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Helen Lahrman and Dylan Howser join NIC Campus Support Team

Indianapolis, July 10, 2017—Two skilled interfraternal professionals will soon add their knowledge for fraternity excellence and operations to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Campus Support team. Helen Lahrman, Vice President of Campus Operations, Midwest Beginning August 1, Helen Lahrman will serve as Vice President of Campus Operations for the Midwest, where she will focus on undergraduate development, alumni engagement and council effectiveness in partnership with campuses in the region. She will work from her home in Dallas, Texas, where she will be accessible to the campuses she serves. Lahrman comes to the NIC from The University of Iowa, where...

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NIC Backs Anti-Hazing Legislation

INDIANAPOLIS—The North-American Interfraternity Conference strongly supports the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act of 2017, bipartisan anti-hazing legislation introduced by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). The REACH Act would add hazing as misconduct/crime reported under the Clery Act, requiring colleges and universities to disclose hazing incidents in their Annual Security Report. It would also require any college or university that accepts federal funding to provide hazing prevention education and resources to students. “Research shows hazing prevention is best accomplished through comprehensive measures, including proactive education, transparency, and accountability around standards,” said...

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Dominic Greene Joins NIC Campus Support Team as VP for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Indianapolis, April 19, 2017—Known throughout the higher education community for his commitment to interfraternalism and leadership development, Dominic Greene will soon bring his experience to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) as Vice President of Campus Operations for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Joining staff July 1, Greene will deliver campus support to college fraternity communities and contribute to NIC educational and advocacy initiatives. This position’s focus on undergraduate development, alumni engagement and council effectiveness will lend to the NIC’s overarching Vision for Fraternity Communities. Greene will join fellow VPs Will Foran, Rick Barnes and Blaine Ayers, further growing the...

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NIC Condemns Harvard Policy Shift

CONTACT: Heather Kirk, Chief Communication Officer Statement from NIC President & CEO, Judson Horras INDIANAPOLIS, March 29, 2017—While fraternities focus on improving campus culture and strengthening higher education partnerships, Harvard’s decision to allow only women’s groups to continue operating as single-gender organizations affirms why we must also aggressively defend students’ rights. Harvard’s original policy trampled students’ association rights, and it now also serves as a blatant form of gender discrimination, which must be vigorously challenged. We strongly urge Harvard to reconsider their decision and accept our repeated offers to collaborate on solutions that create greater inclusivity, improve campus culture...

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LETTER FROM NIC PRESIDENT ON BLANKET, COMMUNITY-WIDE ACTIONS

Good afternoon, A lot of you, our campus partners, have asked for “the NIC’s position on system-wide actions” since several communities have recently resorted to various forms of blanket actions. First and foremost–we agree student safety must be our top priority. We also agree we need to hold students accountable for not meeting our shared expectations. As we talk about advancing communities, I think it’s important for everyone to understand the fundamental assumptions that guided the development of the NIC’s Vision for Fraternity Communities: There is no silver bullet: If there was one solution to fix negative aspects of campus cultures, it would have been done by now. Complex problems require multiple strategies working in coordination over a sustained period to foster dramatic change. Collaboration fosters commitment: A top-down strategy of issuing a bunch of new policies without buy-in isn’t going to move the needle. Engaging stakeholders in solutions that impact their lives fosters the commitment required for authentic change. Global strategy, local tactics: Each campus requires customized solutions that align with the industry’s direction and its unique environment. One block at a time: Campus cultural change will not happen overnight. Each campus needs an intentional, phased approach that moves its local culture in a positive direction.   So, here is why the NIC opposes blanket community actions: It disincentivizes following the rules and taking care of each other, since responsible students are...

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