FOA Programming Resource Guide

In an effort to expand our resources for educational programming, the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life has compiled a suggested list of available resources for you to contact. Many of the organizations do not have established programs, but are willing to come and speak to your chapters, sit on panels, lead discussions, or are willing to design a seminar to suit your needs. We encourage you to be creative and supplement this list with other sources to which you have access. As stated in the Fraternal Organization Agreement, you are required to complete one educational program a year for the members and potential members or new members of your chapter in categories of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Anti-Hazing, and Sexual Violence Prevention, an as well as three other topics of your choice.

Be sure to check out the many once-a-year educational opportunities that satisfy FOA requirements – Upcoming FOA Events

Sexual Violence

  • One In Four, “How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do.”   Contact: virginiaoneinfour@gmail.com. One in Four is an all-male identified sexual assault peer education group at U.Va. The organization presents a one-hour program, “How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do,” to a variety of other male groups across Grounds — sports teams, residence hall students, student organizations, fraternities. They also may present to coed audiences jointly with One Less.
  • One Less Contact: Ashley Brown, ab2gt@virginia.edu. One Less is an all-female sexual assault and relationship violence education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. One Less offers a one-hour program that helps raise awareness about sexual violence and focuses on ways peers can help and support survivors.
  • Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)/Rape Crisis Center: Contact: 434-295-7273. www.sexualassaultresources.org/ The goal of SARA’s Education and Training Program is two-fold: to reduce the vulnerability of men, women and children to sexual assault and sexual abuse; and to create a climate in which sexual assault and sexual abuse is no longer be tolerated.
  • Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC): Contact: Claire Kaplan, Director, cnk2r@virginia.edu, or visit http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/gender-violence-and-social-change/. The Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC) Program educates students, staff, and faculty at the University of Virginia about gender violence and its impact on our community. They provide support to survivors of these crimes, work to strengthen the University’s responses and policies so that all victims are treated fairly and appropriately, empower women to resist abuse, and empower men to embrace their role as allies in this work, in order to reduce the incidence of these violent crimes. GVSC also coordinates and hosts public events and education for the University community throughout the year.
  • Shelter for Help In Emergency (SHE): Contact: 434-963-4676 to schedule a presentation; or visit www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org/“Our mission is to end domestic violence in our community.  With that goal in mind, Shelter staff provide free educational programs to civic organizations, schools, workplaces, allied professionals, the faith community and any other community group that may request a training.”
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance: Contact: 434-979-9002 – 1415 Sachem Place, Suite 1, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901; www.vsdvalliance.org/
  • National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence: Contact: Debby Tucker, 512-407-9020, dtucker@ncdvs.org ; www.ncdsv.org. NCDSV designs, provides and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence. Our website provides a wealth of information for professionals and volunteers. Particular attention is paid to the issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence in the military community. Links are provided to state, local, national and international groups providing services, changing policy and practice and promoting the end of violence.
  • Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER Campus): Contact: 347-465-7233 – 32 Broadway, Suite 1101 New York, NY 10004; www.safercampus.org

Alcohol and Drugs

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT): ADAPT is dedicated to addressing the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse in the University of Virginia community. As peer educators, we promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as accessible resources for our fellow students. Our primary purpose is to minimize the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in an effort to promote a healthier environment at our University.
    To schedule an educational program with ADAPT members you must submit complete and submit the program request form . You may also email ADAPT at adapt-uva@virginia.edu.
  • Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Contact: 434-924-5276 gordiecenter@virginia.edu. As a unit of Student Health, The Gordie Center works with students to promote peer intervention and challenge attitudes that accept hazardous drinking and hazing behaviors in order to promote healthy campus environments in which hazing and alcohol poisoning do not occur.
  • Peer Health Educators’ (http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/outreach.html#Buzzed) “Buzzed”: This alcohol and drugs outreach program gives students information that will help them to avoid high-risk behaviors and clear up any previously held myths about these substances. General information, such as University policies and alcohol facts, are reviewed through a variety of interactive games. The outreach also covers strategies for helping a friend who may have a drug problem and how to care for someone who is under the influence.
  • University Police Department Contact: Ben Rexrode, br7u@eservices.virginia.edu , 434-531-5600. Officer Rexrode has educational programming, focusing on education and awareness, regarding illegal date rape drugs. This program can be tailored specifically to fraternity and sorority audiences.
  • Region Ten Community Services Contact: 434-972-1800 – 800 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903; Region Ten Community Services Board is an agency of local government, providing mental health and substance addiction services where they are needed in the local community.

Hazing

  • Inter/National Organizations: The headquarters of many fraternities and sororities offer programs that address hazing. Also, as educational and leadership consultants visit your chapter, you are encouraged to request a program on this topic.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life: Contact the staff in ODOS/FSL to discuss various programmatic opportunities. Phone: 434-924-7430.
  • Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Contact: 434-924-5276 gordiecenter@virginia.edu. As a unit of Student Health, The Gordie Center works with students to promote peer intervention and challenge attitudes that accept hazardous drinking and hazing behaviors in order to promote healthy campus environments in which hazing and alcohol poisoning do not occur.
  • University Police Department: Contact: Ben Rexrode, br7u@eservices.virginia.edu, 434-531-5600. Officer Rexrode can present educational programming, focusing on education, awareness and prevention, regarding hazing specifically in fraternities and sororities.

Bystander Intervention

  • If you would like to receive a presentation on bystander intervention, please contact sexualviolence@virginia.edu. This presentation can be adapted to fulfill the sexual violence prevention FOA requirement.

Disability / Confidential Resources

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Contact: 434-924-3200; Equal Opportunity Officer for ADA Compliance, University of Virginia. For information regarding services and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. http://www.virginia.edu/accessibility/
  • University Ombudsman Contact: 434-924-7819; The Ombudsman is a confidential resource available to assist students with unresolved problems or complaints. The Ombudsman assists in identifying University resources or departments that address specific problems or concerns; explains University policies or procedures; and aids in resolving problems or complaints through inquiries or other informal means. The goal of the Ombudsman is to see that all members of the University are treated fairly. http://www.virginia.edu/ombudsman/

Gender

  • Women’s Center Contact: 434-982-2361 – The University of Virginia Women’s Center serves University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, highlighting leadership development, research, scholarship, art, counseling, and public service by and for women. http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • African-American Studies Department: 434-924-3109 – The Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia, P. O. Box 400162, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4162; woodson@virginia.edu
  • Office of African-American Affairs Contact: 434-924-7923 – Luther P. Jackson House. Contact: Dion W. Lewis; dwl2b@virginia.edu

 

Religious/Spiritual

  • United Ministry at the University of Virginia: Contact: Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education, P. O. Box 800672, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908; 434-924-2642.United Ministry is comprised of religiously based organizations and their leaders who provide service to the University of Virginia. The members of United Ministry are committed to the promotion of religious development within the University community through the interaction of religion and intellectual life.

Sexual Orientation

  • LGBTQ Student Services/LGBTQ Center Contact: 434-924-7447 – Newcomb Hall, Room 164A; The LGBTQ Center works both to raise awareness and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and to provide information, referral, support, and programming to the University community. http://www.virginia.edu/deanofstudents/lgbtq/

The Honor System

  • Honor Committee Contact: 434-924-7602; http://www.virginia.edu/honor/contact/. This program is designed and presented by representatives of the Honor Committee, with the intention of educating members about the basics of the Honor System, the changes recently made to the Honor System, and how the Honor Code may affect a fraternity or sorority member’s daily life. Topics of this FOA will range from discussing pragmatically how Honor reports, investigations, and trials work to the philosophical underpinnings of the Honor Code. The program will also involve a question and answering portion, in the hopes that the Honor representatives can resolve any questions that members may have.

Other Diversity Opportunities

  • Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (S.E.E.D.) Contact: seedrequest@gmail.com. Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (SEED) is a group of specially selected and trained students who are dedicated to raising awareness and social justice issues at the University through education and interactive dialogue.

Event Planning and Fundraising

  • Kenna Boyd: Associate Director of Donor Relations, Office of University Development.  Contact: 924-7593, kennaboyd@virginia.edu.Ms. Boyd works with the Office of the President and many other academic and administrative departments at U.Va. to plan events locally, across the country and internationally.
  • Kim Dixon Ferguson: Director of Conference Services.  Contact her to set up a seminar or lecture on successful event or meeting  planning:  924 0811, kferguson@virginia.edu. Ms. Ferguson works with departments and individuals to plan and execute camps, meeting, events, and conferences at the University of Virginia.

Liability

  • Inter/National Organizations: The headquarters of many fraternities and sororities offer programs that address hazing. Also, as educational and leadership consultants visit your chapter, chapters are encouraged to request a program on this topic.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life: Contact the staff in ODOS/FSL to discuss various programmatic opportunities. Phone: 434-924-7430.
  • Student Legal Services: Contact: Lester Wilson III, Director Attorney at Law, Newcomb Hall, 4th Floor, Room 460, P. O. Box 400810, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904; 434-924-7524
  • University Police Department: Contact: Melissa Fielding, 924-8845. Presentation on social media and freedom of speech vs. stalking. Material and discussion on incorporated chapters and associated corporate law. Programs relating to member roles/responsibilities during social events, and potential liability incurred by all members or the chapter.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Fire Prevention and Emergency Plans Training Contact: 434-982-4911; Gerald Drumheller gdd7h@virginia.edu
  • Red Cross Training, CPR, and First Aid Contact: 434-924-3791; University of Virginia Intramural-Recreational Sports Business Office, 450 Whitehead Road, P. O. Box 400317, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
  • University of Virginia Environmental Health & Safety Contact: 434-982-4911; http://ehs.virginia.edu/ehs/; Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is a resource that is available to every member of the University community to help make the living, working, and learning environment safe, by promoting prudent work practices through effective education and consultation.  EHS assists individuals, departments, and committees, to achieve compliance with University, local, state and federal policies and regulations, as efficiently as possible.
  • University Police Department: 434-924-7166

Personal Safety & Self Defense

  • Red Cross Training, CPR, and First Aid: Contact: University of Virginia Intramural-Recreational Sports Business Office, 450 Whitehead Road, P. O. Box 400317, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904; 434-924-3791

Sexual Health and Wellness

  • AIDS/HIV Service Group Contact: 434-979-7714; http://www.thriveva.org/ , 315 10th St NE, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
  • Peer Health Educators’ (http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/outreach.html#Sexfest) “SexFest”: The sexual health outreach provides students with information that will enable them to make safer choices about their sexual practices and address any misconceptions about sexual health. Birth control methods, sexually transmitted infections, and healthy relationships are reviewed.
  • Planned Parenthood: Contact: 434-971-7459; Charlottesville Center, Dr. Herbert C. Jones, Jr. Reproductive Health and Education Center, 2964 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901; http://www.ppblueridge.org

Personal Health and Nutrition

  • Albemarle Health Department Contact: 434-972-6217; 1138 Rose Hill Drive, P. O. Box 7546, Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
  • American Cancer Society Contact: 434-978-7423; Charlottesville Office, 3042-D Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
  • Eating Disorders Education / Body Positive Programming: Contact: 434-243-2463, http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/body-positive-eating-disorders/. The mission of the Women’s Center Eating Disorders Education Initiative (EDEI) is to work with our partners to provide outreach services and resources about disordered eating, body image, and exercise concerns to the University community in order to create awareness about these issues, support those affected, and reduce prevalence. The program educates students about methods to create a body positive community on grounds and encourages developing a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and body image.
  • Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders (H.O.P.E.) Contact: https://atuva.student.virginia.edu/organization/hoosopentopreventingeatingdisorders/; H.O.P.E. presents educational programming to student groups on Grounds about eating, exercise and body image disorders. Our most popular programs are “How to Help a Friend” and “The Freshman 15″, both of which explore the signs, symptoms and underlying causes of these issues, and provide ideas and advice for individuals hoping to support help friends struggling with eating and exercise disorders.
  • Apples to Apples- Nutrition Outreach Program: contact either Melanie Brede the Nutrition Educator with the Elson Student Health Center at 434-924-1509 or mb6ps@Virginia.edu, or Hillary Barry with the Office of Health Promotion at 434-924-1534 or hbd3f@virginia.edu
  • Male Educators on Disordered Eating: “How to Help a Friend”: Male Educators on Disordered Eating seeks to inform members within the Greek Community about the signs and causes of common eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia and provide useful bystander awareness strategies to help those at risk. Male Educators on Disordered Eating are seeking to present to any organizations on grounds. Presentations are effective, interactive, and brief. https://atuva.student.virginia.edu/organization/medeuva/
  • Peer Health Educators:
    • “Nutrition”: The nutrition outreach focuses on healthy eating by offering students the tools they need to achieve a balanced nutritional lifestyle, in spite of the difficulties of the dining hall or cooking one’s own food. Commonly held nutrition myths are dispelled, the USDA’s new food pyramid is described, and a nutrition label is explained. Body image and eating disorder issues are not a focus of the outreach, but other services on grounds are mentioned as resources. For those organizations willing to provide the necessary materials, a food demonstration is available; the educators provide a recipe (choose from a spinach salad, trail mix, or no-bake snack mix) and give a description of the nutrients each snack provides, making it as they go along. http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/outreach.html#Apples
    • “Trouble in the Bubble”: The stress management outreach begins with an emphasis on the existence of good and bad stress, as well as reviewing how students react to stress and ideas for how students can cope with it. Two ways are specifically taught in how to relieve stress, either through massage techniques or a deep breathing exercise. The outreach also touches on some illnesses related to stress: depression, anxiety disorders, and panic attacks. Most students can recognize stress in their environment, so the outreach plans to encourage positive ways to manage stress and alert them to resources (such as CAPS, the Counseling and Psychological Services run out of Student Health) at their disposal. Finally, the outreach covers sleep habits; reviewing several facts and myths surrounding healthy sleep and going over how to achieve a better night’s sleep. http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/peer/outreach.html#Trouble
  • “Stress Management” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter. This program is a roughly one to one and a half hour program designed to help participants better understand the causes and symptoms of stress and gives them a step-by-step guide to help them create a customized strategy to address the stressors in their lives in a constructive way. Contact: Shannon Kontalonis, 434 924 7430, Skontalonis@virginia.edu
  • “Time Management” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter. This program is aimed at improving students’ understanding of their own time management skills, as well as giving them strategies, tools, and ideas for improving their time management skills.  Through a number of personal diagnostic tools, guided small- and large- group discussion, and personal reflection, students should come away from this program having thought critically about how they can improve their time management skills.  Contact: Shannon Kontalonis, 434 924 7430, Skontalonis@virginia.edu
  • “Nutrition” is a “Program in a Binder” created for you to present to your own chapter.The goal of this program is to facilitate discussion of how good nutrition decisions can be incorporated into your life as a student at UVA. With so many commitments to academics, extracurricular activities, and friends, finding the time (or energy) to plan healthy meals seems a bit unrealistic for many college students. This program will give you some ideas on how you can fit better nutrition decisions into your busy life. Contact: Shannon Kontalonis, 434 924 7430, Skontalonis@virginia.edu

Other Opportunities

  • Learning about the Miller Center: Are you interested in politics, history, and current events? Then, the Miller Center is a place that you need to know.  It is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.  We have regular, public events featuring speakers that include high-ranking public officials, scholars from leading research institutions, and journalists covering national and international events. Visit us online to hear recorded presidential conversations or learn about how Cabinet members describe their experiences in the administrations that they served. The Miller Center strongly encourages students to become more involved and informed about the tools that the Center has to offer to enrich their  UVa experience. Come to our events (http://millercenter.org/events/upcoming), browse our archives, or visit our facilities to learn about all of the work underway here! For more information about bringing this program to your chapter, visit http://millercenter.org/.
  • University Career Services offers a vast array of career search, resume, and professionalism development resources. Search their web site (www.career.virginia.edu/students/) for specific programs that you may be able to bring to your chapters. Additionally, you can utilize Career Peer Educators to help you navigate Career Services resources of build a program specifically for your needs (www.career.virginia.edu/students/peereducator).

Please note: Educational programs to complete FOA requirements must be a minimum of one hour in duration (at least one hour for the presentation with 15 minutes of interactive discussion or interactivity). It is the chapter’s responsibility to coordinate with presenters in advance of programs to ensure that they meet this time expectation. Please give presenters the courtesy of two weeks notice prior to the date of your programs. Good Luck and Enjoy!

If you are a community member who may be interested in presenting a program for the fraternity & sorority community at U.Va., please contact Hal Turner in the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life at eht4n@virginia.edu.