The Greek Leaders Retreat kicks off the new year and is an opportunity for council officers and chapter presidents to further develop as leaders. This is not your average leadership conference, retreat, institute or boring workshop! So put all of those preconceived notions about retreats aside. Instead, imagine leaders from across the NC State fraternity and sorority community coming together to set their own agendas, ask their own questions, share of their experiences, listen to the experiences of others, and learn as a community what it means to have the best possible experience at NC State. For 2019, the Leaders Retreat is being held from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20 at Fort Caswell on Oak Island, N.C. If you are an executive board member of a council or a chapter president, please register no later than December 7, 2018 to reserve your spot.
Buses will begin loading at 3pm and will depart from NC State NO LATER THAN 3:30pm on Friday, January 18 (please indicate if you have a class conflict and will be late when you register). We will return to campus around 4 pm on Sunday, January 20. Buses will load in the West Parking Lot on Greek Village. Cars may be left in that P lot over the weekend without penalty, with additional information required through the registration link (will be provided by FSL for those who indicate need).
What to Expect
This retreat is about YOU and your needs as a leader, your questions that you can’t quite answer, and those burning issues that affect you as a member of the fraternity and sorority community. Using a technique known as Open Space, we develop the content of the retreat as it happens in real time.
You can count on having fun, meeting new people, exchanging ideas, and even developing some bold new directions for the fraternity and sorority community you never thought could happen, all in the course of a weekend. Sound lofty? Don’t worry! All it takes is the belief that fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations intended to enhance the collegiate experience, a gut feeling that we can do a lot to improve upon this model, the ability to ask tough questions, and the determination to contribute to discovering an answer.
By the end of the retreat, you will have:
- Bonded with other leaders in the fraternity and sorority community
- Talked about issues in our community that are meaningful and import to you, if you take the responsibility to do so
- Taken responsibility of your own learning by proposing, leading, and participating in your own discussions, workshops, or presentations
- Developed an action plan of things you and others are going to do (or stop doing) as a result of the weekend’s conversations
Just think about all that is right and perhaps not so right about being in a fraternity or sorority at NC State. What challenges are you facing as a leader? What do we need to do more of, less of, or a better job of so we can truly reach our potential as value based organizations? Then start thinking about what knowledge, skills, and abilities you have that can make a difference. We will be calling upon your experience and skills throughout the weekend. Expect to be an active learner this weekend. You can sleep when you get home!
What to Bring
- A willingness to learn from others and to share your success strategies
- Ideas for presentations or discussion groups
- Any materials you might want to share (handouts from a great program you attended this summer/fall, Educational Video/DVDs, PowerPoint Presentations, etc.)
What to Pack
- a set of “block letters” for a group photo on Saturday
- linens ARE PROVIDED for your bunk (you may want to still bring a pillow)
- toiletries for bathing and hygiene
- casual clothing for daily sessions and warm outerwear so you are prepared to be outside at times (It will be January — and our classrooms and dining hall are not connected to our barracks)
- pen and paper
- any prescription medications you might need
- all meals are provided with the exception of lunch on the way home Sunday — we will stop at a fast food location so plan accordingly
- please note, Ft. Caswell is an alcohol free facility
If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Julie Bryant, Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life or DJ Gardow, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 919.513.2910.
Registration for the 2019 Greek Leaders Retreat will open soon.
The LeaderShape Institute
NC State is one of more than 70 colleges and universities to host the LeaderShape Institute and each year, the fraternity and sorority community sends multiple student participants.
Since its inception in 1986, The LeaderShape Institute, has developed a national reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. More than 12,000 young adults from more than 450 different colleges, universities, corporations and organizations across America have graduated from the program. The LeaderShape Institute is highly regarded as an intensive and energizing six-day program, which is open to any participant, institution, or workplace interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization while also developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity.
For information about the NC State LeaderShape Institute, visit the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service.
Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values – Central/National Black Greek Leadership Conference
This three-day national leadership conference brings student leaders from across the nation for a series of keynote speakers, educational workshops, and leadership seminars designed to improve campus Councils. Representatives from NC State’s Multicultural Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association attend this held each February in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit the AFLV website.