Understanding and Impacting Athletic Team Culture as it Relates to Hazing


    This workshop will explore hazing in general, including legal and university definitions. It will also explore how team culture impacts hazing through a peer leadership lens. Participants will leave with strategies to implement at the individual athlete, team and university level to reduce hazing in college athletics.

    Dr. Christopher Zacharda is a Research Scholar with the Piazza Center out of Penn State. His research areas include hazing in athletics and effective adjudication models for organizational misconduct, including hazing. He currently serves as the Director of Student Conduct at Tulane University in New Orleans. A Pennsylvania native, he started his journey as a D-1 swimmer at Bucknell University. He has also coached a club team at the University of Southern California (USC), where he received his doctorate in Educational Psychology. He brings 25+ years of experience in higher education administration. And he still swims whenever he can.