Leaders learn to be partners in prevention at second annual Prevention Institute

Zeta Upsilon members Mikaela Berthiaume, Jill Aalto and Sarah Laleme learned about harm reduction, Honor Council procedures and more at the Prevention Institute session in Dulles, Virgina.

Risk Managers, Honor Council members, advisors, Vice Presidents of Operations and even a few Chapter Presidents in January had three opportunities to attend the second annual Prevention Institute in Chicago, Illinois, Dulles, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee. SAFE Team and Honor Council specialists facilitated curriculum covering topics ranging from women and hazing to motivational interviewing in Honor Council meetings to learning more about GreekLife Edu statistics.

The Prevention Institute, funded in part by the Tri Sigma Foundation, gave a wide range of members the opportunity to attend a National program and develop the skills and partnerships necessary to be successful chapter leaders.

Nadia Serna, Epsilon Iota’s Risk Manager, attended the Nashville location and praised how well the program prepared her for her new role.

“I really needed the training and I would have been completely lost this semester without going to PI,” Nadia said. “Now that I’ve seen what’s expected of me, it’s made me want to be more involved and take things more seriously, especially the topics we dealt with like hazing, transportation and events with alcohol.”

Mikaela Berthiaume, Zeta Upsilon’s Risk Manager, said she enjoyed connecting with other sisters and learning new ideas to take back to her chapter at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.

Natalie Vasquez, the Risk Manager for Epsilon Tau Chapter at St. Leo University in Florida, said her favorite part of the Prevention Institute was connecting with different sisters from across the country.

“I learned so many new things from them and their chapters, as they did ours,” Natalie said of the sisters she met. “This was a great experience that I wish I can do all over again!”