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Creating Resilient Organizations: Team building for Fraternity Men

Creating Resilient Organizations: Team building for Fraternity Men Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: This workshop is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of leadership and team development through a combination of information sessions and active participation in cooperative, challenge activities. Introductory activities help students to get to know each other and begin to work together to solve problems and think “out of the box.” Topics to be presented and discussed include the communication process, leadership models and styles, stages of team development, ethics, diversity, and visionary or principle-centered and creative leadership. The course will culminate in the development of personal mission statements and their presentation, along with short group presentations of key learnings. Goals:  To increase knowledge, understanding, and skills related to leadership involved in team building. To increase knowledge and understanding of team development. To become a more effective team member in working with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, philosophies, approaches, strengths, and limitations. Time: 2.5 hours Intended Audience: IFC Leadership, Chapter Leadership Teams, Fraternity Educators, Full Chapter Membership 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 action. More information: Download a one-pager about this program....

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Men Coming of Age in Fraternity

Men Coming of Age in Fraternity Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: Joining a fraternity is often a charged and confusing life stage, not only for the new members themselves, but also for those who live and work with them. A common assumption today holds that it is inevitably a time of anti-social behaviors, like rebellion, withdrawal, excess, and apathy. Not true! In fact, being a new member is a critical in-between time in which we can begin asking the deeply personal questions of identity and purpose that will make us true adults: creative, generative, ready to shepherd coming generations into a vibrant fraternity experience. It is an essential life stage, full of possibility for individual lives as well as the future of our planet. To enable a successful navigation of personal growth, young people need adults who understand the unique features of this life stage. They need mentors who know how to mark transitions in ways meaningful and relevant in the lives of young people. Most of all, they need adults who have been initiated themselves. Goals:  Identify the stakeholders involved in the New Member’s introduction to the chapter. Develop a deeper understanding of our own transitions into adulthood and gain practical skills for the initiation and mentorship of new members. Improve practical skills related to effective and positive engagement and support of New Members that meet the needs...

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Team Building for Fraternity Men: Experiential Learning Retreat

Team Building for Fraternity Men: Experiential Learning Retreat Presenting Partner: Growth Guiders Program Description: This two-session intensive program is designed to increase individuals’ knowledge and understanding of leadership and team development in the fraternity environment through a combination of information sessions and active participation in cooperative, challenge activities. Activities are included in the schedule for both sessions, but particularly emphasized on the second day when the group meets outdoors for group problem-solving activities and hiking (one to two flat miles). Challenge activities are chosen to enhance critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving ability, and ability to work effectively as a team. Activities included also present opportunities for taking leadership roles, recognizing leadership styles, identifying what works and what doesn’t work in given situations, and applying learning to real life situations. Goals:  To increase knowledge and understanding of team development. To become a more effective team member in working with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, philosophies, approaches, strengths, and limitations. To increase knowledge, understanding, and skills related to leadership. To improve skills related to effective problem solving and decision-making. To improve the communication skills of attendees. Time: 2-day retreat (12 hours) Intended Audience: IFC Leadership, Chapter Leadership Teams, Fraternity Educators, Full Chapter Membership 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...

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Redefining Brotherhood: New Member Education Edition

Redefining Brotherhood: New Member Education Edition Presenter: Dr. Gentry McCreary Presenting Partner: Dyad Strategies Program Description: Hazing persists in the college fraternity because young men seek meaningful rites of passage in joining our communities. The easiest way for chapters to create this meaningful experience is to put new members through a difficult and often dangerous pledge program wrought with physical, verbal and emotional abuse. This program will provide chapter leaders with an alternative framework for new member education, focusing on the creation of deep emotional bonds, belonging, emotional commitment and brotherhood. Goals: Participants will be able to: Articulate both the positive and negative aspects of each of the four schema of brotherhood. Place increased emphasis on the creation of belonging in new member education and decreased emphasis on the creation of solidarity in new member education. Implement education programs designed to elicit vulnerability through deep emotional conversations among and between new members. Implement education programs designed to promote informal accountability and healthy confrontation among and between new members. Redesign their entire membership education processes using a framework designed to provide a meaningful rite of passage while promoting organizational values, accountability to those values, belonging, and emotional commitment. Time: 4 hours Intended Audience: Chapter executive boards, specifically including new member educators and their assistants/committees. Partner Bio: Dyad Strategies is a consulting firm that partners with campuses and headquarters to measure and improve...

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Thrive: Preparing New Members for Success

Thrive: Preparing New Members for Success Presenting Partner: RISE Partnerships Program Description: The first few months of a new member’s experience sets the tone for the rest of their lives. If fraternal organizations hope to keep members engaged, retained, satisfied, and prepared to meet expectations, they have to get this process right. Through a series of interactive lessons, Thrive helps leadership teams critique and improve their organization’s new member experience. Along the way, they address underlying challenges in the organization’s culture and learn how to sustain changes for the long-term. This program provides a safe place to restructure questionable activities and gain expert feedback without fear of judgement or consequence. Goals: As a result of participating, each organization’s leadership team: Is better able to articulate the purpose of their new member process. Adopts healthier mental models to guide their new member process. Can explain the science behind how learning and relationship building truly work. Makes small changes to make existing activities more meaningful, effective, and safe. Gains the knowledge, skills, and techniques to implement changes in their organization. As a result of these outcomes, the organization’s new members will: Form stronger connections. Learn more about the organization. Are better prepared to be involved as leaders. Time: 3 hours Intended Audience: Groups of 3-5 leaders from each organization, including new member education teams and presidents, up to 100 participants. Partner Bio: RISE...

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