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Frat v. Fraternity: Who Wins the Cage Match?

Frat v. Fraternity: Who Wins the Cage Match? Presenter: Dave Westol Presenting Partner: Limberlost Consulting Program Description: Are you tired of hearing about fundraising when a hazing death occurs? “It’s the media” when chapters ring up multiple charges and issues? And “Never admit, always deny”? When you’re ready for change, let’s talk. First, we’ll determine where we are. That’s the easy part. The tough part: Determining where you, as our fraternity men, want to go. Most people look at what we do and who we are rather than listening to what we as fraternity men say we are. In this session we will confront your reality, deconstruct the frat mentality and build the fraternity identity for your campus. Leave the rationalizations and excuses at the door, please. This session is for leaders and those who intend to lead your chapters and community. Goals: To discuss and confront the reality of the image of fraternities on the campus. To connect social norms with the frat image and contrast that with reality—what people really think and do. To define ourselves, our chapters and our community by our actions in all ways—not just fundraising or service hours. To set specific and measurable goals for our community to achieve. Time: Two options: A Friday night/Saturday morning/afternoon schedule with Friday night devoted to evaluation and assessment of the status quo and Saturday devoted to development of...

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Got Your 9? This Isn’t Just On Us, Men—It Is Us

Got Your 9? This Isn’t Just On Us, Men—It Is Us Presenter: Dave Westol Presenting Partner: Limberlost Consulting Program Description: The game has changed. Fraternity men can be leaders against sexist and misogynistic behavior and sexual violence in all forms, or we can status quo our way into the 2020s as we maintain our negative reputation as enablers and primary violators of Title IX. One glance at our creeds, mission statements and public rituals confirms what we claim to be, and in this session we will apply practical and tactical to those principles and concepts. We’ll review Title IX, the implications for men’s fraternities and what we can do at all levels to become the go-to organizations for change and improvement. Time: 90 minutes Intended Audience: A majority of members from each men’s fraternity including the social chairman, the risk manager and the president Presenter Bio: David Westol is an alumnus of Michigan State University and The Detroit College of Law. He served as Advisor to the IFC at Michigan State; as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for nine years and as CEO of his national fraternity for 18 years. Dave has been recognized by 14 men’s and women’s national organizations and the NIC for his interfraternal service. He has spoken on over 475 campuses and frequently consults with chapters and councils during visits. More information: Download a one-pager about this program. Booking...

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Rites of Passage Retreat

Rites of Passage Retreat Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: In this advanced retreat in ceremonial design and ritual practice, attendees will look more closely at the nature of self-generated ceremonies that honor the healthy maturation of self and other members of their chapter. Drawing upon ideas of the Indigenous peoples, the retreat will bring together the introductory workshops – Useful and True Ceremonies and Ritualism & Sacred Experiences to further develop the competencies associated with leading healthy Rights of Passage for groups. Participants will be invited to design their own self-generated healing ceremony and then we will enact those ceremonies in the presence of fellow attendees. Previous experience with ritual enactment is highly recommended. Goals:  Identify how to work through a design process for rituals and ceremonies. Apply organizational & community values along with Fraternity ethics throughout the design process. Present the opportunity for attendees to create a personalized ceremony for working on Rights of Passage at home in their own chapters. Time: 2-day retreat (12 hours) Intended Audience: IFC Leadership, Chapter Leadership Teams, Fraternity Educators & Ritualists, Chapter Advisors Partner Bio: Growth Guiders believes in delivering inspirational programs ranging from small group facilitation to large group keynotes to academic presentations at professional conferences. Growth Guiders takes extra steps to ensure that our learning experiences not only engage students, but lead them on a path to discovery and extend learning into...

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Sacred Experiences: The Design and Ceremonies of Rights of Passage

Sacred Experiences: The Design and Ceremonies of Rights of Passage Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: This workshop guides attendees on the journey of transforming a space into a sacred place. We can all intentionally create areas to reflect, recharge, celebrate, or to promote any soulful growth a chapter can imagine. Sacred space can be created in any environment, individually or in a collaborative group. In this hands-on workshop, attendees collaborate together on a design for a Rite of Passage. They begin by preparing the area and one another through a process that can carry on throughout all rituals and ceremonies that chapters practice. The process of design will encourage everyone to engage in collaborative group work and observing the space being designed by each other. Goals:  Identify how to work through a design process for rituals and ceremonies. Apply organizational & community values along with Fraternity ethics throughout the design process. Present the opportunity for attendees to create a personalized ceremony for working on Rights of Passage at home in their own chapters. Time: 2.5 hours Intended Audience: IFC Leadership, Chapter Leadership Teams, Fraternity Educators & Ritualists, Chapter Advisors Partner Bio: Growth Guiders believes in delivering inspirational programs ranging from small group facilitation to large group keynotes to academic presentations at professional conferences. Growth Guiders takes extra steps to ensure that our learning experiences not only engage students, but lead them...

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Useful and True Ceremonies and Ritualism, An Introduction

Useful and True Ceremonies and Ritualism, An Introduction Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: Ritual comes in many shapes and will be created and practiced by humans for all of time – as it helps us find meaning and create meaningful connection within our lives. Big or small, private or public, religious or secular – ritual spans from the simplest “Hello” to the highest of sacred practice. Ritual is a critical part of our ever-evolving lives. The symbolic art of initiation – for example, those rituals that provide a clear transition from new member to brother or that mark the change of responsibility and expectations – is seemingly being lost in our conglomerate of worldly traditions. Many of us have not been mentored into the art of creating or leading soulful (big or small) ritual within our communities – this is often something that we leave for gurus, specialist, elders, or just someone other than ourselves. This introduction workshop is meant to help you awaken the ritual focused leader in each man, to ignite a healthy and authentic inner-Ritualist. Attendees will see just how easy it is to bring meaningful rituals into the chapter and community as well as smaller every-day personal practices. We all, as humans, have both the need and capacity for powerful ritual. Goals:  Increase the ability to recognize and appreciate the value of rituals. Foster a...

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