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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Leadership and Service

Joining a fraternity or sorority is about more than just friendship! Members are encouraged to give back to the community through service initiatives, which may be organized by the office, the governing council and the individual chapter. The office also provides different events throughout the year that encourages members to focus on their own personal and professional development.

 

During the EmpowHER Conference (previously known as the Women’s Leadership Conference), sorority women will engage in interactive presentations and activities, and participate in personal reflection related to: mental health; relationships; advocacy; diversity and inclusion; leadership and career; and other topical issues. Registration is open to all sorority members, including new and general members.

Conference date: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

Interested in attending? Register today!

Interested in presenting? Submit a proposal by Aug. 12 at midnight!

During the MoMENtum Conference (previously known as the Men’s Leadership Conference), fraternity men will engage in interactive presentations and activities, and participate in personal reflection related to: mental health; relationships; advocacy; diversity and inclusion; leadership and career; and other topical issues. Registration is open to all fraternity members, including new and general members.

Conference date: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

Interested in attending? Register today!

Interested in presenting? Submit a proposal by Aug. 12 at midnight!

Every year, Greek Village opens to children from the university family and the greater Columbia community for trick-or-treating. Chapters put together carnival games such as face painting, cake walks, balloon darts, bounce houses and more to entertain children.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

 Once a year, our chapter and council leaders dedicate themselves to a day of networking, leadership development, and officer-specific training. The Greek Leadership Conference has 10+ tracks to help chapters and community leaders make the most of their formalized leadership position, learn about campus and community policy, and network with other similar officers.

The 2020 date will be announced in the fall 2019 semester.

The Greek New Member Experience aims to help the newly initiated members of our community build connections with other affiliated-students, learn more about our overall fraternal community, and participate in an immersive community-building experience!

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Every organization requires a minimum service hour requirement for their chapter members, so GREEKServe is a monthly service opportunity open to all members of our fraternal community. Service initiatives vary between neighborhood clean-ups with the Office of Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations or volunteering at a local organization in the greater Columbia area. Registration is required.

  • Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • Thursday, Oct. 24
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20

Registration

We hope to provide small-group opportunities for chapter officers and members to engage with one another, share strategies, and receive informal training and support. Roundtable topics vary and advanced registration is not required.

Leadership
Tuesday, Sept. 10 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | Academic Support for New Members | Audience: Academic/Scholarship Chairs and New Member Educators

Thursday, Sept. 26 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | Engaging Your Alumni | Audience: Alumni Relations Chairs

Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | Preparation for Graduate School | Audience: All members

Thursday, Oct. 3 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | How to Utilize Your Faculty Advisor | Audience: Academic/Scholarship Chairs

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 2:15 p.m. | RH 305 | Supporting a Diverse Membership | Audience: All members

Friday, Nov. 8 | 2:15 p.m. | RH 305 | Officer Transitions | Audience: All Outgoing Officers


Harm Reduction

Wednesday, Sept. 4 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | CPA New Member Education Best Practices | Audience: CPA New Member Educators

Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | House Party Safety | Audience: NPHC and MGC members

Wednesday, Oct. 16 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | Creating More Thoughtful Sanctions | Audience: Accountability/Judicial/Standards Chairs

Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | Hosting Alumni Events with Alcohol | Audience: MGC and NPHC members

Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | Event Notification Process and Event Management | Audience: Social Chairs, Risk Managers, and Event Planners

Greek Ambassadors serve as the official representatives of the University of South Carolina’s fraternal community. They stand to positively promote a comprehensive and accurate view of the Greek experience to prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, and the greater Columbia area. Responsibilities include participation in Admissions events, GreekSERVE, new student orientation, and other leadership programming.

Interested in becoming a Greek Ambassador?
Email Elizabeth Longmire.

Fraternities and sororities are committed to their members having a fun, memorable, and safe Greek experience. Included in the Annual Chapter Expectations (ACE) program, are educational opportunities for chapters to host conversations with their members on topics related to risk management and harm reduction.

Questions? Contact Assistant Director of Harm Reduction and Compliance, Tad Derrick.

Greeks Get Hired is a new program from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Specifically designed for our graduating members in mind, Greeks Get Hired is a comprehensive, career-readiness program that seeks to prepare fraternity and sorority members for life beyond college.

The Greeks Get Hired program will offer a series of workshops and those that attend eight (8) different workshops throughout the year will graduate from the program, receive a graduation certificate and incentive, and be able to add the certification to your resume! Topics may include preparing your resume and cover letter, networking with alumni, personal branding, negotiations, job search strategies, diversity in the workplace, and more.

Interested in more information about the Greeks Get Hired program? Complete the interest form

 

Love reading? Want to meet other fraternity and sorority members? The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is starting an FSL Book Club. Small groups of individuals will share a common reading goal—often related to leadership, current events, identity, or the fraternal experience—and meet at least once a month to discuss relevant topics and issues.

FSL Book Club information is being finalized, but an interest form is available if you'd like to receive more information as it becomes available. 

 

 


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