etc.)  please contact your chapter’s FSL Liaison within the Fraternity & Sorority Life Team at least three weeks in advance.

  • Dorothea Mack, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Alex Winkowski, Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

ALCOHOL/DRUG USE EDUCATION

Peer Health Educators: Workshops and education on alcohol/other drug use and various health-related topics. As peer educators, the teams promote awareness, provides educational outreach, and serves as accessible resources for UVA students in a non-judgemental atmosphere. Programs include: Alcohol1: BAC to Basics, Alcohol2: Beyond the Basics, and our very interactive “Other Drugs” program covering cannabis, vaping, prescription stimulants and opioids.

NOTE: During Fall 2021, The Peer Health Educators will not being accepting outreach requests until October 2021.  To schedule an educational program, complete this form to request an outreach. Questions? Contact pheoutreaches@gmail.com

HAZE: Gordie Bailey was 18 years old when he died from a hazing-related alcohol overdose, only three weeks after starting his freshman year of college. He was found face down on the floor of his fraternity house. No one called for help until it was too late. The 37-minute HAZE documentary weaves together Gordie's story with interviews on hazing and alcohol misuse and is followed by a group discussionNote: As a documentary about a death, the film includes police photos of Gordie’s body and the scene where he died, as well as a few general clips of hazing and excessive drinking.

University Police Department University Police has educational programming focusing on education, awareness, and enforcement regarding alcohol, drugs, and illegal date rape drugs. This program can be tailored specifically to fraternity and sorority audiences

Inter/National Organizations: Many fraternities and sororities offer or require programs that address alcohol & other drug education. Chapters are encouraged to utilize these programs where possible. For assistance with being connected to these resources please contact your chapter’s FSL advisor. For our IFC and ISC chapters, as educational and leadership consultants plan their visits to UVA, you are encouraged to request a program on this topic. For Example: ASTP (Alcohol Skills Training Program)

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HAZING PREVENTION

HAZE: Gordie Bailey was 18 years old when he died from a hazing-related alcohol overdose, only three weeks after starting his freshman year of college. He was found face down on the floor of his fraternity house. No one called for help until it was too late. The 37-minute HAZE documentary weaves together Gordie's story with interviews on hazing and alcohol misuse and is followed by a group discussionNote: As a documentary about a death, the film includes police photos of Gordie’s body and the scene where he died, as well as a few general clips of hazing and excessive drinking.

Positive Organization Expectations (POE) program is a 1-hour hazing prevention program that leads student groups through an open discussion about the values of their organization and the impact of hazing on students.  Every POE workshop includes space for group participation through dialogue and activities.

University Police Department: Officer Rexrode can present educational programming, focusing on education, awareness and prevention, regarding hazing specifically in fraternities and sororities.

Inter/National Organizations: Many fraternities and sororities offer or require programs that address hazing presentation education. Chapters are encouraged to utilize these programs where possible. For assistance with being connected to these resources please contact your chapter’s FSL advisor. For our IFC and ISC chapters, as educational and leadership consultants plan their visits to UVA, you are encouraged to request a program on this topic.

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SEXUAL RESPECT EDUCATION & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Hoos Got Your Back provides tailored workshops for community members to gain the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy to be able to identify and intervene in a moment of harm. Workshops teach how to safely and effectively intervene by using the “3Ds” and encourage participants to select a strategy that best fits their unique identities and the context of the moment of harm. By being active bystanders, we collectively help to prevent harm and to create a community of care at UVA.

Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR)/Title IX: The Title IX team is available to provide training on topics related to the University's Policy on Sexual and Gender-based Harassment and other forms of Interpersonal Violence, such as sexual assault, sexual and gender-based harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, and/or retaliation. 

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)/ Rape Crisis Center:  SARA works to create a cultural climate where even attempted sexual assault is as unlikely as humanly possible; and where bystanders notice the red flags, feel responsible to intervene, and have the skills to help protect the people around them. SARA has a range of highly skilled trainers, and offers trainings on the following topics: Bystander Intervention, Consent, Gender, Sexual Harassment, Primary Prevention, Supporting Survivors, and more. SARA has 3 counselors who provide trauma-informed therapy to survivors of sexual assault, as well as loved ones who are impacted. SARA provides emergency accompaniment for survivors at the hospital, as well as a 24- hour hotline (434-977-7273). SARA’s services are free to survivors and their loved ones 

Maxine Platzner Lynn Women’s Center
Visit https://womenscenter.virginia.edu/contact for more information on how to schedule programs for your organization. If you have any questions, please contact Diadra Bendixen at womenscenterservices@virginia.edu or 434.982.2252

How to Support a Friend

This FOA Program will cover how you can support a friend who has experienced sexual and gender-based harm. This workshops attempts to build on the skills needed to recognize signs of trauma, increasing your knowledge of resources on and off grounds, and how to develop a self-care plan for you and your friend.  

Crushing It: A Guide to Navigating the Complexity of Dating and Healthy Relationships

This workshop aims to give individuals more confidence to define what constitutes a healthy relationship. Topics covered in this FOA Program are how our identities shape our views and ideals about dating, how to create your own dating philosophy, and how to set boundaries that can even extend outside of romantic relationships.

Take Back the Night: The Take Back the Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. The UVA Take Back the Night programs take place throughout the month of April.  Once a complete calendar is available, the FSL Staff will determine what opportunities can count towards an FOA credit.  

  • Feel free to contact your chapter’s FSL liaison regarding this opportunity 

Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC)
Visit https://csc.virginia.edu/  for more information on how to schedule programs for your organization. Previous offerings have included: 

  • Women’s Empowerment Retreat (Sororities only) 
  • Cultivating Healthy Relationships 

Sex Fest (Peer Health Educators): College relationships can be fun and exciting. Learn how to stay safe and healthy in all kinds of intimate situations. We answer your questions about birth control, STIs, consent, and more! Complete this form to request an outreach.  Contact pheoutreaches@gmail.com for questions.

University Police Department: A workshop that discusses different forms of gender-based violence and also reviews basic self-defense techniques.

The One Love Foundation was started in 2010 after Yeardley Love, a fourth-year lacrosse player at UVA, was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Our main program, the Escalation Workshop, is a 90-minute, film-based experience that educates about the warning signs of an abusive relationship.  It includes a 45-minute film and a facilitator-lead discussion afterwards. Our newer workshop, Behind the Post, is a 45 to 60-minute workshop, and it is focused on the role that social media plays in our relationships, and also demonstrates really clearly the 10 signs of an unhealthy relationship. It includes a 7-minute video and a 40-minute facilitated discussion. 

  • Contact: Martha Gallagher - mkg4nh@virginia.edu or visit JoinOneLove.org for more info about the work we do. 

Inter/National Organizations: Many fraternities and sororities offer or require programs that address sexual assault prevention. Chapters are encouraged to utilize these programs where possible. For assistance with being connected to these resources please contact your chapter’s FSL liaison. For our IFC and ISC chapters, as educational and leadership consultants plan their visits to UVA, you are encouraged to request a program on this topic. 

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INCLUSION and RESPECT EDUCATION

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): 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.

Diversity 101: Who am I?: Not only do we can spend many hours with the people around us, without knowing the breadth and depth of their personal experience and identity but we in fact are very unaware of many aspects of our own different identities and how they change given different contexts.  In this workshop we will explore the diversity with us and among us by thinking about our values, our backgrounds, our teachers, and our experiences. These exercises aim at increasing our understandings of the many ways we form identity and to begin to break down the barriers between identities and foster greater understanding and compassion, and to begin to understand the difference between belonging and interconnection.  We may discover that this fairly homogeneous looking group is much more diverse than any of you would assume.

PADHR Training: 
Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR):  The EOCR team is available to provide customized training on topics related to the University's Preventing and Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (“PADHR”) policies, which prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected characteristics, such as color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, and religion, as well as retaliation. 

HoosBrave is a volunteer organization within UVA that provides learning sessions and some custom consultation for areas seeking a program of diversity and inclusion learning. HoosBrave currently offers 3-4 courses and maintains a curated list of learning resources. The courses include:

  • Multicultural Fluency
  • BraveSpace
  • Growing Deeper: The Power of Privilege

Social Justice Education Collective: The SJEC Program  aims to create multicultural educational opportunities and promote social awareness through workshops incorporating student experiences and academic literature of social justice education.  To request a SJEC presentation for your organization, fill out this REGISTRATION FORM.  Note: private workshops will be offered starting spring 2022.

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH, AND WELLNESS

While these programs do not count towards the FOA educational programming requirements, chapters are encouraged to take advantage of these additional resources for the benefit and continued education of their members.

Body Positive Program (BPP): This program can provide education and facilitate an interactive discussion focused on how body image affects us all and how to create and support a body positive community. We can tailor the outreach to include other topics including how to help a friend you are concerned about as it relates to body image, eating and exercise. BPP envisions a body positive community at UVA where everyone enjoys a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image.

Fire Prevention and Emergency Plans Training: Presentation will provide fire safety advice and tips that will help prevent fires and also advise on measures that one should take in the event of a fire. Additionally, presentation will address how to prepare and execute an evacuation plan during emergencies.  Program only offered from August through the end of March of each year.

Honor: This 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.

Mental Health and Wellness Outreach: The Shiela Johnson Center Mental Health and Wellness Outreach team is a program created by Greeks, for Greeks with the goal of helping to educate the Greek life population on key mental health and wellness topics. We offer a wide range of programing including Self care, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, time and stress management, and more. We would be happy to create and present a program that meets your needs, even if you have something in mind that isn't listed above. We also serve as a liaison for those in Greek life to help them find resources to meet their mental health needs and offer support for those who are reaching out on behalf of their peers.

  • Contact: If you would like to schedule a program please reach out to Dr. Peter Sheras (pls@virginia.edu).

The Miller Center 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. What are the lessons of leadership from the best, and worst, presidencies in American history? How can these lessons help prepare you for a life in the public or private sectors? Using a variety of materials, including recordings and interviews with former Cabinet members featured in our Presidential Recordings and Presidential Oral History programs, the Miller Center explores how the lessons of history help to inform current events.

  • Contact: For more information about bringing a program to your chapter, please contact Stefanie Georgakis Abbot (sg9mj@virginia.edu)

Mindfulness and Stress Management: If you are worrying, you are not studying:  This brief introduction to mindfulness practice includes instruction in simple, practical mindfulness exercises, and an explanation of how and why these practices can be used to manage stress and foster wellbeing. Topics include defining what mindfulness is and isn’t, including dispelling some common misconceptions; the myth of multitasking; our harmful addiction to thinking; noticing the difference between the conditions we encounter and our reactions to the conditions; mindfulness and sleep; and learning HOW to accept the things you cannot change.

Optimal Living and Performance Learn simple and effective techniques from empirically studied contemplative practices (such as mindfulness, happiness research, stress resilience resources) 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.

Stress Management & Being a Woman at UVA: This workshop addresses the unique qualities of a college environment and potential concerns for women in that environment. It discusses how to reduce anxiety and stress through self-acceptance, aligning behavior to values and prioritizing self-care.

  • Contact: Catherine Erickson (Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA) at (434) 297-8717 or ce6n@virginia.edu

Thrive (Peer Health Educators): 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.

University Career Center: UVA Students who come to the UVA Career Center get expert and supportive guidance for each stage of their journey - whether it's figuring out what you really want to do, choosing a major, working on a resume, finding an internship or prepping for a first interview. Career Peer Educators can build a tailored program for your chapters in helping your members reach career goals.  Search Handshake for upcoming programs, internships and jobs.

University Judiciary Committee (UJC): This program is designed and presented by representatives of the JUC with the intention of educating members about the basics of the University Judiciary Committee.  The program gives a brief overview of the history and structure of the UJC before discussing the specific Standards of Conduct which all students are held to and possible sanction which can result from the UJC process.

  • Contact: Shannon Cason (sc4cw) or Kevin Warshaw (kaw7cw)