Hazing is not an incident that takes place, but a culture that is created and allowed to continue. While we hear most often about the physical impacts of hazing, the psychological ones are hidden, and can be longer lasting. It is a controversial subject, often ignored by a community until something tragic happens. And it’s happening throughout campuses in fraternities and sororities, college bands, athletic teams and club sports, and other student organizations. Because hazing is not a one-size fits all issue, there isn’t a blanket solution. Being successful in this arena requires sustained effort over a long period of time, and the involvement of a number of different stakeholders. If you aren’t sure where to begin in assessing your hazing culture, bringing together stakeholders, or formulating a prevention plan, Tracy Maxwell can help.
Maxwell has been a faculty member and developed curriculum for a number of national conferences and institutes, and has presented to a variety of audiences across the country with her popular and impactful hazing keynote. Maxwell’s strength in hazing prevention is in looking at the big-picture and facilitating open and honest discussion about the problem. Talking openly about this hidden problem is the first and most important step to developing a plan to lessen its impact and curb incidence rates.
Her work in forming HazingPrevention.org helped start critical conversations on college campuses across the country, including the now widely celebrated National Hazing Prevention Week. Maxwell’s guidance on this tough topic helps students, professionals, volunteers, and other stakeholders find support and resources to tackle their hazing culture as a community.
Maxwell is a sought-after media expert on hazing, appearing on ESPN, CBS This Morning, The Katie Couric Show, and in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and ABC News online.
Areas of Expertise
Hazing definitions, laws and policies, and consequences can be confusing. There are multiple linear steps in creating a prevention plan, and Maxwell can walk you through each one in turn, providing resources and strategies for each stage of the process. Maxwell can help you identify the who, what, and why of the process so you can determine the how, when and where. Tracy Maxwell can help your campus in the following areas:
- Assessment of your hazing culture
- Program development
- Creating a prevention team
- Resource development
If you’re interested in learning more about how Tracy Maxwell can help your campus through a consultation, contact the CAMPUSPEAK team by calling 1 (844) 745-8570 or emailing [email protected].
Tracy Maxwell’s Bio
Tracy Maxwell is the founder and former Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to empower people to prevent hazing. She worked for CAMPUSPEAK for eight years in various roles, concluding as CEO, a position she held for two years. She is now represented by the agency as a speaker and consultant on hazing and leadership.
Maxwell served for four years as the Coordinator for Greek Life & Community Service at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She traveled as a Leadership Consultant for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, as well as the NIC and NPC from 1993-1995. She earned her bachelors degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and her masters in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
She has been recognized several times for her hazing prevention work, first with the Sue Kraft-Fussell Distinguished Service Award in 2007 from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and subsequently by three different organizations in 2013: the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values with the Wilford Butler Alumnae Award, Alpha Omicron Pi with the distinguished founder’s award named for Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, and the Denver Area Panhellenic as their Woman of the Year.