Allan to lead hazing prevention webinar Dec. 17

Elizabeth Allan, a University of Maine professor of higher education, will lead a webinar on “Preventing Hazing on Campus” on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Lauri Sidelko, director of the UMaine Student Wellness Resource Center, and UMaine alumna Diana Haney also will take part. The fourth participant will be Rasheed Ali Cromwell, president of the Harbor Institute, an education consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

The online discussion is the first in a series that Allan is doing with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will introduce Thursday’s talk.

Participants in the webinar will be able to:

  • Define hazing,
  • Identify three key components of hazing,
  • Consider how hazing falls within a spectrum of interpersonal violence,
  • Describe salient research findings about the nature and extent of hazing and the underlying motivations for hazing,
  • Articulate challenges and opportunities related to hazing prevention,
  • Depict examples of current hazing prevention initiatives, and
  • Describe how educators and community members can play a role in hazing prevention.

Allan leads research efforts of the Hazing Prevention Consortium — eight universities that have partnered on comprehensive hazing prevention programs. She was principal investigator of the 2008 National Study of Student Hazing.

More information about the webinar, including how to register is online.