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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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UIFI Communications Toolkit

UIFI COMMUNICATION TOOLKIT Thank you for helping us share UIFI with your students & MEMBERS! We often hear in feedback 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 to students from all councils, organizations and campuses across the country. Here you will find resources for creating emails as well as social media and other digital content about the UIFI experience and scholarship opportunities. You can also find more information about UIFI through the quick links on the right.  If you are a campus or organization interested in providing scholarship funds for students to attend UIFI, please contact Director of Education and Leadership Development Melissa Kish.  email content Click the links to download. For Campuses For Organizations UIFI one-pager to utilize as email attachment.  l SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT Click the links to download. For Campuses For Organizations  WEB CONTENT Click the links to download. This section will be updated with links and content as we make our way through the “#WhyUIFI” blog series.  PRINT MATERIALS/CONTENT Click the links to download. This section will be updated with links and content as we turn the “#WhyUIFI” blog series into multi-use content.  Images Click the image to open for download. General scholarship graphic, square.  Square graphics for...

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Todd Shelton joins NIC team as Senior Director of Communication

Indianapolis, March 7, 2018—Fraternity Communications Association (FCA) President Todd Shelton will bring nearly two decades of strategic communication experience to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) when he comes on board later this month as Senior Director of Communication. In this role, Shelton will lead communication strategy for the NIC’s grassroots advocacy and government relations efforts to engage fraternity members around key legislative priorities. He will collaborate with the team to proactively tell the story of the fraternity experience and will lead communication around the NIC’s Health & Safety Initiative. Shelton comes to the NIC from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity...

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Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute

Are you a student thinking about attending UIFI? This is the time – and you are the leader. Give us 5 days to prove it! WHY: Now more than ever, we need passionate students like you who want to advance their own leadership potential while collaborating with peers to ensure a positive fraternity/sorority experience – not only for yourself and fellow members, but also for the campuses we call home. We want our communities and organizations to thrive, and to be known for the values upon which we were founded. We also want to provide an experience for you that inspires confidence and success, whether it be in the classroom, at an organization meeting, leading a campus-wide effort, or taking a new job. WHO: UIFI is for any collegiate fraternity or sorority member with the desire to be a strong leader and who believes in the fraternal experience. You do not have to hold a formal leadership role or specific office to attend. WHAT: At UIFI, you’ll learn with and from peers who belong to various organizations and councils. Through exploration of critical issues in thought-provoking activities, the program is intended to help you identify the leader you want to be and where you can make the most impact in your chapter, council or community. Together you’ll define the challenges that our communities face today, and leave excited to address those challenges...

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