Training and Programs
The mission of the Ohio University Office of Sorority Life is to, in partnership with students, foster a positive, ethical, healthy, and equitable social values-based experience for all members of our community.
In an effort to help us reach our mission we have prioritized the following items:
- Empowering students: We empower our students by supporting them in their fraternal experience; seeking a balance between the rights and responsibilities of the individual students, the organizations, and those of the University.
- Prevention and harm reduction: The health and safety of all of our students is paramount. By implementing prevention and harm reduction strategies, we will strive to foster a community of care.
- Education & development: We are committed to providing in-and-out of the classroom learning opportunities for personal development and growth.
- Social justice: By creating and cultivating an open environment, where students feel included, this leads to the celebration of diversity and inclusion.
- Partnership & collaboration: We work hard to develop meaningful partnerships with students, campus and community-based professionals and departments, headquarters staff, alumni, advisors, and other values stakeholders.
- Advocacy: By engaging other stakeholders, we will advocate for support, resources, and awareness.
In effort to fulfill these priorities we have implemented the following programs and initiatives. Please browse the section below to learn more about our various programs and events held throughout the year.
The Greek Summit, largely planned for chapter presidents and risk managers, will offer chapter leaders the opportunity to be trained and certified in hazing prevention, new member education, bystander intervention, equity and social justice, and responsible event management.
New Member Orientation
While each chapter has their own specific education and intake process, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life requires every new member to participate in the OSFL New Member Orientation. New members must complete this program in order to begin their chapter-specific new member/intake process. Four sessions are scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters in an effort to educate community members on the standards and expectations of the office and community, rights and responsibilities as a new member, provide community resources, and help build a sense of community among chapters.
While each chapter is encouraged to facilitate their own officer transition program, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity life is committed to preparing chapter presidents and council executive board officers in effectively leading their student organization. Through a day-long retreat, officers will be provided with basic leadership development, officer tools and resources to help them throughout their term as a chapter or council leader.
Greek Leadership Retreat
As a majority of our chapters and council’s leadership turnover is in January, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life hosts a Greek Leadership Retreat as an opportunity for organization members to come together to discuss community-wide issues and tangible action steps for moving forward. January 2020 will host the North American Interfraternity Conference’s IMPACT program. Here, each chapter will be invited to send their chapter president and an emerging leader for a weekend of community-building, challenging conversations, and action planning at our selected off-campus site, the Burr Oak Lodge Conference Center.
Greek Day of Service
Service is a founding value of almost every single sorority and fraternity and is at the basis of how our members lead. Throughout the year, each chapter spends time volunteering through highway clean-ups, blood drives, local food pantries, and more. The impact that our community can have as 16% of the Ohio University student population is insurmountable. Each year the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, in collaboration with the Women’s Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and United Greek Council will host a large-scale community-wide Day of Service for all sorority and fraternity members to participate in.
In the Fall of 2019, the Interfraternity Council, in partnership with Counseling & Psychological Services and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine held the inaugural Mentala event. The event was created in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health America. Moving forward, all proceeds will go to a new fund established specifically for the support, training, programming, and education around mental health in the sorority and fraternity community.
This newly developed initiative welcomes Sorority and Fraternity Life and DOSA staff, faculty, graduate students, chapter leadership and other campus and community partners to lead Tedx Style programs for interested members on various topics. Open to any student, the goal of these sessions is to inform, educate, and spark dialogue among community members.