Graduate Student Encounter

In a partnership between The Northeast Greek Leadership Association and ForCollegeForLife, if you're a graduate student attending the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference then this program is designed for you!

 

It is easy to get lost in the sorority and fraternity world. There are so many exciting adventures and opportunities. Sorority and fraternity work is complex, which means there are the decisions that we make with ease and there are the decisions that give us headaches. There are professionals who have come before us and created pathways, walkways, trails and we are eager to create roads, bridges, and ladders for those who come after us. It is essential that new practitioners have clarity around who they are, what they believe, what they are passionate about, and what they want to teach others. New practitioners must create their own plan for success and define what failure looks like for them.

To participate in the Graduate Student Encounter, register for the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference.

 

What will the experience look like?

The Graduate Student Encounter, comprised of five 60-minute educational sessions, is best experienced by attending all sessions (but participants are welcome to join the sessions that work for them). The education team from ForCollegeForLife has collaborated with NGLA to offer three programs on Friday, February 25 as part of this experience:

  • It’s Not You, It’s Me presented by Billy Boulden and Dr. Marlon Gibson
  • Expression Matters presented by Chris Molina
  • You Have all the Tools You Need to Be Successful presented by Billy Boulden and Jasmine C. Williams

 

It’s Not You, It’s Me presented by Billy Boulden and Dr. Marlon Gibson

Friday, February 25 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET

Success isn’t just about what you do, but it is about you also inspiring others to do. As a sorority and fraternity professional it is easy to become discouraged when you are frequently judged by the standards and performance of others (intake/recruitment numbers, risk management issues, etc.). Developing a personal plan for success will equip sorority and fraternity professionals with the necessary skills to remain resilient and relevant in a field that is known for high turnover. Participants in this program will explore strategies for a successful career in sorority and fraternity programs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify four key strategies for success as a professional in higher education.
  • Develop a personal action plan with benchmarks to measure success.
  • Identify their identities and ways to talk about lived experiences of their own and their students.
  • Demonstrate the value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to campus stakeholders.

 

Expression Matters presented by Chris Molina

Friday, February 25 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET

While some people think grad school is just a continuation of undergrad, and others think it's the highest (untouchable) level of our social caste system...the reality is, like most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Another truth is that this is a major transition...there will be a learning-curve. Like all other transitions & learning curves, you either feel like a 'brand new' version of yourself is needed OR you feel like 'I'm not changing myself at all'. Again, the truth...YOUR truth lies somewhere in the middle. Staying true to who you are is important. Many grad students burn out (early & often) because they struggle with expressing their thoughts, ideas, and/or emotions in this new environment.

This program is designed to equip grad students with the tools to understand how to authentically express themselves. More than anything, Chris wants attendees to know they can express themselves openly, and genuinely, in all situations without putting their integrity on-the-line. He wants you to live authentically.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand your non-negotiables regarding your authentic expression.
  • Consider how we can hurt or uplift others with the words we use.
  • Apply communication techniques that will allow for smoother interpersonal interactions.

 

You Have all the Tools You Need to Be Successful presented by Billy Boulden and Jasmine C. Williams

Friday, February 25 from 4:15pm - 5:15pm ET

What  happens when you have to have experience to get the job, but you need the job to get the experience? Grad students often struggle with finding ways to articulate that they have the experience needed in the job market. Understanding how to craft your content for any audience is a critical skill in landing that job offer. The biggest fear of every graduate student is being UNEMPLOYED. Understanding the hiring process creates opportunities for graduate students to tailor their experience to meet the needs of the job market. Whether it is an interview or a presentation, public speaking is a crucial career skill. To be hirable, graduate students must learn to balance who they are and what they believe in with institutional priorities without sacrificing core belief systems. In this session, graduate students will explore their sense of purpose in higher education, critically examine their experiences, and establish goals for their professional career, and practice completing job applications.

This program is designed to coach graduate students through the job search process by acknowledging and naming obstacles and barriers in the way.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify fears, obstacles, and barriers for starting a career.
  • Develop strategies for overcoming and working around fears, obstacles and barriers.
  • Map current experiences and responsibilities to job postings and experience.

 

Who Should Attend?

Graduate students attending the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference are welcome.

 

How Much Is It?

This program is free for anyone registered for the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference.

 

Where and When Is It?

The Graduate Student Encounter, exclusively for participants of the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference, is a five-hour series spanning two days:

  • Friday, February 25 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET
  • Friday, February 25 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
  • Friday, February 25 from 4:15pm - 5:15pm ET
  • Saturday, February 26 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET
  • Saturday, February 26 from 1:15pm - 2:15pm ET

 

Participants will engage in live sessions in Baltimore as part of the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference.

 

Who is Presenting?

ForCollegeForLife is the primary host of the Graduate Student Encounter. Additional program information will be shared in December.