NGLA Spotlight

NGLA educates leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values.

The NGLA Spotlight features fraternity and sorority chapters, councils, communities, and individuals who demonstrate commitment to the fraternal movement and help advance the NGLA Mission and Vision.

 

FEBRUARY NGLA SPOTLIGHT

This month, we'd like to recognize the award recipients of the 2019 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Chapter Development & Leadership:

Winners

Alpha Omicron Pi, Bryant University

When it comes to successful organizations, most chapters host some type of leadership retreat to reflect on the effectiveness of the organization and plan for the future. The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi host a retreat to reflect on the effectiveness of their chapter, personal growth as leaders, and the effectiveness in their roles, while also working with other chapters to learn best practices. The conference is designed to create higher attendance at programming during the year and generate more involvement and accountability of the chapter’s success. Some examples of workshops during this conference include learning about healthy food choices and learning about their organization’s philanthropy in more detail. This program left sisters inspired and taught them how our hardships and accomplishments affect our growth in becoming a leader.

 

Greek Senate, Kean University

The Greek Senate at Kean University hosts a large scale conference prior to the New Member Process to ensure the proper education of the entire community. The goal of this conference is to cultivate habits of discipline, academic and civic competence, as well as understanding how individuals are motivated and what activities and gestures are of most value to them. These students have a shared vision of aiming to become the finest version of themselves by leading through and from their values. The students who organized the conference began with an engaging and energizing topic in the morning, and kept them engaged all day through topics such as internal and external factors affecting their organization, mental health, and collaboration and support amongst other chapters. The most important part of this event is the reflection aspect. This conference is consistently growing and looking to improve itself. The students always assess their abilities and actions to see if they are aligning with their values and mission or if they are counterintuitive. They are not afraid to take a risk and make a change, and as a result continue to yield positive feedback from current students, alumni, and peers.

 

Greek Community, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

The fraternity and sorority community at NYIT recognizes that there is always room to grow as a fraternity/sorority community. Over this past summer, students worked with staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to create Greek Academy in which organizations were able to create individualized performance plans. These plans allowed the community as a whole to work on areas of growth such as brand identity, growth versus fixed mindset, time management. In addition to the individualized plans, students participated in leadership development trainings on topics such as effective recruitment and retention, transparency between students and office staff, and general chapter management. While the program is still new, immediate improvements have been seen on campus and we look forward to their continued success.

 

Honorable Mention

Panhellenic Association, University of Rhode Island

The Panhellenic Association at the University of Rhode Island created a program entitled “The Junior Panhellenic.” During this year long program, first year members of each of the member sorority participate in bi-weekly programs focusing on topics with the goals of creating personal growth, community growth, and sisterhood across the chapters. The topics that are included in this program focus on education of the URI Greek System, leadership opportunities in the Greek system as well as other opportunities on campus, developing and understanding their leadership style, addressing Greek problems, and risk management. The reason behind this program is that newer members were not getting involved in their organization or on campus. As a result, there was a disconnect between leadership when older members would graduate. Through this program, women are able to grow in their leadership capability and contribute ideas from early on to help create positive change to their campus.