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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Leadership, Education 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, 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.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

During the MoMENtum 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.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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, October 27, 2020

The FSL Leadership Retreat is an annual event where chapter presidents and council executive boards come together for community building, leadership development and operational training.

The spring 2021 date will be announced in the fall.

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 spring 2021 date will be announced in the fall.

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 13, 2020

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. 10
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • Thursday, Oct. 22
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10

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.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | How to Support Members Struggling Academically
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | More Than Money: How to Engage Members in Active Philanthropy and Service
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | Financial Transparency
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 | 4 p.m. | RH 305 | Officer Transitions
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 | 3 p.m. | RH 305 | How to Find a Summer Job or Internship

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

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26 | Female Mentorship
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9 | IFC New Member Education
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 | Crisis Response for Your Chapter
  • Monday, Oct. 5 | Visiting Chapters
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 | House Party Safety

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.

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

 

 

 


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