By: Gaoli “Chamomile” Moua, Staff Writer
Hazing is not an effective method of new member initiation and does not align with organizational goals, said a former National Affiliate Member Coordinator for Delta Phi Lambda.
Maria “Hypnotiq” Iglesia, the Program Coordinator at UC Berkeley and a key revisionist of the current Affiliate Member Manual, said, “Organizations haze because they view pledging as a process of earning letters. Viewing our affiliate member education program in this way is not effective.
“We cannot teach our virtues/purpose by hazing. Calisthenics and psychological mind games are not aligned with the values of friendship, scholarship, service, and leadership…pillars of most organizations. If we say we are about being empowering women leaders, then that starts at our affiliate member education.”
Now that the rush period has come and gone and bid letters have been delivered and accepted, the realities of hazing have become more attainable during the pledge, or new member education, process.
Elizabeth “Karma” Thai, DFL’s current National Affiliate Member Coordinator, “Before the start of the entire Affiliate Member Education process, chapters should discuss the importance of non-hazing and why our organization has established a firm position against hazing. By understanding the reasons why we do not haze, we allow our members to act responsibly during the Affiliate Member Education process and subsequently, prevent problems from occurring.”
Delta Phi Lambda has experienced its share of hazing allegations and has since implemented its own anti-hazy policy. Through educational programs, DFL sisters have put the anti-hazing policy into motion with no current or pending allegations against its chapters.
Mission Director Sarah “Brevity” Wongmanee oversees the programs of DFL chapters on a national scale and said, “Each chapter already works so earnestly on their own that I encourage chapters to share their events, ideas, and success stories so that we can… recognize chapters for their accomplishments [and] spread… great ideas to all chapters, similar to a sharing of best practices that many forward thinking companies do.”
Members who value his or her organization’s reputation should be weary of hazing.
Iglesia said when organizations are accused of hazing, “it becomes hard [for the school administration] to trust the members.”
Rebuilding that trust requires cooperation between organization members and school “advisors to revamp the new member education program,” said Iglesia.
Hazing can take on many forms. HazingPrevention.org, a national organization dedicated to prevent hazing in universities and colleges defined hazing as “Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of an group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.”