Dyad Strategies CEO Gentry McCreary announced today the development of a formal partnership with Prevention Culture, a consulting and training firm led by Aaron Boe that focuses on sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, bystander strengths and social culture. The partnership between Dyad Strategies and Prevention Culture will allow campuses to utilize both Dyad Strategies powerful assessment tools in combination with Prevention Culture’s expert curriculum and customized consulting aimed at building healthier and safer campuses. Through a program called “Advancing Social Culture” campuses will have a new option with proven methods.
“Advancing Social Culture” will offer campuses the opportunity to collect data through a pre-visit assessment of the fraternity/sorority community, with data aggregated at the chapter levels, to better understand each chapter’s strengths and areas of vulnerability related to social culture. The assessment will measure student attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to a variety of areas:
- Sexual Violence/Misconduct
- Victim Blaming Mentalities
- Minimization Mentalities
- Survivor Support Mentalities
- Solidarity Mentalities (Fraternities Only)
- Shame and Social Pressure Mentalities (Sororities Only)
- Social Culture
- Alcohol Use
- Social Status Importance
- Moral Disengagement
- Hazing Culture
- Hazing Tolerance
- Solidarity Rationale
- Loyalty/Commitment Rationale
- Social Dominance Rationale
- Instrumental Education Rationale
- Solidarity/Support & Encouragement
- Shared Social Experiences
- Common Purpose
Once these data are gathered, Prevention Culture facilitators will conduct campus visits to provide a customized approach to impacting chapters and the community, using data gathered from the surveys as a guide for those conversations. These workshops will be customized to meet the unique needs of each group. For example, a chapter with higher levels of Victim Blaming Mentality will receive additional programming directly aimed at that issue, and the students will have an opportunity to understand their chapter’s data to better understand their own social culture and to develop strategies aimed at improving it. And with the degree of overlap that exists with these complex social issues, assessing variations in attitudes and perceptions throughout a community allows for a stronger and more strategic approach to change.
Prevention Culture applies social science to design educational content that targets the points of greatest leverage for change, and their approach has proven to be impactful. Sigma Nu Fraternity recently implemented The Bystander Strengths Workshop developed by founder Aaron Boe, and through an assessment of 3,173 collegiate members, saw statistically significant changes from pre-to-post program assessment on all outcomes, ranging from bystander readiness to understanding realistic intervention strategies.
“Partnering with Dyad Strategies allows us to provide a whole new level of customization for campuses and students, which will allow us to accelerate the process of change within chapters and throughout the fraternity and sorority community on campus,” said Prevention Culture CEO Aaron Boe.
In addition to the customized workshops, campus FSL advisors will receive a report of the data collected, helping them better understand campus trends related to social culture and attitudes related to hazing and sexual violence on campus. Over time, these data can help tell the story of the impact of educational initiatives related to these topics.
“We are truly excited about this partnership,” said Dyad Strategies CEO Gentry McCreary. “Aaron Boe and his team at Prevention Culture are experts at having the conversations with fraternity and sorority members that need to be had on these difficult topics. By partnering with Prevention Culture, we can put our campus assessment to better use by mapping our data to specific educational curriculum designed to move the needle on student attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to sexual misconduct, relationships, hazing, and alcohol use.”