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October 2022 | Orono, Maine

StopHazing announces a new staff member, Jenny Desmond, as the Program & Training Specialist.

Jenny Desmond (she/her/hers) joins the StopHazing team in the role of Program & Training Specialist (part-time). Having worked as a campus professional, including in Enrollment Management, overseeing New Student Orientation Leaders and Tour Guides, and in Student Affairs, advising Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Leadership Programs.

“We are excited to welcome Jenny Desmond to the StopHazing team! Jenny’s exemplary work as a student affairs educator, including experience in student leadership development, and her demonstrated commitment to student growth and well-being, make her an invaluable contributor to advancing the mission of StopHazing” noted Dr. Allan, Principal at StopHazing.

In her role, Jenny contributes to the StopHazing mission by providing support for the data-driven programming and training areas, assisting in the expansion of e-learning modules, and developing new research-based resources and trainings. Jenny also uses her practitioner approach to support and supervise StopHazing interns, connect with and deliver hazing prevention content to campus professionals and stakeholders across the country, and support ongoing research-to-practice initiatives.

Jenny received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine and completed her graduate work, a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. Her practitioner’s lens and campus experiences are an invaluable add to StopHazing’s research-to-practice model. Engaging student-leaders and supporting their ethical leadership development is a passion of Jenny’s that parallels well in the work we do with campus leaders and professionals working with students across the country.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at StopHazing. As a student affairs practitioner, I found StopHazing’s resources to be invaluable in planning, training, and educating for hazing prevention. I look forward to supporting students and campus professionals with data-driven strategies for their hazing prevention needs.”

The StopHazing team continues to expand its staff and capacity to meet the growing demand for research-based programs and support for hazing prevention that is grounded in data and the principles of prevention science. The team, led by Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Principal of StopHazing, also includes Meredith Stewart, M.Ed., Program and Outreach Coordinator and Dave Kerschner, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow for Research and Evaluation. Additional significant contributions are made possible by StopHazing’s graduate and undergraduate Research-to-Practice and Higher Ed Policy Interns.

With the expanded capacity and Jenny joining the team, StopHazing is excited to also share an update on new initiatives, projects, and consulting services available. StopHazing will be launching the first-ever Hazing Prevention Portal, home to its research-based Hazing Prevention Curriculum / E-learning modules and additional forthcoming portal content and services. The curriculum will be available for licensing in January 2023. 

Interested in learning more and connecting with the StopHazing team? Send us an email.

Press Release PDF available here.