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FOA Programming Resource Guide

The following is a list of available resources for Fraternal Organizations. The 2018-2019 Fraternal Organization Agreement requires that all fraternities and sororities complete a total of six educational programs during the academic year (three each semester); three of which must be on the topics of alcohol and other drug education, sexual violence prevention education, and hazing prevention education.
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 advisor within the Fraternity & Sorority Life Team at least three weeks in advance.

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

ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG EDUCATION

ADAPT Peer Educators: Trained to educate their peers to reduce the negative outcomes associated with alcohol or other drug use. As peer educators, the team promotes awareness, provides educational outreach, and serves as accessible resources for UVA students.

“Buzzed”Peer Health Educators: When it comes to alcohol, find out how to minimize risk and celebrate safely. We'll break down some common misconceptions about alcohol on Grounds in this outreach.

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 HAZE documentary weaves together Gordie's story with interviews on  hazing and alcohol misuse and is followed by a group discussion

  • Contact the Gordie Center at gordiecenter@virginia.edu and include potential presentation dates and times as well as audience size. 

Student Legal Services: Student Legal Services is able to provide a legal perspective on risk management and liability where alcohol is involved. NOTE: Due to the unconfidential nature of email and the tendency of students to disclose personal information, Mr. Wilson’s email is not available.

  • Contact: Lester Wilson III, 434-924-7524. Programs may be scheduled between 4 - 7 PM Monday - Friday.

University Police Department 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.

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)

HAZING PREVENTION EDUCATION

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 HAZE documentary weaves together Gordie's story with interviews on  hazing and alcohol misuse and is followed by a group discussion

  • Contact the Gordie Center at gordiecenter@virginia.edu and include potential presentation dates and times as well as audience size. 

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.

Student Legal Services: Student Legal Services is able to provide a perspective on the possible legal consequences of hazing-related court cases. NOTE: Due to the unconfidential nature of email and the tendency of students to disclose personal information, Mr. Wilson’s email is not available.

  • Contact: Lester Wilson III, 434-924-7524. Programs may be scheduled between 4 - 7 PM Monday - Friday.

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.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Green Dot:  Green Dot is a volunteer-based organization that provides a 1-hour Overview Talk on recognizing signs of power-based personal violence and talking through realistic ways students can safely intervene.  This workshop is unique from the Green Dot Orientation program because it includes space for group participation through dialogue and activities.

How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: One in Four is an all-male identified sexual assault peer education group at UVA. One in Four primarily presents on the topics of consent, bystander intervention, and survivor support to any group that will listen. In the past, this has included Greek organizations, residence halls, sports teams, high schools, and more.

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

Survivor Support Network Training: The SSN is a network of faculty, staff and students who have basic knowledge about trauma, gender-based violence, and effective ways to support friends and colleagues who are going through a tough time after an assault or who are stuck in an abusive relationship. This workshop is premised on the idea that while women-identified people are the primary targets of this violence, male-identified and gender non-binary individuals also experience this kind of trauma. This knowledge will be useful beyond the boundaries of the University.

  • Contact: The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) Program at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center (“The Max”), Claire Kaplan (cnk2r@virginia.edu)

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 advisor regarding this opportunity

What is Rape Culture?: What are the social and cultural structures that promote sexual and intimate partner violence? Is it possible to change this? What can we do about it as individuals and as a group?

  • Contact: The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) Program at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center (“The Max”), Claire Kaplan (cnk2r@virginia.edu)

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

UVA Police Department Self Defense 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.

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 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.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

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.

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: Coming Soon

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. 

 

OTHER

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.

Madison House - Passions Beyond Grounds: 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.

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)

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)

PERSONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Apples to Apples (Peer Health Educators): How do busy students make time for nutrition? We've got you covered with tips and tricks to manage a balanced diet in college.

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.

Culture of Scarcity & How to Have Healthy Relationships: This workshop addresses cultural messages of perfection, comparison and shame (I am not enough) and how to interact with ourselves and others in an authentic, vulnerable and healthy way. The presentation talks about the disengagement of a comparison/never enough culture and strategies to help us own who we are, both intra and interpersonally.

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

Cultivating Healthy Relationships 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 role play and dialogue ways to enCatherhance 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(lh2tm@virginia.edu ) and visit our website for more information on the CSC.

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.

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.

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!

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

Trauma and Self-Care. This workshop includes information about the elevated risk for women of experiencing a traumatic event in college, how trauma impacts a student, protective measures students can take and how to help a friend after experiencing a traumatic event. It also talks about strategies for self-care but the first two workshops above are more focused on self-care and healthy interactions with others.

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

Trouble in the Bubble (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.