Brother Martin Currie, International Director of Risk Manager
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., is soliciting serious Men of Sigma who desire to work to, not only ensure the organization’s continued existence in the face of an opportunistic legal climate, but also help to develop growth opportunities in managing our risk. The alarming current mindset of some of today’s youth participating in social events, pose an increased threat to the organization’s risk management. We are seeking for Brothers willing to serve as Investigative Resource Officers for incidents involving MIP, Party and other 3rd party incidents including Sigma Beta incidents.
Interested Brothers must possess several of the following criteria:
1. Financial for a minimum of the last three years.
2. Attended a regional conference and conclave within the last four years.
3. Certified in the current Membership Intake Process; OR BE WILLING TO BECOME CERTIFIED.
4. Effective past experience in investigating a hazing allegation; OR BE WILLING TO BE TRAINED IN MIP/HAZING NUISANCES.
1. Prior law enforcement or legal background.
2. Prior background in criminal or legal investigative skills
3. Prior background in criminal or legal investigative report writing.
4. Be able to effectively work with law enforcement and or university personnel and regional director.
Investigative Resource Officers will need to be able to respond within 24-48 hours to any serious or potentially serious incident.
Anyone wishing to apply for these positions must submit a resume for both Sigma and professional credentials.
To be considered to be a regional resource officer, please submit the following information to Brother Martin Currie no later than November 21, 2013 via the form below.
As Sigma approaches one hundred years, we stand proud in the footprints of the legacy our founders envisioned 99 years ago at Howard University. While we prepare to celebrate our Centennial, a threat known as hazing, a disease that, if not addressed, could plague our beloved Fraternity and threatens its existence.
In 2012, we launched an Anti-Hazing Campaign designed to eradicate hazing and protect Sigma’s heritage. Our goal was to develop initiatives that focus on educating and empowering our Brotherhood to serve as agents of change in the battle against hazing. Our campaign was introduced via a partnership with the National Action Network at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As part of the campaign, we developed supporting documents (along with a video), held a town hall meeting on the subject, facilitated workshops and encouraged chapters to participate in the National Anti-Hazing Awareness Day held on September 6, 2012.
Beginning this fall, we are introducing our National Anti-Hazing Week (September 22-28, 2013). During this week, all collegiate and alumni chapters are to host an Anti-Hazing prevention workshop for its members. The expectation is that the collegiate Chapter President and the Chapter Advisor will facilitate the training. For our alumni chapters, we want the Chapter President and the Intake Chairman to facilitate the training.
We recognize the challenges the start of the fall can bring as many chapters are resuming their activities for the first time in months. To assist in executing the Anti-Hazing Campaign within your chapter at ease, we have placed all resources that are needed on the Fraternity’s website…here is a description of the materials that are available:
- An Anti-Hazing Video that the chapters should watch at the beginning of the workshop
- A PowerPoint presentation already put together
- A facilitator guide that walks brothers through the presentation and gives insight on how to deliver the content of the presentation
- A participant’s workbook, designed to provide notes and to expand on the content of the presentation
- A test that brothers must complete after going through the training
- An Anti-Hazing pledge that must be completed at the end of the workshop. The chapter should send a signed copy by each chapter member that attended the workshop to Bro. Aaron Lewis at our International Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org). All pledge forms should be at the headquarters by 10/11/13.
- All seven Regional Directors HAVE MANDATED, that in order to have your MIP request approved, your chapter must conduct an Anti-Hazing Workshop during 9/22-9/28/13. If you have any question on this mandate, please contact your Regional Director.
Tips to assist in making the coordination “easy to execute”:
- Collegiate and Alumni chapters may work together on a joint training
- Collegiate chapters may ask for assistance from their school’s Greek Life advisor to help facilitate the training; however the Chapter President and Alumni Advisor must also serve as Facilitators
- To assist in achieving 100% member participation in the National Anti-Hazing Campaign, for legitimate reasons that are determined by the Collegiate Chapter Advisor. If a Brother can’t attend the excused Brother must schedule a meeting to watch the Anti-Hazing video, complete the test and sign the Anti-Hazing Pledge. We understand that special circumstances may arise…we ask that you work with your local and regional leadership to address these issues.
Brothers, this is a great opportunity to live out the creed that guides our actions as Sigma Men. Sigma needs us now, more than ever, to create an environment that allows our Fraternity to flourish for another 100 years.
Thanks for your Support of Centennial 10,000+ and our National Anti-Hazing Campaign!
International First Vice President
Collegiate and Alumni Chapters to Host Anti-Hazing Prevention Workshops
from September 22 to 28, 2013
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS) is set to launch its National Anti-Hazing Week. Slated to occur September 22 – 28, 2013, the campaign has grown in its second year from a day to a week of activities. During this week, all collegiate and alumni chapters are instructed to host an Anti-Hazing prevention workshop for their members. The expectation is collegiate Chapter Presidents and Chapter Advisors will facilitate the training. Chapter Presidents and the Intake Chairmen will facilitate the training for alumni chapters.
As PBS prepares to celebrate its 100 years anniversary, its leadership is determined to eradicate the plague of hazing which has affected the community service organization in recent years. Because hazing threatens the existence of the proud legacy that PBS founders envisioned 99 years ago at Howard University, PBS has instituted a comprehensive program to engage its brotherhood in non-hazing or pledging behaviors.
“Over the past year, Phi Beta Sigma has produced anti-hazing sensitivity training materials for our chapters and for other organizations that are committed to ending the culture of hazing,” said Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “In launching the Anti-Hazing Week, we are further demonstrating our commitment to end hazing throughout our organization,” Mason added.
In 2012, the Anti-Hazing Campaign was introduced via a partnership with the National Action Network at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As part of the campaign, supporting documents were developed (along with a video), a town hall meeting was held on the subject, workshops were facilitated and chapters were encouraged to participate in the National Anti-Hazing Awareness Day held on September 6, 2012. These activities educated and empowered PBS Brotherhood to serve as agents of change in the battle against hazing.
“We recognize the challenges the start of the fall can bring as many chapters are resuming their activities for the first time in months. To assist our members in executing the Anti-Hazing Campaign within their chapters, we have placed all the resources that are needed on the Fraternity’s website,” intimated Michael Cristal, International First Vice President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Anti-Hazing Campaign Chairman. “We expect 100% participation from our chapters,” Cristal remarked.
As PBS continues to be leaders in extinguishing the scourge that hazing brings upon individuals, communities and organizations, Anti-Hazing Chairman Cristal is encouraging PBS members, globally, to visit the organization’s web site to obtain more information about the campaign. http://www.phibetasigma1914.org/anti-hazing/
“Within such a short time, we will be celebrating a monumental occasion within our fraternity’s history, we must stay steadfast in the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service as college educated men,” said Profit Idowu, International Second Vice President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “In honor of the late past President Honorable Demetrius C. Newton, Sr., Esq. who said ‘a man in his lifetime should be able to love his fellow man sincerely and act in honest motives purely,’ we must enter Anti-Hazing Week, keeping these two points within your hearts to uphold our organization with the best in conduct. Let us not beat the life out of a legacy that has truly endured the test of time,” Idowu added.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity established in 1914 on Howard University is a global organization with over 450 chapters and 150, 000 members. To learn more visit www.phibetasigma1914.org
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is releasing its newly created Anti-Hazing Training Video, the latest component to the organization’s Anti-Hazing Training Curriculum. The goals of the Anti-Hazing Training Video are to (1) define hazing, (2) explore the impact of hazing on culture, (3) understand the implications of hazing, (4) understand responsibilities at every level, and (5) begin the process of eliminating hazing.
During 2012 in partnership with the National Action Network, Phi Beta Sigma launched an international Anti-Hazing Awareness Campaign with the sole purpose of eradicating the crippling culture of hazing in America. Joining Phi Beta Sigma as Coalition Partners are U. S. Congress Representative Frederica Wilson, (D-FL) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Expressing Phi Beta Sigma’s commitment to this initiative, President Jimmy Hammock states, “This training video is another example of our commitment to ending the culture of hazing. The video allows viewers to become educated and equipped to join us in this cause. I encourage everyone to download the entire curriculum and become fully equipped to make a difference in our communities.”
Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International First Vice President and Task Force Chairman shares “We are determined to kill the culture of hazing. This video is a step-by-step presentation of key areas with regard to hazing, developed for the purpose of educating our members, students, children and communities about hazing. We’re also thankful for our fellow Greek-lettered organizations and institutions who are standing with us in support of this initiative.”
You can click on the link above and view the video. You can also download the training video HERE and other anti-hazing material on this website under the Initiatives tab and then Anti-Hazing sub-tab.