Fisk University Welcomes Dr. Ricky L. Jones for Anti-Hazing Educational Seminar
1/13/2012 9:04:23 AM
Nashville, Tenn. – Friday, January 13, 2012 – Fisk University proudly welcomes Dr. Ricky L. Jones to the Fisk Appleton Room in Jubilee Hall on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. to educate faculty, staff and all students on the importance of a hazing-free collegiate experience.
Fisk’s Office of Student Engagement conducts anti-hazing education seminars each semester for students, in particularly members and potential recruits of its Greek letter organizations, as these classes are required as part of the University’s broader strategic initiative to eliminate hazing. Along with increasing the number of Greek letter organizations from five to 11 over the past two years and mandating each organization participate in liability workshops each year, Fisk has also increased the number of anti-hazing educational opportunities for all students.
“Fisk University is delighted to welcome Dr. Jones back to campus as the students have come to welcome his thought-provoking and enriching views on the value of life without the perceived the traditions associated with hazing in fraternities and sororities,” said Jason Meriwether, Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management. “Dr. Jones’s experience and insightfulness contribute to the education of Fisk students regarding harm associated with hazing and allows Fisk’s campus to benefit from the views and research of a nationally renowned speaker, educator and author.”
Jones is a full professor and past chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, as well the director of the university’s Center on Race and Inequality. He is also the author of What’s Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination and Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities. For additional information on Jones, visit www.rickyljones.com.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (615) 329-8767.
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About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and it currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to Washington Monthly. Fisk is one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) listed in Forbes magazine’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” and has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” publication for twenty consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #144 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation and Fisk is one of only three HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has earned a R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.