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We see a future where all fraternities and sororities are STRONGER and SAFER

The Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research's research agenda is based on a change model focused on a two-pronged approach to stronger and safer organizations.

  • Stronger: Enhancing student learning, specifically around leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and service
  • Safer: Focusing on campus prevention and intervention, including prevention of hazing, substance misuse, and dangerous drinking

The Piazza Center’s mission is to uplift fraternity and sorority life. The center produces actionable data to give practitioners, campuses, and headquarters the evidence needed to enact significant change on their campuses for the over 750,000 members across more than 770 campuses with fraternity and sorority life.   Contact us to inform your professional practice, assess your fraternity and sorority community, or support new research.

Researcher Projects

The Piazza Center builds relationships with interdisciplinary scholars and research faculty.  We source, resource, and conduct research. Please view our current list of projects and contact us to explore your research interest in helping create safe and extraordinary fraternities and sororities.  

Campus and Headquarters Assessment

We support professionals on campuses and headquarters with your assessment needs. Target your professional practice and focus on distinct chapter, community, and regional issues.   

Scholars Program

Our research scholars are a cohort of doctoral students and practitioners who are dedicated to quality research. Research scholars will participate in studies that support the Piazza Center's mission of connecting findings to influence professional practice. The scholars will be mentored by Piazza Center staff and research fellows with opportunities to conduct research, coauthor manuscripts, and cofacilitate presentations. Interested candidates should email Dr. Pietro A. Sasso, Piazza Center faculty fellow, with any questions at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Piazza Center Student Research Advisory Committee

The Piazza Center seeks Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) members. The committee will consult the Piazza Center as we develop exploratory research projects to help uplift the fraternity and sorority experiences and improve our professional practice. Learn how to nominate a student for this committee. 

Penn State Student Affairs
Piazza Center

University Park, PA 16802


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