Message from the Co-Chairs
Welcome to the NASPA Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community (FSKC). The purpose of our KC is to understand the impact fraternal organizations have on campus and educate NASPA professionals on issues, trends and best practices that help the organizations contribute to the missions of their universities. With more than 1400 members, the FSKC has the opportunity to have a significant impact on our campuses and within NASPA. We welcome your engagement and please reach out for ways to get involved!
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Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.
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Interested in getting involved with the FSKC? We’re always on the lookout from contributions from our members. The FSKC is involved in a number of ongoing and planned projects, including sponsored programs and meetings at the NASPA Annual Conference.
KC Quarterly Newsletter
NASPA Knowledge Community Quarterly Newsletter: December 2020
Mark your Calendars for This Upcoming Event
Parenting/Caretaking during COVID, January 14th at 1:00pm ET. This program will provide a space for FSL colleagues that identify as parents/caretakers. The session will include conversation about working from home, casual interruptions, taking moments of gratitude, the stress of hybrid school and the next unknowns. Zoom details are forthcoming!
Are You a Social Media Guru? Your Help Needed!
The FSKC is looking for 3 to 4 NASPA members to serve as FSKC Facebook Engagement Moderators. In this role, moderators will work to elevate our already flourishing Facebook group with over 4,500 members and encourage dialogue in the group. The full description of the role can be found at the NASPA Volunteer Central portal. Moderators must be NASPA members (though scholarships are available if you want to join). If you have any questions email Frank Albergo, email@example.com.
Past Programming Wrap-Up and Thanks
Thanks to the facilitators and attendees who helped make these important dialogues happen. Have a programming idea? Let us know!
- Get Ready for Virtual Deferred Recruitment, October 15, This conversation was an opportunity for those FSL professionals preparing for virtual recruitment to share their planning and questions with colleagues about hosting a successful virtual recruitment.
- Let’s Talk About FSL and SG! October 28, The program began with a brief overview of the intersection of fraternity/sorority life and student government, both research and current events. Participants discussed challenges, successes, and areas that call for assistance with regard to these populations.
- Queer Narratives: A Panel Discussion on Outness, on the Future of F/SL, November 12, This panel discussion focused on advising while queer and the future of F/SL through a queer lens. Panelists were Lorae Bonamy, University of Maryland, Dr. Trace Camacho, California State-Long Beach, Ryan S. Cole, Columbia University, Tara Fuller, Monmouth University, and Chase Oatis, University of Maryland.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coffee Chat, November 20, This chat provided an opportunity for members to discuss DEI in their work.
Fraternity Research Corner
The AFA Research Grant process is currently open, grant applications can be found here.
Thank you to our program reviewers!
A hearty thank you to these gracious volunteers who assisted the KC in identifying sponsored programs for the NASPA conference. Thank you for your time and talents.
- Dr. Michelle Castro, Florida International University
- Dr. Flapp Cockrell, University of Toledo
- Kimberly Davis, Louisiana State University
- MaryBeth Lockwood, Florida Atlantic University
- Tyler Manning, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Jess Turuc, University of Utah
NASPA Working Group Update
During the first half of January, NASPA will convene all members of the NASPA-coordinated FSL Working Groups. This full working group will meet during the second half of January, and sub-groups will meet as necessary. By February 24, the sub-group leads will provide a written status update with draft recommendations for the final report. During the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference, the workgroups will provide these materials to stakeholders and conduct a listening session to hear feedback about the draft materials. By April 1, each sub-group lead will provide an updated draft report based on that feedback. Stay tuned for more details about the listening session.
Join the Publications Committee
Looking for ways to get involved with NASPA? The 2021 Knowledge Community Publications Committee is looking for volunteers. The Knowledge Communities Publication Committee has responsibility for leading the development of the annual online KC publication that features articles submitted by NASPA's 37 KCs and the KC Public Policy Liaison. Apply here.
Nominate Someone for NASPA NOW Recognition
Launched in 2017, the NASPA NOW Professional Recognition recognizes the impact that new professionals and graduate students have upon the student affairs profession. This year, up to 15 participants will be selected as winners for their exceptional contributions to the field of student affairs in the categories of the four NASPA pillars: Integrity, Inclusion, Innovation and Inquiry, as well as a fifth category of Impact. Folks can submit a self-nomination, or be nominated by others. Recipients will be recognized at the NASPA Annual Conference, and will receive a certificate, pin, and complimentary annual conference registration. Nominations are now open and will close December 31, 2020. To be eligible for the NASPA NOW award, applicants must:
- Be a graduate student (masters or doctoral, with less than five years of full-time experience) or new professional (less than five years of full-time experience)
- Be a NASPA member at the time of conferral (March 2021).
- Submit a completed application, including one to two artifacts that provides evidence of the candidate’s performance and/or experiences while in their current role. Examples of artifacts can include, but are not limited to, letters of recommendation, presentations, publications, self-reflections, portfolios, etc.
This Just In From our Partners
Here are updates provided by a few of FSKC’s many partners.
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. hosted a webinar Stories of the Queen: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks on November 23rd. You can watch it here.
- NPHC is working collaboratively with BGLC partners to spread the word about the All of Us Research Program. Learn more today at http://joinallofus.org/together
- NALFO’s completed their annual initiative National Day of Service on Saturday November 7th. Stats, total community service hours, and community impact information coming soon.
- NALFO hosted the Fall Business Meeting on Saturday, December 5th. Activities included executive board elections, legislation, roundtable discussions around key topics, presentations, and celebrating NALFO Awards.
- NAPA’s partnership with RAINN continues to strengthen. The entire board for all 20 member organizations and all active undergraduate members and new initiates are undergoing training.
- NAPA also launched a Black Coalition with a number of events including discussions on violence toward BIPOC individuals and the elections.
- NAPA is currently working to establish undergraduate NAPA councils. Binghamton and Syracuse are some of the first two campuses to transition.
- AFA just announced new changes in leadership. A new Executive Director, Jason Bergeron will start January 4. The AFA Chris Graham, Florida State University, took the helm as President at the Annual Meeting.
- NPC will host the College Panhellenic Academy: Jan. 22-23, 2021. Registration is now open.
- NPC also launched a new educational resource regarding Unanimous Agreement VIII. Agreement on Questionnaires
- NPC shared virtual recruitment resources for deferred recruitment campuses
- New IFC officer manuals are now available online. NIC is working on the development of a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion officer manual, in partnership with AFLV.
- IFC academy and PRIME registration is open. Both programs will be delivered virtually.
- AFA is currently tracking spring 2021 recruitment and intake planning, which are shared in the AFA Professional Development newsletter.
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NASPA Knowledge Community Quarterly Newsletter: October 2020
The Fraternity Sorority Knowledge Community (FSKC) is excited to share with you some exciting new updates about our FSKC work along with updates provided by some of our fraternal partners in our new quarterly update. We’ll be sending a quarterly message in January and again in April, so look for more updates in the coming months.
Knowledge Community Unveils KC Strategic Objectives
The KC has spent the summer talking with KC members, fraternal partners, and constituents to design a set of strategic objectives that will inform and influence the KC’s work for the next two years. This work is centered around three specific themes: Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Advocacy. Learn more about strategic plan and our goals for this year here. Tell us what you think or how you’d like to help—we’d love your feedback. Email NASPA KC Co-Chairs: Emily Perlow and Kim Monteaux De Freitas.
Call for SSAO volunteers
As part of our strategic objectives, we’re interested in building stronger resources and support for senior student affairs officers around fraternities and sororities. If you are a Senior Student Affairs Officer who’d be willing to serve on a 50 minute focus group to provide your input, we want to hear from you. Email NASPA KC Co-Chairs: Emily Perlow and Kim Monteaux De Freitas.
Nominate a Colleague for the NASPA FSKC Distinguished Service Award
The Fraternity & Sorority Knowledge Community (FSKC)'s 2021 Distinguished Service Award applications are now live! Priority deadline is October 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM PT. This award is available to an individual and/or advising team who has made significant contributions and has demonstrated long-term impact. Winner(s) must be NASPA member(s). To learn more about the award or to submit a nomination go here.
You Could Be the Next NASPA KC Chair
Nominations of NASPA members are currently being accepted for the next chair or co-chairs of the Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community. The KC Co-Chairs are elected for a three-year term: one year (March 2021-March 2022) as co-chairs elect and two years (March 2022-March 2024) as KC co-chairs. The role of the KC Chairs focuses on:
- Recruiting, building, and leading a diverse leadership team to create and share knowledge
- Coordinating the KC’s activities including sharing of tools, techniques, and intellectual information focused on the KC’s mission and related topics identified by the KC leadership
- Stimulating proposals for NASPA’s Annual Conference and regional conferences
- Communicating monthly with National KC Director and the KC leadership team
- Stimulating and providing promotional visibility for the KC
NASPA members may nominate themselves or another member for the role of Co-Chairs-Elect. Nominees will be evaluated on the following: (a) Regional and/or national visibility in the Knowledge Community; (b) Participation in the Knowledge Community at the regional or national level, and (c) Other contributions to the profession that relate to the KC mission.
If you wish to nominate someone, or you are interested in serving in this position, please submit your nomination via Volunteer Central on the NASPA website. The nomination deadline is October 16, 2020. A nomination must include the following: Nominee(s) name, NASPA Member ID, title, institution, mobile phone number, and email address; Digital photograph (which will appear on the ballot); Current resume or C.V. in PDF format; Candidate statement (500-700 words, MS Word format) that clearly and concisely articulates the nominee's philosophy, purpose, and/or goals (if nominees are running as co-chairs, they should submit a single, joint candidate statement).Questions? Contact: Stephen Dominy, Nominations Committee Chair.
Mark your Calendars for These Upcoming Events
- Get Ready for Virtual Deferred Recruitment Gearing up for virtual recruitment next semester? Have lessons learned to share with colleagues who are in the planning stages? Join us on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 3pm ET/12pm PT for a casual conversation about hosting a successful virtual recruitment. Join the Zoom here.
- Save the Date! FSKC Region II presents Queer Narratives: A Panel Discussion on Outness, on the Future of F/SL. Join this panel discussion about advising while queer and the future of F/SL through a queer lens on Thursday, November 12th at 1pm EST. More details about how to register are forthcoming and all regions are welcome.
Past Programming Wrap-Up and Thanks
- Thanks for Dr. Jeanette Snider who shared her dissertation, "A Multi-Case Study Exploring the Motivations and Racialized Experiences of Multiracial Women in Monoracial Sororities at a Predominately White Institution” and Kiyah T. McDermid who shared her graduate seminar paper: "Out of the Night that Covers Me: A Narrative Inquiry Examining the Influence of BGLO Membership on Black Students' Critical Consciousness Development at PWIs" as part of the Region II Dissertation/Thesis Spotlight in September.
- Thanks also for the many colleagues who attended our COVID chats in September. Look for more COVID chats coming soon!
FSL Working Groups Projects
The FSL Workgroups coordinated by NASPA have been working diligently for the last few months to develop a set of recommendations based on the work of the FSL Summit held at the University of Houston. As a reminder, the following groups are coordinated by NASPA:
- New Member / Recruitment
- Health, Safety, and Well-being
- Disciplinary Process for Chapters
- Comprehensive Communications Planning
The fifth group, Fraternity and Sorority Life Staffing, is coordinated by AFA.
Due to Covid-19 working groups are re-evaluating timelines. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the progress, and we are working now to adjust the timeline. We may pause some of the work during this particularly challenging fall term and resume it in January 2021. The new timeline will be determined at a meeting in October.
Seeking Additional Members: Several of the Working Groups have added additional members to their teams. In particular, there is a need in the Comprehensive Communications Work Group to have additional members who work at fraternity and sorority organizations. If you have recommendations for additions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may email Stephanie Gordon.
Thank you to the many members of the KC who participated in the listening sessions hosted by the Kettering Foundation. The team is working to review the many ideas and contributions and will be sharing more with the KC in 2021.
Fraternity Research Corner
- The NIC is pleasured to share a New Dr. Gary Pike Study: Fraternity and Sorority Members Significantly More Engaged, Satisfied: https://nicfraternity.org/
- The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (formerly the NIC Foundation) recently completed the largest alumni/ae donor study on attitudes/beliefs regarding alumni giving and communication: https://foundationfe.org/
cygnus/ with 128,351 alumni participating.
- The Piazza Center is proud to share Covid 19 Readiness to Return to Campus survey. You can find the preliminary report here.
- There is a new template for the Piazza Center National Fraternity and Sorority Scorecard (NFSS). Information was sent to CSAO’s.
- The Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey (FSES) will be offered in two formats this year. Interested institutions may choose to implement the regular FSES or a COVID-FSES. The team is working on the COVID-FSES and will update on progress on the website.
Here are updates provided by a few of FSKC’s many partners. If you would like to be included in our January edition please let us know…
- NPHC Leads the Way in Helping Get Out the Vote. The NPHC Council of Presidents have partnered with the Poor People’s Campaign on voter education and is doing some great work mobilizing voting efforts across our country.
- NPC Launches COVID Reduction Campaign. National Panhellenic Council Launched #StoptheDrops campaign. Check out the details here.
- Anti-Hazing Coalition Simulcast a Success. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Anti-Hazing Coalition simulcast of Love, Mom & Dad: Turning tragedy into progress, Sunday, September 20. The Facebook Live had over 25,000 views on top of 1,000 in Zoom.
- NIC DEI Task Force Prepared to Make Recommendations. The NIC DEI Task Force has met several times over the few months and will be presenting recommendations to the Governing Council this fall. Learn more here.
- NPC has also announced the formation of an Access and Equity Advisory Committee to help identify reforms to eliminate structural and systemic barriers to sorority membership. More information about the committee and its charge here.
- NPHC Continues Research Partnership with NIH. The Divine Nine just began another phase working with the NIH All of Us Research Program. There will be over 30 different virtual events hosted by the organizations from now until June 30, 2021. Tune into a Kings Take Your Place Webinar Series; Part 3 focus on Mental Health, October 19, 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT. Register to attend here.
- NIC IFC Support Updates. The NIC Governing Council has approved a new IFC dues structure which no longer includes member/non-member chapter dues differences. Read: all chapters now pay the same rate. All new IFC officer manuals will be released soon and a vastly expanded IFC resources section for IFC officers will be available on the NIC website. If any IFCs need/want support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and the NIC support team will get back quickly.
- NPC Endorses Virtual Recruitment Efforts. Chapter-sponsored Bid Day activities moved to fully-virtual experiences for the next 30 days and College Panhellenics plan for a fully virtual recruitment experience for both fall and spring recruitments.
- Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA): AFA provides exceptional experiences, a vibrant community, and essential resources for the success of fraternity/sorority advisors. The vision of AFA is to be the catalytic force in aligning the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics and enduring principles of higher education. AFA is committed to professional development, academic and applied research that examines the entire spectrum of the fraternity/sorority experience and the advising profession, and collaborations within and between the higher education and interfraternal communities.
- Interfraternity Institute: Many campus fraternity and sorority advising professionals are graduates of IFI, an intensive summer training institute held in Bloomington, IN, and coordinated by Student Affairs staff at Indiana University and the Fraternity Executives Association. For more information, contact Dick McKaig at email@example.com.
- Fraternity Executives Association (FEA): The Fraternity Executives Association is the professional association of men’s and women’s fraternity executives. It is dedicated to the common interests of its members and promotes, supports, and encourages the free discussion and exchange of ideas relating to college fraternal organizations.
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention (HEC): The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery provides colleges and universities the tools and resources to launch alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery programs on their campuses. The website offers resources for college students and their families, as college is an important time of transition for over 21 million young adults every year.
Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention (CoHEASAP): Founded in 1983 as the Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues, The Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention (CoHEASAP) is an umbrella organization dedicated to promoting education, prevention, research, networking, and national initiatives to help eliminate substance abuse and the problems it causes on our college and university campuses.
- Living the Ritual: National resource for Ritual education for fraternities and sororities. Site contains: Ritual Resources, Products, and Contact Us
- National Center for Higher Education Risk Management: Organization dedicated to helping colleges and universities reduce liability and create safer learning environments. In particular, the organization offers services and publications related to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, hazing, alcohol and other drugs, and campus security.
- Stop the Hate: Campus hate crime prevention for colleges and universities. Site contains: Resources, Partners, Related Links, Volunteer Opps, and About Us.
- StopHazing.org: Focused on educating to eliminate hazing, this site offers information on many aspects of hazing including fraternity, sorority, athletic, high school and military hazing. Check out the latest hazing books, find anti-hazing speakers, read the latest hazing news or look up some alternatives to hazing or get another viewpoint by reading some pro-hazing email. Site includes general information, hazing types, resources, activism options, and other information.
- TIPS: The TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) program is designed to teach servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. Site contains: TiPS Trainers, Organizations, TiPS Server/Students, Universities, Alcohol Research, etc.
The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is a trade association representing 58 inter/national men’s fraternities. NIC member organizations also represent a diverse range of fraternity men and interfraternal interests, including fraternities founded for leadership and business interests as well as faith-based, multicultural, historically black, and new or emerging fraternities.
The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO) is an “umbrella” coalition established in 1998 to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.
Today, NALFO’s 16 fraternities and sororities are bound by a shared commitment to fraternal unity, family values and empowering Latino and under-served communities.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded on May 10, 1930 at Howard University in Washington, DC. The purpose of the NPHC shall be to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. To this end, the NPHC promotes the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, facilitates the establishment and development of local councils of the NPHC and provides leadership training for its constituents.
Made up of 26 women’s-only inter/national member organizations, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the world’s largest umbrella organization specifically charged with advancing the sorority experience. Through its advocacy, NPC seeks to enlist nearly 5 million sorority women in its efforts to showcase the transformational power of the sorority experience.
One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.