Pi Kappa Alpha Makes Commitment to Preventing and Combating Addiction
Posted on May 4, 2018
The organization strives to provide families, employers, medical leaders and individuals with the tools they need to succeed and to remove the stigma of addiction, replacing shame and despair with hope and compassion. This partnership comes at a formative time, as more than one in seven young adults, aged 18-25, in the U.S. have a substance use disorder.
Above all else, Pi Kappa Alpha cares about the health and safety of our members and guests. With over 200,000 living alumni and 15,000 students representing 225 colleges and universities through North America, the Fraternity can play a vital role in addressing this monumental crisis through educational initiatives for its members, serving as advocates in the larger campus communities, and leading change by investing our manpower and experience with developing young men.
“The Fraternity’s Health & Safety program provides strategies for students focusing on expectations, intervention, and accountability. We recognize we serve an important space, and Center on Addiction’s vision fits well with our own goal of improving the health and safety of our members and chapters by providing ongoing education and intervention strategies,” said Executive Vice President and CEO Justin Buck (Southeast Missouri, Epsilon Iota ’96).
Center on Addiction Executive Chair Joe Plumeri (William & Mary, Gamma ’64), who has been an integral part of many well-known institutions including chairman and CEO of Willis Group and former CEO of Citibank North America, and Founder and Chairman Emeritus Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, hosted A Night to Imagine gala at the Pierre Hotel, unveiling the nonprofit’s new direction: putting its knowledge into action in the face of the largest drug epidemic in U.S. history.
The Fraternity served as a vice chair of the dinner. In addition, the Fraternity’s partnership with Center on Addiction was officially announced during the event. Attendees and supporters included a host of representatives from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, First Data Corporation, CBS Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Cushman & Wakefield and Bank of America Merchant Services.