Effective advocacy programs that strengthen partnerships with higher education along with governmental and legal affairs.

Government Relations

A solid government relations strategy is so central to the success of fraternities, it is one of the core five priorities (above) of the NIC 2.0 reform. Such advocacy has been critical in our past and it will be in our future.

The very existence of fraternities as men’s organizations is enabled by an exemption to Title IX, legislation that NIC Executive Vice President Jack Anson and his interfraternal colleagues lobbied President Gerald Ford for in the mid-1970s. This hallmark example of legislative involvement might seem historical, yet, the value of single-gender organizations is still questioned today.

The NIC employs a government relations strategy because advocating for the fraternal experience and the rights and benefits of its members is critical.

Let’s dive deeper into the NIC 2.0 priority establishing a government relations program.

Effective advocacy programs…

The North-American Interfraternity Conference has developed a government relations strategy around three key questions:

  1. What are we trying to achieve?
  2. How can we foster ownership of the effort?
  3. How can we align all constituents around the strategy?

The NIC’s answer includes coordination and collaboration within three distinct areas:

  • Relationships
  • Legislative Priorities
  • Education

…That strengthen partnerships…

The NIC is dedicated to building strong relationships with interfraternal and higher education partners based on transparency, inclusion and respect. Moving forward, the government relations effort will take all partners furthering and supporting the effort—united, when possible and respectful of different views when presented.

Primary partners include:

…along with governmental and legal affairs

With focused legislative priorities and deliberate education opportunities, NIC’s government relations efforts will build grassroots programs for students, local alumni and state officials. The participation of these constituents will transform the way thousands of people involve themselves in the NIC’s legislative priorities.

Legislative Priorities


  • Develop a grassroots program for campus, local and state involvement
  • Continue to host visits to Capitol Hill to lobby for legislative priorities

Fraternal Government Relations Coalition

Together, the NIC, NPC and FSPAC comprise the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC). The FGRC exists to provide collaboration, representation and balance to an interfraternal approach to government relations. Representatives from the three organizations meet regularly to discuss legislative matters that could impact fraternities and sororities or higher education at large.

The NIC also interfaces with other partners throughout higher education in these efforts, namely:

  • Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA)
  • Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA)

What can YOU do?

Supporting the efforts of the NIC’s government relations program takes action. Dedication to these efforts—by both individuals and groups—will make a difference. Consider this:

  • Write to your members of Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) and ask that they sponsor the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Use this link to learn how to contact the members of Congress.
  • Stay informed. Mobilize as a community. Vote. Everyone’s involvement is vital to our voice being heard and our message being taken seriously by Congress. The future of this experience is in question.  By our action we will help to impact the future of fraternities.

For more information on the NIC’s government relations and advocacy programs contact Julie Burkhard, Chief Legislative Officer.