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#WhyUIFI – There’s never been a better time

Emily Carney, Pi Beta Phi, Arizona State University 2015 UIFI Participant, 2017 UIFI Student Coordinator  I had the privilege of attending UIFI in 2015, going into my sophomore year of college. I got increasingly anxious as my session approached, as I had no idea what was in store. As a newer member of my chapter, I was eager to get involved, but was lacking the tools to be an effective servant leader. I was highly intimidated to be around such outstanding leaders, while I had limited experiences. This was especially the case when we discussed the concept of ritual....

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#WhyUIFI – Learning begins at the end of your comfort zone

Brett Polen, Manager of Chapter Development, Sigma Alpha Epsilon UIFI Small Group Facilitator, 2017 & 2018 Last year, a coworker told me about a leadership development program that brings together men and women from different fraternities and sororities to challenge the current way they see Greek life. Summer 2017 was my first experience being a part of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). I trusted the process and have become a very proud advocate for the program and the opportunities it can provide collegiate Greek members. I believe a lot of Greek members fail to take advantage of the opportunity...

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UIFI FGA Communications Toolkit

UIFI FGA COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT Thank you for helping us share UIFI with your MEMBERS! We often hear from past UIFI participants that they wish more people on their campus or within their organization knew about UIFI. Your support is invaluable in spreading the word about this opportunity. UIFI scholarships are available specifically for students who are members of NIC Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) organizations and other emerging and culturally-based fraternities. Here you will find resources for creating emails as well as social media and other digital content about the UIFI experience overall and to communicate specifically about these scholarship opportunities. You can also find more information about UIFI to include in your communication through the quick links on the right.  Because these scholarships are provided out of NIC operating funds, they are first designated to students whose organizations are NIC members. Click here to see a list of NIC member fraternities.  If you know an individual, campus, council or chapter interested in providing scholarship funds for students to attend UIFI, please contact Director of Education and Leadership Development Melissa Kish.  email content Click the link to download. For Mass Email Best for use in your mass email platform/messages coming from org as sender. For Direct Email Best for use when staff member or volunteer sends message directly to a member. For E-newsletter Best for use in message with more than one content focus. ...

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Preserving All-Men’s and All-Women’s Organizations

PRESERVING THE FRATERNITY & SORORITY EXPERIENCE Protecting a Student’s Right to Gather TAKE ACTION For the first time in a decade, Congress is working to reauthorize critical higher education legislation. Using our Action Center, tell Congress to include critical protections for single-sex organizations in the 2018 Higher Education Act. What is the problem? All-men’s and all-women’s organizations, like fraternities and sororities, create a unique community of support on college campuses—a strong network unlike anything else available today. They are the one place, where through a shared experience, young men or women can enjoy a sense of belonging, confidence and personal development. Yet, a student’s first amendment right to freely associate with single-sex organizations has recently come under threat. It is becoming increasingly common for higher education institutions to propose policies aimed at forcing these organizations to become co-ed or to impose other membership policies that would violate a student’s right to freely associate with organizations of their choice. We are asking Congress to include language in the 2018 Higher Education Act that would protect college students’ Freedom of Association rights to join a single-sex organization.  A 2018 poll of public opinion indicates strong support: 77% of adults think students should have the right to gather in the student organization of their choice, on campus or off campus 60% of adults think Congress should pass legislation that allows students to join any campus organization at the...

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Atlantic Claim is Preposterous

In response to an Atlantic opinion piece drawing comparisons between fraternities and gangs: The premise that fraternities share commonalities with gangs is preposterous and an egregious claim. The author makes tenuous correlations at the detriment of thousands of men who gain friendship, support and personal growth from fraternities. While we fully acknowledge fraternities face challenges that are pervasive across the college campuses they reside on, inter/national fraternities, students, alumni and key stakeholders are leading positive change in their communities. From day one, to educate on health and safety and prevent harm, inter/national fraternities provide programming for every member on hazing, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual misconduct prevention. Further, more than ever, fraternity men are stepping up in their campus communities to educate around violence...

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