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.

 

NOVEMBER NGLA SPOTLIGHT

This month, we'd like to recognize the award recipients of the 2019 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Risk Reduction:

Winners

Alpha Sigma Alpha, Rochester Institute of Technology

The Gamma Iota chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha chose to use interactive and engaging method to educate their chapter on FIPG Guidelines and Values-Based Decision Making through two separate events. The first event used soda, juice, and water in place of alcohol and had speakers discuss the risks of alcohol usage. Afterwards, the sisters applied it to their personal lives as to how these women can individually help reduce risky situations. This effort was also designed to align with the chapter’s national values and truly understand FIPG more than just knowing what the rules are. It allowed each member to reflect on their personal decision and the impact it makes beyond themselves. This event was designed for members of this specific chapter, but was so popular that members of other chapters on campus were seen participating as well. The event received positive feedback from its members and across the institution, for its forward thinking in education, risk management, and ensuring students are prepared in the event of risk related situations. Additionally, the chapter had a post event discussion where they critically evaluated the effectiveness of their program and began to make modifications for better results for next year.

 

Panhellenic Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Panhellenic Associate at MIT created a program that seeks to enhance the ability of sorority chapters and leadership to educate their members on how to navigate risk and wellness issues in effective and high-impact ways. Their program is known as S.T.A.R. (Sorority Trainings for Addressing Risk); the current program was updated to be more interactive, so members participate in the programming and walk away with a greater sense of safety, and to complement the programming already being done on a chapter or national level. Specifically, the program has six modules, bystander intervention, mental health, and sexual assault awareness, which are scheduled annually, and substance abuse, women’s health, and healthy relationships, which are scheduled biannually. To complete each module, the chapter’s STAR Coordinator must work with the chapter in planning a program that covers one of those topics and has a minimum of 50% attendance. As a result of this program, chapters have  become more interested in collaborations, cross-chapter trainings, and sharing resources in an effort to better educate their members and work towards the successful development of their members.

 

Greek Community, University of Rhode Island

The Greek community at the University of Rhode Island chose to focus on the topic of mental health and its relation to risk reduction. This community felt that as a whole, mental health is not given adequate attention and up until recently has been considered taboo, especially in fraternity and sorority life. As a result, they chose to create Mental Health Chairs. The role of these chairs is to serve as an additional source for students providing information of on and off campus resources. The hope is that these people will be able to help connect students and organizations with mental health professionals and to create more mental health programming as well as partnering with their risk manager to create safer events for members. Many students at this community would leave an organization due to balancing academics and organization responsibilities, and other personal reasons. The hope is that with the addition of this role, students will be able to have the resources to advocate for themselves.

 

Honorable Mention

Kappa Sigma, Stevens Institute of Technology

Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Stevens Institute of Technology chose to host a series of programs over the academic year focusing on risk reduction and education to help hold their brothers more accountable and ensure they are meeting both university and national policies. This year, the chapter chose to focus their education on mental health awareness and resources available. The men partnered with the Counseling and Psychological Resources Center (CAPS) to help train the brothers on how to recognize certain mental health issues and what resources are available. Additionally, to advocate for overall wellness, the brothers partners with a sorority on campus to host a yoga and mindfulness event on campus.