Greek Life

Training and Development

A major bonus to joining a fraternity or sorority are the training and development opportunities offered through community, council, and chapter activities. Each national organization has minimal requirements for their chapters to achieve for personal growth and development among it's members. They are supplied with the tools to address such topics as campus resources, personal finance, bystander intervention, safe alcohol consumption, event planning, servant leadership, and much more.

Outside of the local chapter, there are a number of campus and national organizational opportunities for fraternity and sorority members to continue their personal growth.

RPTA 490: Fraternity/Sorority Leadership

This two (2) credit hour course is open to all fraternity and sorority members who have an interest in exploring fraternity/sorority life on deeper level. Students will have the opportunity to not only explore fraternity/sorority but also personal leadership styles and how they develop as part of a fraternal organization. Topics will vary from semester but can include:

  • History of Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • Ritual/ritual (Fraternal values in our daily lives)
  • Risk Management
  • Leaving a Legacy

National Interfraternal Honor Societies

Western Illinois University hosts two fraternity/sorority honor societies, Rho Lambda National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society and the Order of Omega National Fraternity/Sorority Honor Society. Both organizations recognize exceptional academic, service, and leadership contributions not only to the fraternity/sorority community, but to Western and the Macomb communities as well.

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President Roundtables and Advisement

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff meet regularly with the leaders of each organization. The staff will provide updates and professional development at a monthly meeting of all presidents. Additionally, the staff supports each President with a monthly one-on-one meeting to discuss anything the office needs clarification on or the organization is struggling with.

L.E.A.D. Series

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Series is designed to help students reach their full leadership potential through interactive workshops. The series features a variety of sessions throughout the semester that focus on student leadership. The workshops are open to all students, regardless of leadership experience.

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Fall Leadership Conference (FLC)

The Fall Leadership Conference is a join venture between the Office of Student Activities Leadership and Fraternity and Sorority Life units. FLC is a one day event that inspires leaders around campus to connect with others. Many fraternities and sororities will support the attendance of both experienced and emerging leaders.

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Regional and National Conferences

Many students involved in fraternity and sorority life will have the opportunity to attend regional or national conventions, retreats, academies, and/or leadership schools. These different opportunities are hosted by individual organizations or regional fraternal affiliations and will focus on personal and organizational leadership and growth. Additionally, many of these opportunities will provide students with a chance to further connect fraternity/sorority to their everyday life.

Some of these opportunities include:

  • Regional Officer Trainings
  • National Conventions
  • Emerging Leader Institutes

Two opportunities financially supported by the governing councils and/or the Office of Student Activities include sponsoring students to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) Central Region Conference. These are great opportunities for our students to dig a little deeper into the meaning and relevance of fraternity and sorority life and benefit our fraternal community.

Recent UIFI Graduates

Name Organization Year
Rebecca Berkshire Sigma Sigma Sigma 2016
Emily Krejci Sigma Sigma Sigma 2016
Stephanie Bergland Phi Sigma Sigma 2017
Arianna Nutile Delta Zeta 2017
Rachel Papiernik Alpha Sigma Alpha 2017
Margarita Sotelo Sigma Lambda Gamma
National Sorority, Inc.
2017
**This list reflects UIFI Graduates within the last three academic years