Greek Vitality

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GREEK VITALITY

Over the last several months, the Nebraska Greek community has been working to make the vision of Greek Vitality a reality. Chancellor Green has described the effort as making the University of Nebraska-Lincoln the best campus in the country to be Greek. The goal is to develop a community of exemplary scholars and leaders who work in service to others. To achieve that vision, initiatives have been developed that focus on:

Enhancing students’ value-based decision making.

Empowering students to reach their potential and avoid high-risk behaviors.

Strengthening relationships between chapters, the campus, and the larger community.

Enhancing students’ understanding of their choices, rights, responsibilities, and consequences.

Community Initiatives

Why We Care: Create a campaign to educate parents and Greek alumni on the importance of discussing and reducing high-risk drinking.

Greek Unity/Community: Improve the relationships between all Greek governing councils and all Greek chapters.

Community Partners Program Develop relationships between chapters and surrounding community partners (e.g. law enforcement) that sustain dialogue, understanding, and cooperation between all parties.

Bylaw Enhancements: Facilitate a comprehensive, introspective self-governance analysis for chapters and governing councils related to their bylaws regarding conduct and sanctions.

Power of Knowledge Campaign: Increase the visibility and number of potential new members for MGC/NPHC chapters.

Conduct & Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life: Establish transparent operating procedures for the role of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in conduct matters.

Scholarship Initiatives

Scholarship Chair Training: Design training for scholarship chairs on how to best identify and assist members in academic distress.

Academic Success Programs: Enhance first-year members’ academic performance utilizing academic preparedness data and strategies proven to enhance students’ success.

Leadership Initiatives

New Member Educator Training: Develop training for new member educators on concepts of student and leadership development theories to further student learning.

Harm-Reduction and Support Strategies: Develop harm-reduction programs that can serve as development tools or conduct interventions with a specific focus on bystander intervention models and online programs to combat high-risk alcohol abuse.

Accreditation/Recognition: Implement a mandatory recognition program and rating system that utilizes routine accreditation reviews of all chapters.

Programming Review: Review existing Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life programs related to conduct/leadership to improve content, format, audience, and scheduling.

Strategic Recruitment Training: Help recruitment chairs identify quality new members in terms of aptitude, motivation, grit, and time management.

Service Initiatives

Community Action Profiles: Highlight chapters’ and members’ service efforts by providing aggregate data and personal profiles.