2.0 – A distinction used to denote an advanced version of an original concept, product or service.

NIC 2.0

The Future of Fraternities

Fraternities are at a turning point—a critical moment. To thrive today and beyond, fraternal culture must evolve. Through extraordinary interfraternal collaboration, in Fall 2015, men’s fraternities came together to chart a bold course for the future. Their work resulted in sweeping changes to the North-American Interfraternity Conference aimed at creating vibrant, healthy fraternity communities—one community at a time.

Convened around this challenge, the NIC is hitting reboot. We are reshaping our century-old organization to enact positive changes to ensure the fraternity movement thrives in the future.

Yes, the new NIC will still be a trade association for the fraternal industry, but you will see its culture shift in conjunction with its reframed priorities. We will operate more like a cutting-edge technology company, creating resources and solutions to address common problems traditional approaches no longer answer. Our tone will focus around the values of humility, strong work ethic, and teamwork. By staying true to this culture, we hope to inspire the industry to embrace a similar paradigm to collaboration.

The 5 Priorities of NIC 2.0

NIC 2.0 is a cohesive effort to bring about changes in the fraternity industry. It will be a force to move beyond conversation and ideas scrawled on flip charts into tangible action that moves the needle. Member organizations are investing at a historic level, so we can achieve our vision to impact campus communities through increased, strategic support based on the five new priorities of the NIC:

  • Create an effective grassroots program for all Interfraternity Councils (IFCs) and provide exceptional support for “Focus Campuses” in an effort to strengthen and build healthier fraternity communities.
  • Develop consistent educational programming for all IFC officers, staff and volunteers.
  • Create a database that allows members to make data-driven decisions, share best practices and streamline operations.
  • Lead sophisticated public relations efforts to advance the “Fraternity” brand.
  • Produce effective advocacy programs that strengthen higher education partnerships and utilize governmental and legal affairs.

Recent News

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NIC Establishes Transgender Inclusion Working Group

Fraternities have reached out to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) for insight around inclusion as the needs of transgender college students have recently received increased attention. The NIC has established a working group to review the student...
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NIC Announces UIFI Lead Facilitator Application

While sessions of the 2016 Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) just wrapped up, we are already thinking about next summer’s program. For the first time ever, we are opening an application process for Lead Facilitators for UIFI, the NIC’s premier...
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The NIC and NIC Foundation Offices are Moving

The North-American Interfraternity Conference and NIC Foundation are moving! While we are just heading several miles from our existing location, this move will require you to update your records with our new address. As of Aug. 1, 2016, our new home will be: 865 W...
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Rick Barnes to Bolster Support of Fraternity Communities as VP of Campus Operations

Indianapolis, July 11, 2016—Experienced higher education professional Rick Barnes will join the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) staff in the role of Vice President of Campus Operations. When he comes on board in early August, Barnes will help develop a...
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Campus Pride Joins Fraternal Organizations in Urging Harvard to Reconsider Policy that Restricts Student Rights

After Harvard University announced May 6, 2016, that it would sanction students who are members of single-gender organizations, fraternal organizations came together to urge the university to reconsider its policy. Today, Campus Pride, the leading national educational...
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Julie Burkhard to Cultivate the NIC’s Advocacy Program as Chief Legislative Officer

Indianapolis, June 23, 2016–The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce Julie Cain Burkhard will join the staff in the new role of Chief Legislative Officer (CLO). A long-time champion for the fraternal movement, in this role...
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Hitting Reboot

The NIC is currently building its model of upgraded services.