WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS) is set to launch its National Anti-Hazing Week. Slated to occur September 22 - 28, 2013, the campaign has grown in its second year from a day to a week of activities. During this week, all collegiate and alumni chapters are instructed to host an Anti-Hazing prevention workshop for their members. The expectation is collegiate Chapter Presidents and Chapter Advisors will facilitate the training. Chapter Presidents and the Intake Chairmen will facilitate the training for alumni chapters.
As PBS prepares to celebrate its 100 years anniversary, its leadership is determined to eradicate the plague of hazing which has affected the community service organization in recent years. Because hazing threatens the existence of the proud legacy that PBS founders envisioned 99 years ago at Howard University, PBS has instituted a comprehensive program to engage its brotherhood in non-hazing or pledging behaviors.
"Over the past year, Phi Beta Sigma has produced anti-hazing sensitivity training materials for our chapters and for other organizations that are committed to ending the culture of hazing," said Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. "In launching the Anti-Hazing Week, we are further demonstrating our commitment to end hazing throughout our organization," Mason added.
In 2012, the Anti-Hazing Campaign was introduced via a partnership with the National Action Network at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As part of the campaign, supporting documents were developed (along with a video), a town hall meeting was held on the subject, workshops were facilitated and chapters were encouraged to participate in the National Anti-Hazing Awareness Day held on September 6, 2012. These activities educated and empowered PBS Brotherhood to serve as agents of change in the battle against hazing.
"We recognize the challenges the start of the fall can bring as many chapters are resuming their activities for the first time in months. To assist our members in executing the Anti-Hazing Campaign within their chapters, we have placed all the resources that are needed on the Fraternity's website," intimated Michael Cristal, International First Vice President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Anti-Hazing Campaign Chairman. "We expect 100% participation from our chapters," Cristal remarked.
As PBS continues to be leaders in extinguishing the scourge that hazing brings upon individuals, communities and organizations, Anti-Hazing Chairman Cristal is encouraging PBS members, globally, to visit the organization's web site to obtain more information about the campaign. http://www.phibetasigma1914.org/anti-hazing/
"Within such a short time, we will be celebrating a monumental occasion within our fraternity's history, we must stay steadfast in the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service as college educated men," said Profit Idowu, International Second Vice President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. "In honor of the late past President Honorable Demetrius C. Newton, Sr., Esq. who said 'a man in his lifetime should be able to love his fellow man sincerely and act in honest motives purely,' we must enter Anti-Hazing Week, keeping these two points within your hearts to uphold our organization with the best in conduct. Let us not beat the life out of a legacy that has truly endured the test of time," Idowu added.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity established in 1914 on Howard University is a global organization with over 450 chapters and 150, 000 members. To learn more visit www.phibetasigma1914.org
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