April 5, 2011
The conference is meant to help the women who attend to start a wave of change in the campus culture.
Texas Tech's Panhellenic community has joined together to bring the National Panhellenic Conference Something of Value (SOV) program to campus for the first time. Texas Tech hosts 11 of the 26 sororities the conference houses and participants from each chapter will be present at the day-long event.
The SOV program is an initiative that provides sorority women a platform to collaborate and start a wave of change in campus culture. Participants will engage in the program from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 at various locations in the English building.
The agenda for the program includes a mock trial, group discussions of values and presentations over confrontation skills. Goals of the program are to identify risky behaviors in a non-threatening setting and form a commitment for sorority leaders to use their joint strength to influence other members of their chapters.
Justine Taylor, risk management chair of the Panhellenic Executive Council, said she believes many chapters on the Texas Tech campus overlook issues that are hardest to deal with and this program can give solutions to the issues.
"Something of Value presents a rare opportunity to dive into risk management education as it pertains to our Panhellenic community. Sororities will be able to discuss the issues facing our community and help build a plan of action to alleviate these problems firsthand," Taylor said.
Issues that SOV wishes to address include substance abuse, academic dishonesty, eating disorders, financial mismanagement, hazing, harassment, personal safety concerns and other issues specific to the Texas Tech campus environment.
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