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Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers numerous opportunities for leadership development. Workshops and seminars are presented regularly to chapter members helping them develop decision-making skills, strengthen their communication techniques, and encourage involvement in the community. Leadership positions are available to members at many levels: students may choose to volunteer on chapter committees, become chapter officers, or serve as officers at the governing council level. National organizations, local alumni boards, and Cornell staff provide a wide range of leadership training and educational programs which help make the student experience rewarding and beneficial.

Andrew Dickson White Annual Summit for Greeks  

An annual conference for undergraduate fraternity and sorority members and alumni. This three-day conference offers the opportunity for fraternity and sorority alumni to engage with each other, learn about the current fraternity and sorority community at Cornell, and interact with current undergraduate members. A keynote speaker will address the students and alumni on Saturday.

    Who is eligible? Chapter presidents and council executive board members are required to attend.

    When does this occur?  Fall semester - postponed in fall 2020 due to COVID-19

Greek Leadership Academy  

GLA is a 1 credit course that is also a part of the Leadership Minor.  The course is fun & dynamic.  The purpose is to support chapter leaders in fulfilling their responsibilities as agents of a strong and positive Greek culture at Cornell. A program that is rooted in the theories and principles of leadership, and at the same time is experiential and tangible. Student leaders are immediately practicing what they learn as they go about their significant responsibilities as chapter officers developing leadership skills while building trust and teamwork among the membership. Chapter officers from Cornell's sororities and fraternities now receive academic credit for attending the annual Greek Leadership Academy.

    Who is eligible? This highly selective leadership development course is open to members of the Greek community who are selected through an application process.

    When does this occur? Each semester

Northeast Greek Leadership Association

Each year at the annual conference, the Northeast Greek Leadership Association recognizes fraternity and sorority chapters, councils, communities, and individuals for their outstanding accomplishments over the past year. Through innovative initiatives and commitment to the fraternal movement, everyone recognized has helped advance the mission of NGLA. The Cornell Greek Community sends council officers to this conference to develop leadership skills and network with other Greek leaders. 

   Who is eligible?  Council officers are invited to attend this conference to develop leadership skills and network with other Greek leaders. 

     When does this occur? Each semester

Leaders’ Retreat

A meeting facilitated by the Fraternity and Sorority Life that brings together all chapter presidents to discuss new and current policies as well as encourage dialogue between the various representatives of the fraternity and sorority community at Cornell. The retreat largely serves as a training session for presidents and revisits many of the points chapters face where common problems can be addressed. 

    Who is eligible? Chapter presidents and council executive board members are required to attend.

    When does this occur? Fall semester

Tri-Council Executive Board Retreat

An annual program held in January for the newly elected Tri-Council executive board, OSFL staff and facilitated this year by Cornell Outdoor Education. It fosters team building, communication, and helps the newly established leaders prepare for the year.