Prevention and Wellness
At our 2016 National Convention, Phi Kappa Tau recognized the need for a philosophical shift among fraternities regarding some tough topics.We realized it was not enough to just manage risk – we needed to prevent it.
philosophy on prevention and wellness
In developing men of character into MEN OF DISTINCTION our fraternal values must be at the center of everything we do. At the same time, we acknowledge our members face several challenges as it relates to the safety and well-being of our members, guests, and stakeholders. As a result, members of Phi Kappa Tau are individually and collectively responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment that fosters a positive experience rooted in prevention best practices. Therefore, our members need to be educated on the challenges facing our membership, demonstrate sound awareness of said challenges and as a result be empowered to make the right decisions to address them. We shall strive to create a culture at the national, regional, and local levels built on clear expectations, intervention strategies, and accountability.
Four Points of our Prevention Program are Expectations, Support, Intervention, and Accountability:
Expectations: Clearly defined expectations allow members to understand what it will mean to be a member in the chapter and what behavior is appropriate. Clear expectations can act as a guide for members on what to do and how to act in different settings if done appropriately
Support: Our chapters will need support from their campuses, BOG, and the Executive Offices to identify what needs to change within their chapters and to make those changes happen. This will allow our chapters to not feel overwhelmed when it comes to creating change and will allow us to also create an open environment where conversation is encouraged among these groups.
Intervention: We understand that none of our chapters or members are perfect and that mistakes will happen. Because of this fact, focusing on developing intervention skills will allow our members to step in before small mistakes become large ones and create a safer social environment for not only our members but guests as well.
Accountability: Our chapters must have clear accountability measures in place for members who do not meet expectations. This will allow chapters to help their members to develop and grow into men of distinction as they learn from their mistakes.
Goal 1: To have chapters identify their own areas of improvement based on chapter data and set goals around these areas to increase chapter buy in and see greater levels of change when it comes to unhealthy habits and behavior.
Goal 2: Focusing on the data point that our members expect themselves to intervene in risky situations and expect their chapter brothers to intervene as well, create educational resources for chapter Prevention and Wellness Chairs to be able to continue the education past what is done at national programs.
Goal 3: Understanding the importance of expectations and accountability, create resources to support chapters as they identify and create specific chapter expectations for membership and appropriate accountability measures.
Phi Kappa Tau is partnered with EverFi, Inc., a program designed to increase awareness around issues that affect the Greek community, such as hazing or alcohol abuse.
As of 2016, we require all new members to take courses on alcohol education, bystander behavior, hazing prevention, and sexual violence prevention. This is the outcome of those courses:
Over 70% of members believe GreekLifeEdu prepared them to be able to intervene when needed
Over 6,000 undergraduates have participated in this course since its implementation in 2016
Our members experienced a 33% knowledge gain as a result of participating in GreekLifeEdu
Phi Kappa Tau values our partnership with EverFi and looks forward to expanding these courses in the future.