Educational Programming

Educational programming

Educational opportunities support our mission of creating healthy, safe, inclusive and supportive environments within the sorority and fraternity community. Our staff is focused on creating educational opportunities that support leadership development and behavior change. We ensure that all educational initiatives focus on promoting our Standards of Excellence and developing our Core Membership Outcomes of:

  • Belonging
  • Operational Excellence
  • Relationships
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Wellbeing

Individual member programming

An expectation of membership in the IU sorority and fraternity community is completing relevant and timely programming that supports individuals’ knowledge and skills that promote and maintain supportive environments. Programs are based on the length of an individual’s membership in their organization:

Required programming

Online program provided to members of sororities and fraternities who are serving as Event Monitors at social events. The training covers details of OSFL’s Social Events Policy, and emergent situations in which to intervene and resources available for support and assistance. The training also covers best practices for risk management, being mindful and aware of unsafe incidents that could take place at a social event. This includes strategies of where to place Event Monitors to prevent individuals as well as strategies to intervene. The Event Monitor Training online program is followed up with a tailorable and council specific program to better apply the information learned to their chapter’s processes and risk management policies.

An evidence-informed, interactive bystander intervention program. The purpose of this program is to educate students on consent communication, harm reduction strategies around substance use, and empower students to help prevent sexual violence, particularly in situations involving alcohol and drug use.

  • Supplemental program available for new members in IFC chapters titled It’s On Us for IFC
  • University-wide requirement; Coordinated by the Office for Sexual Violence Preventioin and Victim Advocacy

Neophyte Retreat onboards the newest members of MGC and NPHC to the sorority and fraternity community. Neophyte Retreat covers several health and safety programs (e.g., Party Smarter and Step UP!) and leadership programs within one day. Neophyte Retreat happens each semester and is facilitated by a mixture of council advisors and peer educators.

You can see updated deadlines for programming on the Important Dates and Calendar webpage. If you’re interested in serving as a Leadership, Prevention, and Wellness Educator who helps facilitate these programs, visit our Get Involved with OSFL page to learn more.

In-person discussion-based safe alcohol and substance use education program. The program focuses on substance use prevention and harm reduction strategies pertaining to alcohol and drug use. The program also covers pertinent information pertaining to the effects and impact of alcohol. It helps students make intentional decisions around substance use, including a plan to limit drinking and/or implement other harm reduction strategies. This program runs concurrently with the It’s On Us alcohol and consent bystander intervention program for first year students so that information is complementary, but not overly duplicative. Party Smarter, Not Harder is expected to be completed in the first semester of sorority/fraternity membership. 

  • Required and coordinated by OSFL
  • Adapted program for Neophyte Retreat

 

Online 45-minute program required of all students interested in participating in recruitment or membership intake. The program covers the history of sorority and fraternity life, expectations of membership, education on hazing and health and wellness resources. The section on creating a culture of care discusses substance use including tobacco cessation, sexual violence prevention, and other campus resources.

Discussion-based bystander intervention program provided to students in their second year of membership. This in-person program is aimed at educating students on various topics where they may find the opportunity to intervene within the sorority and fraternity experience. Topics include mental health, substance use, bias incidents, hazing, and sexual violence prevention. Students discuss and practice bystander intervention strategies to effectively step in and prevent incidents from occurring.

  • Required and coordinated by OSFL
  • Adapted program for Neophyte Retreat

Programs available by request:

In-person hazing prevention workshop available to chapters in all four councils. Hoosiers Not Hazers uses healthy relationship-building as a foundation for engaging students in discussions surrounding hazing prevention in the sorority and fraternity community, as well as IU policies governing hazing prevention and response.

  • Required for IFC chapters (pending changes to IFC bylaws)
  • Adapted programs available for MGC, NPHC, PHA chapters

This workshop builds on the basics of hazing prevention covered in the Hoosiers Not Hazers workshop to take a deeper dive into connections between interpersonal relationships and hazing in sororities and fraternities. Specifically, Hoosiers for Healthy Brotherhood explores how organizational structure can lead to both healthy and unhealthy power dynamics and in turn play a role in preventing or promoting hazing and other unhealthy behaviors that can limit strong relationship-building in fraternities.

Leadership programming
Providing organization leadership educational opportunities allows our student leaders to learn the knowledge and skills to influence their environments to foster safe and meaningful experiences within their organization.

Greek Leadership Academy (GLA)
Chapter presidents and council leaders from all four councils come together to facilitate community building, leadership development, and goal setting. GLA is typically a day long program that occurs in late January or Early February.

Officer Specific Training
Timely and topical education programming tailored to specific cohorts of elected and appointed officers to develop position specific skills. Examples include: new member education, standards/accountability boards, mental health chairs, event planners/social chairs, etc. Expectations about each program will be communicated with chapter leaders directly.

Programming tailored towards newer members of a Greek organization that prepares them to be thoughtful, informed and effective leaders in their organization and community. Execution of this programming may differ from year to year.

Programming timeline

I think we need an intro blurb here setting up this section. Why is the timeline so different for everyone? Learn when programming is required. Read below for descriptions of programming.

Before joining:

  • Prospective Member Orientation
  • It’s On Us Bystander Intervention Workshop

During first year of membership (at Neophyte Retreat):

  • Party Smarter, Not Harder
  • Step UP! IU

During each year of membership:

  • Event Monitor Training Parts 1 &2

Scheduled upon request:

  • Hoosiers Not Hazers
  • Hoosiers for Healthy Siblinghood

Before joining:

  • Prospective Member Orientation
  • It’s On Us Bystander Intervention Workshop
    • Students may choose instead to attend It’s On Us for IFC with their new member classes once they join

During first year of membership:

  • Party Smarter, Not Harder
  • It’s On Us for IFC

During second year of membership:

  • Step UP! IU

During first and/or second year of membership:

  • Hoosiers Not Hazers
  • IFC bylaws determine which member classes are required to attend and when (i.e., first and second-year members, whole chapter, annually, biannually, etc.)

Scheduled upon request:

  • Hoosiers for Healthy Siblinghood

Before joining:

  • Prospective Member Orientation
  • It’s On Us Bystander Intervention Workshop
    • Students attend with their residence halls

During first year of membership:

  • Party Smarter, Not Harder

During second year of membership:

  • Step UP! IU

Scheduled upon request:

  • Hoosiers Not Hazers
  • Hoosiers for Healthy Siblinghood

Additional educational opportunities

In addition to individual programming and leadership programming, chapter leaders can request a program to meet their organization’s educational programming needs and/or requirements. We’re happy to tailor an already existing program or partner together to build a new one.

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Programs that are currently available include topics such as: