INDIANAPOLIS, IN – June 7, 2016 – Delta Sigma Phi, together with Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Tau and Sigma Nu, has been recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference with a Laurel Wreath Award for the development of its Social Strengths Workshop.
“The Laurel Wreath is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world.” The collaborative Social Strengths Workshop was developed to educate Greek community members on sexual assault, relational violence, healthy relations and bystander intervention. Developed with the aid of Aaron Boe, founder of Prevention Culture, the Social Strengths Workshop launched in 2015 with members of Sigma Nu, with 95 percent of participants stating they felt more able to recognize warning signs that crop up during arguments, beyond physical violence.
“This is a particularly great moment for the Greek community, as it displays the power of working together and the impact we can have when we are fraternal with our efforts.” said Amber Huston, Chief Operations Officer for Delta Sigma Phi.
Delta Sigma Phi remains strongly devoted to the safety of its members and those in the college community. In 2015, Delta Sigma Phi also launched GreekLifeEdu, an online education and prevention program designed to challenge members’ beliefs about alcohol, hazing and sexual assault, while also empowering them to make health and safe decisions. It provides an experience that impacts both individual behavior and chapter culture, using objective, scientifically-based content.
Cameron Warner, Director of Risk Management and Housing for Delta Sigma Phi added “Our team is thrilled to be recognized for our prevention initiatives, and this recognition from the NIC validates the work we do. More importantly, the Laurel Wreath is a challenge for Delta Sigma Phi to do more to prevent sexual and interpersonal violence. We look forward to providing more resources and opportunities for our members to leverage as we become leaders in the sexual and interpersonal violence prevention movement.”
About Prevention Culture
Founded in 2014, Indianapolis-based Prevention Culture works with organizations and institutions to evolve their prevention efforts regarding sexual assault and abuse in relationships.
New programs launching in 2016 by Prevention Culture involve a comprehensive program for athletic departments and student-athletes, a customized program for the military, and mental health education programs for the Greek community and student-athletes.
Originally motivated by the experience of a survivor close to him, Prevention Culture founder Aaron Boe set out over a decade ago to understand what would actually work to influence behavior and prevent harm before it occurs. As a result, Prevention Culture applies social psychology to target the points of greatest leverage for behavior change. Visit Prevention Culture online at preventionculture.com. Aaron Boe can be reached at email@example.com.