Drake’s Greek Life is committed to creating a safer campus community. A new collaboration between Drake's Greek Life and Violence Prevention Office called Health, Inclusion and Relationship Officers (HIRO) is working to further this commitment. Each Greek chapter will have a designated HIRO who facilitates conversations about consent, healthy relationships, gender norms, and other violence prevention topics. Spring of 2017 was our pilot semester for the HIRO program. In the 2017-18 school year this program will also include discussions related to mental health, substance abuse, equity and inclusion. We are excited to be partnering with Ames ACCESS to implement and evaluate the Building Up Brothers curriculum within the facilitated conversations happening at Drake Fraternities. In addition, Drake has developed a specialized curriculum for our sororities. We are proud of the leadership from both our sororities and fraternities. We look forward to seeing this program develop!
Raise the Bar is a partnership between Drake University, Polk County Crisis and Advocacy, Employee and Family Resources and loval bars and restaurants. Through this partnership we hope to train bar staff related to responsible serving and bystander intervention related to intimate partner and sexual violence. Our first training was held in spring 2017. We hope to expand and reach additional bars in the Drake neighborhood in the coming year. We are really excited about Raise the Bar and the potential for community level support to prevent violence.