FAMU Combating Hazing With Task Force, $50k Grant

Friday, February 10, 2012

Florida A&M University is attempting to combat hazing with an anti-hazing task force and a grant, according to university president Dr. James Ammons. 

The FAMU Anti-Hazing Task Force will be made up of a wide variety of  people, from a wide variety of backgrounds and occupations. 

The FAMU Anti-Hazing Committee facilitator and members, as follows, were selected based on input from the board, administration, faculty, students and alumni:

• Stephen Craig Robinson (Chairman) – Former U.S. District Court Judge and current partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom;
• Dr. Na’im Akbar – Clinical Psychologist and Former President, National Association of Black Psychologists;
• Dr. Elizabeth Allan – Professor, University of Maine and Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention;
• Dr. Michael V. Bowie – Executive Director of Florida Fund for Minority Teachers & former national president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council;
• David Brewer – Former Vice Admiral of the United States Navy and Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District;
• Dr. Mary Madden – Professor, University of Maine & Co-Director, The National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention;
• David Starnes – Band Director and Professor of Music at Western Carolina University.

“To put us in the best position to permanently stop hazing at FAMU, we feel it is important to bring in many of the most respected minds on the subject and ensure that we are addressing this destructive issue from all sides,” said Solomon Badger, FAMU Board Chairman.