If you are planning on participating in Fall Formal Recruitment 2019, please ensure that you are registered for LDST 301 through KU.
KU Panhellenic Association Passes Gender Based Violence Prevention Standing Rule for New Members
LAWRENCE, Kansas - University of Kansas Panhellenic Association (PHA) has passed a new standing rule giving new members access to a gender-based violence prevention training seminar, set to begin this fall.
The Gender Based Violence Prevention Seminar, commonly referred to as LDST 301, will provide PHA new members with evidence-based education through an academic class at KU. The purpose of the new course is to increase gender-based violence prevention, social justice awareness, and sex health practices among new members.
“KU Panhellenic has seen a need for research based new member education,” said Jenny McKee, Program Manager at Watkins Memorial Health Center. “They have taken advantage of an opportunity in a way that no other Panhellenic association is doing.”
The course was created in order to provide new members information with knowledge to help facilitate a positive college experience.
The seminar was created in conjunction with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center SAPEC) and the members of the Panhellenic Executive Board. Participation in this course will eliminate all weekend and evening training obligations new members previously had, in order to get them the information in a more feasible way.
“The content that will be provided is information that I am thrilled for new members to be more thoroughly educated on,” said Ally Kmiecik, President of Panhellenic. “Having new members in rooms together discussing these topics is something that I truly believe will impact the bonds and mindsets of members throughout the entire community. I cannot wait to see the passion they have for holding each other accountable as well as setting a new standard for new member classes to come.”
LDST 301 is intended to facilitate small group discussions and give new members immediate access to resources.
The new members will complete their training through enrolling in the leadership studies course at their new student orientation. The eight-week course will meet for an hour, once a week and will also include an online component for discussion, journals and engaging in multimedia.
“This class is intended to deconstruct rape-culture by rejecting mentalities and making it less easy for perpetrators to hide in plain sight,” said McKee. “The point is that rape-culture is everyone’s problem and the women of Panhellenic are taking a stand as a community. This is a caring step.”
The PHA executive board intends to provide a limited number of scholarships, awarded through an application process, in order to give new members better access to participate in the course.
If a woman chooses to withdraw from recruitment before or during the primary recruitment period, they will have the option to withdraw from the class. New members who wish to opt-out of the course due to prior trauma will be granted that right and attend an alternative traditional training with University staff.
The Panhellenic Association at the University of Kansas represents 12 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and over 27,000 undergraduate women.
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Director of Public Relations, University of Panhellenic Executive Board