The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) finished its final of 14 sessions in mid-July. Each year, the program sets out to push students to define the challenges in their fraternity and sorority communities and excite them for how to create change. In 2016, the program showed significant gains in drawing diverse student populations as well as in personal development of participants.

Almost 1,000 students went through UIFI this year, including Annina Plummer, a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, who attends the University of Alberta. She is just one of many who were positively affected by the experience.

“UIFI has changed me as a leader and has inspired me to make positive changes in my life, my chapter and in the communities I am placed,” Plummer said. “The outstanding individuals here have inspired me to continue to live with purpose and take risks for the betterment of society, and that is a lesson I’ll never forget.”

The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is proud of the development students like Plummer made this summer, as well as the program’s improvement and success this year. Here’s a complete breakdown of what UIFI accomplished in 2016.

 

Enhancements to the Program

  • Updated curriculum to include exploration of personal identities and privilege.
  • Added a session on the fraternal movement, which highlighted the change process and priorities of NIC 2.0.
  • Increased diversity of attendees to create a truly interfraternal experience by offering 80 UIFI registration scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds through funding by the Richard G. Miller Memorial Foundation.
  • Increased participation of students from culturally-based organizations by 14%.
  • Saw an increase in both intern (15%) and facilitator (3%) applications.

 

UIFI’s Reach: By the Numbers

  • 943 students from 298 colleges and universities attended.
  • Members from 118 fraternities and sororities attended.
  • 168 fraternities, sororities, campuses or chapters provided UIFI scholarships.
  • 198 facilitators and 27 interns helped put on the program.
  • Participants completed 2,282 hours of community service to help 24 local agencies.

 

Students Show Growth and Gains

In a pre/post assessment of the program, as a result of attending UIFI, students showed double-digit growth in all areas measured. Undergraduates also reported positive gains in leadership skills, commitment, and confidence to make an impact in their chapters and communities.

  • 97.37% reported they are a better leader because of UIFI.
  • 97.65% reported that as a result of UIFI, they are going to positively impact their chapter.
  • 96.78% reported that as a result of UIFI, they are going to positively impact their community.

“UIFI has been an experience unlike any other that I have been a part of previously,” said Joshua Whiting, a member of Phi Kappa Psi at Rowan University. “I have learned countless things that I cannot wait to take back to my chapter.”

As for facilitators, they reported the program is innovative and “the best of its kind,” and 100% said they would encourage students to attend.

 

For additional highlights from the program evaluation, read our one-pager.