February 12-13, 2024
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Lead Facilitator

Emily Perlow , Dean of Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Emily Perlow

Dr. Emily Perlow is the Dean of Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Lecturer in the Counselor Education and Family Therapy Program at Central Connecticut State University, and is a Research Affiliate in the Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has a PhD in Educational Policy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Her research in the area of hazing focuses on the role hazing plays in the construction and performance of gender identity enacted through adult play behaviors. She most recently co-authored a monograph on hazing prevention and intervention research at the high school and college level. In addition to serving as the co-chair emeritus of the NASPA fraternity/sorority knowledge community, she volunteered for many years with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and Alpha Gamma Delta. Her research interests include hazing, masculinity, deviance among college populations, and marginalized populations in STEM.

Discussion Facilitators and Panelists

J. Patrick Biddix

Dr. J. Patrick Biddix is the Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Endowed Professor of Higher Education and College Student Personnel at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Director of Research and Assessment for the Division of Student Success. He currently serves as research fellow for the Timothy J. Piazza Center.

Stevan Veldkamp

Dr. Stevan Veldkamp is executive director of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform. This center is deeply committed to conducting prevention research and a learning approach to intervention. Its core mission is to equip policymakers and field practitioners with practical, research-based insights that can drive positive change. Before assuming his current role, Veldkamp served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Life and Learning at Indiana University Bloomington. His professional journey includes roles at Western Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. As a first-generation college student, Veldkamp takes great pride in his community college background and holds two degrees from Grand Valley State University. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington critiquing higher education finance.

Todd Shelton

Todd Shelton serves as the executive director of the Hazing Prevention Network. With two decades in nonprofit management, Todd has a breadth of experience as an award-winning executive and volunteer. He is a leader within the Anti-Hazing Coalition which advocates for state and federal legislation to increase education, transparency and individual accountability around hazing. He previously served as the Chief Communication Officer at the North American Interfraternity Conference where he worked to advance the brand of fraternity, created and implemented industry-wide response protocols and resources, and directed the communication strategy for the NIC. He is a middle Tennessee native living in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Feb. 12 – Day One Schedule


12:00 P.M.
Summit Check-in/Boxed Lunch

1:00 P.M.

System-Wide Welcome & Kick-Off

Remarks by Dr. Bernie Savarese, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Research and Student Success

Remarks by Brian Daniels, Chief Audit & Compliance Officer

1:30 P.M
Session One: Change is Possible: A Case Study on Smoking

2:00 P.M.
Session Two: Our Starting Place: What’s Happening on our Campuses

  • Moderator
    • Stevan Veldkamp, executive director, Piazza Center
  • Panelists
    • John Keith, director of office of sorority and fraternity life, UT Knoxville
    • Jim Hicks, assistant vice chancellor of student affairs and dean of students, UT Chattanooga
    • Sarah Catherine Richardson, dean of students, UT Southern
    • Ashley Bynum, associate athletic director for compliance and academics, UT Martin

3:10 P.M.

3:30 P.M.
Session Three: What We Know about Why Hazing Happens: What the Research Says

4:10 P.M.

Session Four: Motivators for Hazing

4:50 P.M.

5:05 P.M.

Session Five: Disrupting Hazing: The 4 Cs of Situational Strength

5:45 P.M.

Review of Logistics/Dismiss for Day

*All sessions for Day 1 of the Anti-Hazing Summit will be held in Commodore, Rooms A and B.


Feb. 13 – Day Two Schedule


8:15 A.M.
Summit Check-in

8:30 A.M.

Panel Discussion: Prevention Strategies for Enacting Change

  • Moderator
    • Todd Shelton, executive director, Hazing Prevention Network
  • Panelists
    • Patrick Biddix, director of research and assessment for student success, UT Knoxville
    • Emily Perlow, dean of students, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • Stevan Veldkamp, executive director, Piazza Center

10:00 A.M.

10:15 A.M.
Session One: How to Know if Your Plan is Working: Results Based Accountability

11:00 A.M.
Break/Buffet Lunch

11:15 A.M.
Session Two: Working Your Plan/Working Lunch (Break out session)

12:25 P.M.

Next Steps

12:40 P.M.

Closing Remarks/Departure

Remarks by Dr. Bernie Savarese, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Research and Student Success