Critical Conversations

The Critical Conversations Series, formally known as the NGLA Institute, is five concurrent programs on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. This series encourages students to engage in critical conversations surrounding current issues impacting fraternity and sorority life around the country.

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Be The Man: A Movement for Healthy Masculinity, presented by Casey Cornelius

America is worried about young men. Colleges are troubled by success rates, incidents of violence, and the perception of uncaring, anti-intellectual men. They often describe this as ‘toxic masculinity.’ This program addresses the relationships men face with society, women, family, other men and, most-importantly, themselves. Through the investigation of the assumptions about college men, and how they are developed and acted out each day, Casey challenges men to create a new standard. Man Enough is the beginning of a discussion; a discussion brothers across the nation must be having.

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The Perks of Being a Selfish Leader, presented by Kimberly Locke

Sometimes, taking care of yourself as a student leader can be confused with being a "selfish" leader. Failing to recognize the difference is one of the most significant threats to our growth, prosperity, and mental and emotional wellbeing. Leadership conferences often teach you how to take care of others, but taking care of yourself is a key element of productivity and being able to care for your organization. In this session, we will talk about steps you can take to achieve better balance as a council or chapter leader. Making your mental health your first priority is indeed one of the very best things you can do for the success of your community and your organization. We'll talk about how to move that direction.

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Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Conversation on Sexual Assault, presented by Tim Mousseau

With a letter, Tim was faced with the evidence of an experience he had no memory of - he was a survivor of sexual assault. After years of struggling, Tim realized this was his story to tell and sharing it empowered others.

Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the difficult topic of sexual assault drawing from his experiences and countless interactions with others through his advocacy work. Tim helps students understand how to facilitate healthy conversations around sex, resources to assist in the survivor recovery process, and how the power of personal and community stories can be utilized in prevention. Students will leave feeling prepared to create a culture of compassion while facing an issue prevalent across the country.

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Brotherhood/Sisterhood and Safety: Prevention Planning, presented by Lorin Phillips

If your risk reduction efforts feel like the D.A.R.E program “just say no” or your community/chapter prevention education is basically “do X and you’ll be closed,” then this program is for you. While we need to be clear on expectations and behaviors not tolerated, we also need to spent time discussing what is RIGHT, evaluating the problem, and developing on-going proactive prevention plans. Come learn how you can build an effective harm reduction program around sisterhood/brotherhood and safety for your community or chapter!

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Empowered Women: Exploring the Shine Theory, presented by Sydney Vandeveer and Jamie Koehler

Being surrounded by powerful women can be intimidating. However, creating a network or team of successful women doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It will motivate you and make you more successful in the long run. This program disputes the idea that women must compete with each other to be successful, the mindset “if you don’t shine, I won’t shine.” Focusing on the concept of the Shine Theory, you will learn how to successfully work with and support other women in different areas of your life.