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.

 

OCTOBER NGLA SPOTLIGHT

NGLA would like to recognize the award recipients of the 2019 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Civic Engagement:

Winners

Chi Upsilon Sigma National Sorority, Inc., The College of New Jersey

The Delta Chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma National Sorority, Inc. hosts a Making Achievement Continuous Conference (MACC) every year and is developed to focus on one of the organization’s four awarenesses: political, educational, social, and cultural. The overall purpose of the conference is to create an atmosphere where students can take the time to learn about an important topic in a professional setting and leave with new knowledge in the hopes of enhancing their collegiate experience and developing their skills as active learners and community leaders. Each year, the topic is chosen based on something current and pressing with the goal to engage the campus and be applicable to the student body. For their 24th MACC, they chose the theme of This is America: Uncensored. The students had guest speakers and professors come and present on topics which focused around the idea of “What really is Modern Day America?” The conference was broken into two tracks, 1) What you can do for your country, and 2) What can your country do for you? Some examples of workshops included Double Standards in the Workplace and the Unequal Education System. In addition, the chapter creates a $250 scholarship that is presented to a student during the Conference and helped first year students to experience a large scale conference which resulted in the encouragement to become leaders in their own communities.

 

Interfraternity Council, Quinnipiac University

The Interfraternity Council at Quinnipiac University hit the ground running chose to create philanthropy as a council that all of the respective chapters could support, No Shave November. This was chosen because it was a cause that would be able to unite the council outside of their individual chapter affiliations. The council would help each individual chapter raise money for men’s cancer research during the entire year rather than just in November. Additionally, during the month of November specific programs were hosted for a Week of Awareness. Some programs including tabling and handling out slips of paper with cancer related information to lead to an open dialogue, as well as bringing food trucks to campus to help raise money for research. They used peer education to inform others on the various types of cancers and bring the fraternity and sorority community together. The focus of the initiative was to educate students rather than collect money.

 

Greek Community, University of Rhode Island

Each year URI Greek Life hosts a week long fundraising initiative in the fall called Philanthropy Week. The goal of this week is to promote their core value of service through volunteer opportunities, fundraising, awareness of local and global causes. Following their success of hosting their first ever Dance Marathon, or as they call it RhodyThon, they knew their new focus of their philanthropy was going to be the Children’s Miracle Network and therefore make this year’s theme “The Year of the Kids.” Their philanthropy week consisted of several programs that incorporated many levels of service and made a huge impact where funds raised were for Circle of Sisterhood and Camp Eureka. These students thought critically about the needs of the community and their own experiences, and how they could create an event that reflected that. To improve their fundraising skills, this community enhanced their online fundraising campaign in addition to their other programming. As a result of the students' dedication and focus on making Philanthropy Week better, they raised over $76,000. In addition, students were able to learn about the need for education in and out of the classroom, and how their fundraising has impacted those right in their own community.