Hazing Prevention



Sep 19



HPO LogoLaGrange, GA – HazingPrevention.Org (HPO) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award. The award recognizes nominated individuals who stood up to hazing in their organizations, at their schools and campuses, and those who have helped educate others about the dangers of hazing.  The 2019 Awards are made possible with support from Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Fraternal Law Partners, and Hank Nuwer, and are announced in advance of National Hazing Prevention Week, September 23-27, 2019.

The award is named in honor of Hank Nuwer, a long-time anti-hazing advocate, historical researcher, author of numerous books on hazing, and journalist.

Three Selected for 2019 Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Awards:

Rae Ann and Stephen Gruver

Rae Ann and Stephen Gruver are committed activists focused on highlighting the dangers of hazing, and creating stronger legal and academic accountability to prevent the dangerous behavior. Following the tragic hazing death of their son Max in 2017, the Gruvers have dedicated their lives to raising awareness and accountability to fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations. Founding the Max Gruver Foundation in honor of their son, the Gruvers have shared their story with numerous universities and organizations, and have handed out more than 100,000 wristbands to raise awareness of the dangers of hazing. The Gruvers are focused on making an impact on campuses and in the legal system, and were instrumental in supporting the Max Gruver Act. The new law in Louisiana would allow for harsher punishment in hazing cases, particularly when hazing leads to bodily harm or death. They have also partnered with the Anti-Hazing Coalition to sponsor the federal END ALL Hazing Act. #FlyHighMax

Davis Westol

David Westol is an alumnus of Michigan State University and The Detroit College of Law.  He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County, Michigan for nine years; as CEO of Theta Chi Fraternity for 18 years and recently completed his 12th year as a consultant with over thirty national men’s and women’s fraternities and sororities as clients.  Dave has presented, “Hazing on Trial”—a graphic and dramatic presentation that blends hazing practices, actual court cases and courtroom practices—over 2,200 times on over 400 campuses and at over 60 national fraternity and sorority events since 1980.  He has authored over 40 articles for fraternal journals and other publications regarding hazing and makes presentations focused upon the investigation of hazing cases to a variety of audiences. Dave is proud to note that he was among the original members of the board of directors of HazingPrevention.Org.

About HazingPrevention.Org

HazingPrevention.Org™ is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others. Major initiatives of the organization include National Hazing Prevention Week™, the HazingPrevention.Org Institute for Hazing Prevention™, and Prevent.Zone™ educational online courses that touch the lives of thousands of individuals, organizations, campuses and communities.

National Hazing Prevention Week™ (NHPW), organized by HazingPrevention.Org, is an opportunity for campuses, schools, organizations, and communities to not only raise awareness, but to begin the conversation surrounding how to actively prevent hazing. This year, National Hazing Prevention Week will be observed September 23 – 27. The theme of this year’s #NHPW19 is ‘Recognize. Prepare. Act.’