The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and four regional interfraternal leadership programs are partnering to bring council officer training to students in 2017.
In its pilot year, new Interfraternity Council (IFC) Academy curriculum will be facilitated at four regional conferences and new College Panhellenic Academy curriculum will be facilitated at two conferences. Programming will emphasize interfraternal leadership, establish a community mindset and goals, and take a deep dive into officer-specific training. Program collaborators are focused on recruiting seasoned content experts to deliver training. NPC will host its third annual College Panhellenic Academy in late January in addition to the regional program pilots.
“By joining efforts and bringing our Academy programming to different parts of the country, we have a greater opportunity to provide current and consistent education to a broader set of student leaders,” said Dani Weatherford, NPC executive director. “Additionally, we hope this collaboration can model how fraternity and sorority communities can work together to solve challenges faced on many campuses today.”
The program will be piloted in several ways, allowing collaborators to assess which model is most effective. For this reason, logistics and registration will be unique to each conference, and the hosting organizations will provide information on their websites in the months to come.
“This coalition is another example of the industry coming together to make a better future for all students,” said Judson Horras, NIC president & CEO. “While we are focused on College Panhellenic and IFC in year one, our vision is to continue to refine the program to include all fraternity and sorority councils in the future.”
Organization leaders are excited to introduce the new officer education at each of their regional events.
“This collaboration is important because it helps us elevate the training available to our students and fosters community-wide change conversations across the country,” said Emily Perlow, NGLA chairman. “Such partnership helps build collaboration between councils, empowering leaders to steward change and place the values of their organizations at the forefront of decision making.”
“We wanted to go to the source; the NIC and NPC are partners uniquely suited to provide clear expectations and training to the student leaders who serve on IFCs and College Panhellenics,” said Ryan O’Rourke, AFLV executive director. “As a new course is charted for interfraternal communities, it would be counterproductive not to connect students to those efforts and provide training on how they can use them to make the organizations more effective.”
“Officer training has been the centerpiece of our program for the past 10 years,” said Gary Wiser, SEIFC executive director. “By transitioning the Victor Felts CORE Institute to the IFC Academy, this partnership will allow us to expand our programming opportunities and outreach to councils in various functional areas.”
Founded in 1909, the NIC is the trade association representing inter/national men’s fraternities. The NIC’s member organizations boast more than 6,000 chapters located on more than 800 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 375,000 undergraduate members and nearly 5 million alumni.