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We need your help in achieving safe and extraordinary fraternities and sororities

The Piazza Center produces actionable data to enact significant change on 770 campuses and for the over 750,000 members in fraternity and sorority life.  

Your gift today will be doubled through a dollar-for-dollar match to help us find critical answers fast.   

    Why are people giving?

    Jim and Evelyn Piazza: So that no other family has to endure what we have endured

    "Since our son Tim died at the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity on the University Park campus as a result of egregious hazing activities, we have committed to doing everything we can to put a stop to such illegal and irresponsible behavior so that no other family has to endure what we have endured during the past for plus years.

    Our goal is to make Fraternity and Sorority Life safer, healthier, and more meaningful for those students that become members in the future. We want those young men and women to have the experience that Tim did not get to have and we also want parents to feel safe when their children join these organizations. There have been far too many deaths, near-death experiences and severe mental and physical injuries from hazing at these organizations and hazing is not the only issue.

    The Piazza Center is well poised to be the catalyst to help Universities and Greek Life organizations create a better, more meaningful experience for students of the future. The Center, through its research and studies, will produce actionable data to give practitioners the evidence and behavioral knowledge to enact meaningful change, not only at Penn State but throughout the country. We cannot accept an environment of hazardous drinking, hazing, and sexual violence as in the past. The Piazza Center’s research will identify which prevention programs and policies and accountability measures work. The time is now and we need your support."

    - Jim and Evelyn Piazza, parents of Timothy Piazza and anti-hazing advocates

    SigEp National Fraternity: To provide a safe and transformational experience

    “We believe in the value that fraternities offer, and we hope the research that comes out of the Piazza Center will help organizations and communities shape the type of fraternity experience — safe, supportive, and focused on belonging and personal development — that college students need today.”

    - Tom Jelke, grand president, Sigma Phi Epsilon 

    National Panhellenic Conference & Foundation: To provide meaningful and impactful experiences

    “Both the conference and foundation leadership believe there is significant value in the Piazza Center’s work to gather and analyze the types of information and data sororities and fraternities need to make positive and lasting change. For NPC and our member organizations specifically, the center’s research can help us increase access to and equity within the sorority experience and enable us to provide even more meaningful and impactful experiences to our members throughout their lives.”

    - Dani Weatherford, chief executive officer for the National Panhellenic Conference and National Panhellenic Conference Foundation

    Help us create the breakthrough research needed to reframe the fraternity and sorority experience 

    Your generous support will:

    • Substantially reduce substance misuse and hazing as well as increase safety.
    • Create a new standard for intervention and prevention in fraternity and sorority life across the nation.
    • Build a pathway forward with the belief that fraternities and sororities can be safe and transformative.

    Make a gift

    To learn more about how you can support the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform, please contact:

    • Sue Harris,
      Director of Development for Student Affairs
      814-865-6533
      sueharris@psu.edu
    • Stevan Veldkamp
      Executive Director of the Piazza Center 
    • 814-865-7000
    • sjv54@psu.edu

    With overall costs to create the center estimated at $8 million, the University has committed $2 million in initial funding as well as an opportunity for up to $3 million in 1:1 matching funds.  Through this opportunity, alumni, parents, and friends can leverage their gifts to secure matching funds that double the impact of their generosity. And through private support, donors can help the University work toward the goal that students in fraternities and sororities— at Penn State and across the country—have a safe and enriching college experience.

    Penn State Student Affairs
    Piazza Center
    Location

    University Park, PA 16802
    PiazzaCenter@psu.edu