One of the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority is the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills. The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development sponsors many leadership development opportunities for the fraternity and sorority community and encourages students to get involved in the various leadership programs offered by other campus departments and each organization’s headquarters. Whether you take on a formal role or lead by example, fraternity and sorority life gives you the opportunity to develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
The Leadership Summit is an over night experience that takes place each January at YMCA Camp Jewell. All council officers and chapter presidents are expected to participate. The curriculum for the retreat is created and facilitated by the CFSD advising staff with input from the student interns.
During the retreat, leaders of the fraternity and sorority community will participate in team building exercises, small group facilitation discussions as well as participate in large group conversations. The goal of the retreat is to get community members to better understand the current state of the community and begin to understand how they can create change and become better values based leaders.
The annual Emerging Leaders Conference is a program designed to help newer members of the fraternity and sorority community get a jump start on their leadership development and to network with their peers while participating in a variety of educational sessions led by graduate students, staff, and “veteran” undergraduate members of the community who volunteer as presenters. The conference is held each spring and includes workshops that are aligned with the selected theme.
Arete Leadership Academy (ALA) is held the weekend before the spring semester begins each year. ALA is designed for chapter presidents and all council executive board members to come together and engage in leadership development. Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development staff facilitates a variety of sessions for students on topics including: motivating members, dealing with conflict, and leading with your values.
The Project Synergy is a competition held in early February each year. Participants in Project Synergy must be newly initiated member(s) from the previous calendar year. Through participation in Project Synergy, participants will work together in groups to race solving various competitions all while building community. All groups are comprised of members from multiple chapters and councils.
In addition to the above programs, the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Development often supports students participation at the: