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Pay it Forward – Go Hard for Mentoring Youth!

11 Jan

Go Hard Greek is sending the reminder that January is Mentoring Month. Below is a video of a  speech by President Obama challenging us to mentor the youth in our lives, in the community to make a positive impact on the future of our country!  Greek Letter organizations have  the ability to connect with community centers and schools to create ongoing mentoring programs!  Does your chapter have any mentoring programs in place – share the link with us – we would love to learn more!

Establishing Another Standard – Greek Life without Hazing

9 Dec
FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

Praying for the Family, Friends & Classmates of Robert Champion

With the recent sad news of  the death of FAMU Band Drum Major Robert Champion  our minds are refocused on thoughts of  the many underground activities that occur on  and off  college campuses across our nation.   The death of this young man has not been attributed to hazing but many, many people  are asking questions with raised eyebrows…  why did this young man with such a bright future lose his life?   Was there hazing involved,  was the administration aware, were the band directors aware…… etc???   These are all questions the family, friends and local  law enforcement officers  are working to find answers to.

Recently we came across this great  interview by HBCU Digest with Dr Lori Patton-Davis  that takes a close look at hazing on the HBCU campuses. Because this is not an isolated activity of HBCU’s we all must look at why the distructive behavior continues to be accepted by young people looking to join sororities and frternities.   Too many times  we have lost bright young people to hazing activities that had no true purpose.

Greek Letter Organizations members,  panhellenic councils, college administrations, bands  and more need to take a stand against the belief  that abusive actions are acceptable as long as everyone survives.   Can we all work to Go Hard  for Greek unity and positive actions that build our communities?  This is the truly amazing  legacy that sororities  and fraternities can leave.  The HBCU Digest program below is a wonderful example of not only discussing the wrongs that are being perpetrated but also offers some very positive thoughts and examples for changing how the public views these organizations.   Positive, supportive community actions that uplift, teach and offer true leadership is what these groups should be striving for.  

Take a listen to “The Big Hazing Show”  below presented by HBCU Digest.   What is your organizations stance on hazing?  What is your college or university doing to stop the negative behavior?    What do you think can be done to turn this negative behavior around?

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Chi Eta Phi Sorority is reminded “Wake Up with Purpose”!

19 Nov
Chi Eta Phi Hoodie

Chi Eta Phi

Chi Eta Phi  Sorority is a national organization comprised of  nurses and student nurses working together to provide service for humanity, elevate the plane of nursing and  increase interest in the nursing profession.  During an annual scholarship luncheon Dr Clarence M. Lee spoke to the nurses.  He encourged  them to wake up each day with purpose. This poweful suggestion is one we all should work to weave into our daily lives.  What techniques do you find helpful as you work to stay focused on your “daily purpose”?

Spotlight on Cross Cultural Greek Issues

11 Nov

Greek Letter Organizations on college campuses across the nation are very diverse. Every campus has its own unique collection of sororities, fraternities and panhellenic councils.  Each combination creates a unique community that faces many challenges as they interact with each other and their advisors on campus.  In this video Rick Daniels gives  an overview about the cultural issues and concerns many greeks face during interactions with their greek advisors.  

Spotlight Stage: Rick Daniels from CAMPUSPEAK, Inc. on Vimeo.

What are some of the challenges your organization is facing this semester/year?  What creative tactics are you using to connect with other organizations or advisors?

Team Building Tips – Turning Your Sorority Or Fraternity Into a Team

8 Sep

One of the things that most people love about being a part of a sorority or fraternity is being part of a group. There’s just something about people that draws them to groups of like-minded people. In high school, you had different cliques, and now you have fraternities and sororities. But any group of people is simply a group of people at first. Unless you do something to take a group and make it into a team, it won’t matter if they’re all a part of a group with the same name. Turning a sorority or fraternity into an actual team can take a little bit of effort because it’s not like you’re an athletic team out there competing against other teams, which is an instant way to turn a random group into a functioning unit. There are, though, a few things that you can do to make your sorority or fraternity function like this. First, though, you have to understand a little thing called the group process.

If you’ve had basic sociology, you may already know a little about this. It goes like this:

Step One: Forming – During this phase, the group is just coming together. This is what happens after school starts or after Rush Week when you bring a whole new set of people into your group.

Step Two: Storming – At this point, everyone is pretty much trying to figure out their roles. There might be some backbiting and bickering because people with strong personalities are going to want to gain the upper hand.

Step Three: Norming –  Once the group is done storming, they’ll start functioning together by creating normal patterns. Some people will naturally become the leaders – or they’ll become the leaders by a group vote – and other people will start following them.

Step Four: Performing – This is the part where everything clicks. Your group has fun together, and they get things done, whether it’s throwing the best block party or raising the most money for your favorite charity.

It takes most groups a while to go through all this, but there are a few things you can do to help the process along. First, don’t fight it. The storming phase can be pretty annoying and difficult, but you have to get through it before you can form group norms. If you’re a group leader by default, try to get everyone to talk things through at this point. You can also help the process by giving the group teamwork-oriented things to do. If the new sophomores are having issues working together, assign them a project that they have to get done, whether it’s deciding how to decorate a room in the sorority house or throwing a barbecue party for the rest of the fraternity. Having to accomplish a goal is a great way to force a group to figure out how they’re going to work together. It’s really hard for a huge group of people to function together like this. One way to help your fraternity or sorority work like a team is to split it up into groups of five or six people who have specific goals to accomplish. Forming smaller teams is way easier than having one person be in charge of twenty people, and you’ll get a lot more done this way, too.

Author – Crystal Galbus  the owner of GreekForMe – 

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