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LETTER FROM NIC PRESIDENT ON BLANKET, COMMUNITY-WIDE ACTIONS

Good afternoon, A lot of you, our campus partners, have asked for “the NIC’s position on system-wide actions” since several communities have recently resorted to various forms of blanket actions. First and foremost–we agree student safety must be our top priority. We also agree we need to hold students accountable for not meeting our shared expectations. As we talk about advancing communities, I think it’s important for everyone to understand the fundamental assumptions that guided the development of the NIC’s Vision for Fraternity Communities: There is no silver bullet: If there was one solution to fix negative aspects of campus cultures, it would have been done by now. Complex problems require multiple strategies working in coordination over a sustained period to foster dramatic change. Collaboration fosters commitment: A top-down strategy of issuing a bunch of new policies without buy-in isn’t going to move the needle. Engaging stakeholders in solutions that impact their lives fosters the commitment required for authentic change. Global strategy, local tactics: Each campus requires customized solutions that align with the industry’s direction and its unique environment. One block at a time: Campus cultural change will not happen overnight. Each campus needs an intentional, phased approach that moves its local culture in a positive direction.   So, here is why the NIC opposes blanket community actions: It disincentivizes following the rules and taking care of each other, since responsible students are...

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NIC Meeting of Members

Two Meetings, One Trip NIC Annual Meeting of Members To provide maximum value for member fraternities, the NIC’s Annual Meeting of Members is now being held in conjunction with the NIC Foundation’s THE Foundations Seminar, Aug. 28-30, 2017. NIC Annual Meeting of Members: Aug. 28-29, 2017 NICF THE Foundations Seminar: Aug. 28-30, 2017 Fraternity and foundation staff and volunteers, as well as NIC and NICF Alliance Partners, will now be able to attend both conferences in one trip to Indianapolis, saving organizational resources while delivering greater benefit for each attendee. Both conferences will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. You can register for and attend either meeting or both through the Dual Program Experience. Why Attend the “Dual Program Experience”? Successful foundations help sustain successful fraternities. Holding these meetings concurrently will offer fraternity and foundation staff members a full slate of programming options—more than 50 breakout sessions and 5 general sessions and keynotes—that not only provide professional development in their specific functional area, but also expands knowledge across the organization. Before registering, be sure to read about the registration options below and discuss the bundled registration option with your foundation staff.  Special Meetings on Sunday, Aug. 27 As part of the NIC Annual Meeting of Members, we will also host the: First-ever Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) Symposium, targeted to emerging and culturally-based   fraternities. Learn more below. This is a full...

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‘Change Leader’ Blaine Ayers to Join NIC Team

Indianapolis, January 10, 2017—After five years as Sigma Alpha Epsilon Executive Director—during which he led the fraternity’s evolution in critical areas—Blaine Ayers will join the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) staff in the role of Vice President of Campus Operations – Southeast. “Blaine has been a change leader for Sigma Alpha Epsilon,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras. “His skills, experience, and approach with students and alumni makes him the perfect person to support campuses in the Southeast.” Under his direction, Sigma Alpha Epsilon implemented the True Gentleman Experience, shifting from pledge education to a holistic member development program....

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Veronica Moore to Join NIC as Director of Emerging & Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives

Indianapolis, December 12, 2016—Exhibiting strong commitment to emerging and culturally-based fraternities, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) welcomes Veronica Moore to its team. As the Director of Emerging & Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives, Moore will develop educational programs for these NIC groups, as well as focus on their advocacy within higher education. She will advance collaboration, resources and services to support the continued growth and development of organizations in the Fraternity Growth Accelerator, an initiative established in the historic NIC 2.0 reforms. Moore is joining the staff after completing her term as President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors earlier this...

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Programming Partners

Everything centers on the aspiration to engender "Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience." Programming Partners To achieve the Vision for Fraternity Communities (VFC)—Engendering Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience, the NIC has partnered with content experts to provide programming and interventions in key areas. Research shows the need and benefit of focusing programming on these critical topics to cultivate fraternity men and address alcohol abuse. Men’s Development Programming— The NIC has partnered with experts in men’s development to provide programming on manhood and healthy masculinity. Rites of Passage Programming— “Joining a fraternity is often a charged and confusing life stage, not only for the new members, but also for those who live and work with them,” as one of the NIC’s programming partners puts it. The NIC has partnered with experts to help men explore positive, meaningful rites of passage in their fraternity experience. Sexual Misconduct Prevention Programming— The NIC has partnered with renowned experts on sexual health, sexual misconduct, and bystander intervention to provide resources to help fraternity men and their campus peers be leaders in eliminating sexual assault. Bystander Intervention Programming— Helping students feel and be prepared to intervene when injustice or assault is happening is critical for creating safer and healthier communities. The NIC has partnered with experts in bystander intervention to provide programs for fraternity and sorority members. Social Norming Interventions— The NIC’s Campus Support Model includes services designed to assess social...

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