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Melissa Kish Joins NIC Team As Director of Education and Leadership Development

Indianapolis, Oct. 16, 2017—Melissa Kish has developed and facilitated student programming across the fraternal and higher education community for more than 10 years and will soon bring this breadth of experience to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) education team. Joining staff Nov. 13 as Director of Education and Leadership Development, Kish will manage curriculum design, delivery and assessment for the NIC’s premier and long-standing programming. She will also help shape and execute new programs like PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents, being held for the first time in January 2018, and will identify and address emerging educational needs that...

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Men’s Conversations: A Retreat for College Men

Presenting Partner: The Leadership and Training Studio Program Description: This 2- to 3-day retreat experience encompasses six dynamic courses for men’s personal and leadership development. We are on a mission to talk about the work of men who are courageous leaders, and to discuss the tough topics that leaders face as well as how to create a vision to serve. (1) Cast a Vision During this session, we explore the strengths of leaders and cast a vision based on the values and principles of your institution and organization. We will consider our pain and passion points, but more importantly cast a personal vision. This will serve as the base for all of our other work. For instance – do you want to serve as a mentor to sales students, do you want to help fund programs for the homeless, or do you want to serve as a committee member to support the work of the environment? No matter what your personal vision is, it’s important to craft the space and focus on the ideas – with the support of other men. Goals By the end of this session, participants will be able to: Build the case for long-term leadership Define areas of pain and passion List the personal dreams that feel impossible Create a plan to make impossible things become inevitable Create a first draft of a leadership vision Practice brainstorming...

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Men and Masculinity

Presenting Partner: The Leadership and Training Studio Program Description: It’s time to discuss a critical topic regarding the state of men on college campuses. In this session, we explore the roles and identities of men while talking about the high cost of hyper-masculinity. We also have conversations about how participants can become the men they want to be.         Goals: By the end of this course, participants will be able to: Define masculinity Redefine masculinity Identify the fears of college men List who and what influences men Create a healthy man box Identify the cost of hyper-masculinity Choose and list the values of authentic men Time: 1.5 – 2 hours Intended Audience: Chapter leaders, members and new members Partner Bio:  The mission of the Leadership and Training Studio (LTS) is to support the growth of individuals and teams by giving them time to think, reflect and gain new super-cognitive knowledge. The LTS was founded by Erin Fischer, a graduate of Indiana University, who considers herself a leadership nerd and a woman on a mission to help teams and individuals excel at what they do. “I love the idea of challenging people and being challenged myself and I LIVE for the ‘aha’ moment – both yours and mine.” Booking Information: Connect with The LTS here. More Information: Visit The LTS website for more...

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“Wait what? I don’t get him.” An Exploration into Cultural Competence

Presenting Partner: The Leadership and Training Studio Program Description: When discussing tough topics like cultural barriers, one of two things often happens. Either we avoid all discussion on diversity and inclusions, or we make mistakes because of our blind spots. In this course, we talk about personal identities as well as construct awareness around our differences in order to become more proficient in the area of cultural competence. We will explore being mindful as well as identify the best tips for valuable conversations. We also practice inclusion conversations as a team.       Goals: By the end of the course, participants will be able to: Reflect on cultural experiences, both positive and negative Discuss potential experiences and conversations on campuses Create a personal identity wheel Explain the dichotomies on each wheel (i.e. visible or invisible, inborn or chosen, permanent or changeable, socially valued or socially marginalized) Review the spectrum of sexual orientation Identify ways to have mindful cultural competence Practice inclusion conversations Identify tips on working with students Time: 1.5 to 2 hours Intended Audience: Chapter leaders, members and new members Partner Bio:  The mission of the Leadership and Training Studio (LTS) is to support the growth of individuals and teams by giving them time to think, reflect and gain new super-cognitive knowledge. The LTS was founded by Erin Fischer, a graduate of Indiana University, who considers herself a leadership nerd and...

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NIC Adopts Enhanced Health and Safety Standards

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Max Gruver’s family and the Louisiana State University community. Our team will be in Baton Rouge this weekend to assist the community during this difficult period. Last spring, I shared my reflections about the Uncomfortable Truth of working with students today. Recent examples remind us that more rules, policies and enforcement by adults alone isn’t enough to change campus culture. We must utilize the most powerful force for positive change — student leadership, but we need to take strong action to provide guidance and an effective framework for that leadership and governance....

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