in collaboration with the Piazza Center


June 12-13, 2023

NCAA Hall of Champions & Conference Center Indianapolis, Indiana

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2023
Registration is closed. If you have questions, contact Todd Shelton.

NOTE: The Symposium & Institute have different audiences and different registration.

Who should attend: new professionals/advisors, graduate students & student leaders across all student activities & organizations including fraternity & sorority life, athletics, recreation/club sports, performing arts, etc.

Institute Location

NCAA Hall of Champions & Conference Center
700 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

If you are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, the NCAA Conference Center entrance is a short walk across West Washington Street and down the Central White River Trail across the pedestrian bridge.

Institute Format

This institute style program will employ the Piazza Center Horizontal Hazing Model to identify the motivators and detractors for individual, organizational, and community participation in hazing. The program will scaffold learning through large group sessions and small group working sessions where participants apply research-informed concepts to the real-world environment. Participants will depart the institute with a working plan for implementing hazing intervention on their campus or in their organization.


As a result of participating in the Hazing Prevention Institute:

  • Participants will describe individual, organizational, and community level hazing motivators and barriers to hazing reduction.
  • Participants will describe three ways the Piazza Horizontal Hazing Model can be applied to their campus/organization.
  • Participants will apply the four components of situational strength to their campus/organization and will identify four strategies to disrupt situational strength.
  • Participants will identify four change management strategies they can employ in their hazing reduction efforts.
  • Participants will create a plan for enacting a comprehensive hazing elimination program. Three months post-institute, participants will report having taken steps outlined on their plan.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, June 12
6:30 PMWelcome and Introductions, Institute Logistics
7:00 PMLove, Mom & Dad | Parent Presentation + Q&A
8:30 PMBreak
8:45 PMWhy are you here? What do you hope to gain?
9:30 PMOur Time is Now
Tuesday, June 13
8:00 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMWhat we know about and why hazing happens: What the research says
9:30 AMWhat are the barriers that prevent us from eliminating hazing?
10:30 AMWhat do we know about prevention best practices?
11:15 AMDisrupting Hazing: The 4 Cs of Situational Strength
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMStrategies for enacting change: Creating a plan that works
1:45 PMHow to know if your plan is working
2:15 PMWorking your plan
3:00 PMShare your plan with experts/like institutions to get feedback
4:00 PMSharing of plans
4:30 PMEvaluation, Wrap Up
5:00 PMDeparture


If you have questions about the Hazing Prevention Institute, contact Todd Shelton, Executive Director.


Our room block at the Courtyard Marriott (601 W Washington St.) which is across the street from the NCAA is full.

Below are additional hotels in the immediate area:

More hotels in downtown Indianapolis:

Lead Facilitator

Dr. Emily Perlow is the Associate Dean of Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Lecturer in the Counselor Education and Family Therapy Program at Central Connecticut State University, and is a Research Affiliate in the Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has a PhD in Educational Policy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Her research in the area of hazing focuses on the role hazing plays in the construction and performance of gender identity enacted through adult play behaviors.  She most recently co-authored a monograph on hazing prevention and intervention research at the high school and college level. In addition to serving as the co-chair emeritus of the NASPA fraternity/sorority knowledge community, she volunteered for many years with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and Alpha Gamma Delta. Her research interests include hazing, masculinity, deviance among college populations, and marginalized populations in STEM.