Essentials is a monthly educational e-publication provided to AFA members to explore selected topics. Editions seek to start conversation around the way we approach our work and to illuminate innovative ways of pushing the fraternal movement forward. Editions are typically published on the second Wednesday of each month from February to November.
The Essentials Editorial Board plays an important role in the Association’s Strategic Plan and ongoing efforts to provide excellent resources and services to members.
Christine Lowe, Sigma Kappa Sorority | #AFAEssentials
Amne Harrington, University of Delaware
2017 Editorial Board
Jessica Ashton, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Lindsay Wright, University of Cincinnati
Tiffany Dennett, Bowling Green State University
Annalise Sinclair, Presbyterian College
Michael Giacalone, Rhode Island College
Vigor Lam, Cornell University
Caitlin Dobson, Loyola University New Orleans
Vance Pierce, University of Illinois at Chicago
Charles Andrean, Northwestern University
Emily Mitch, Elon University
Members of the Association receive Essentials as a benefit of membership.
The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors welcomes articles for Essentials that serve as catalysts for further exploration and discussion on topics relevant to the fraternal movement. Articles published in Essentials are meant to be starting points for further discussion by the AFA membership. While the articles are not meant to be lengthy, they should be thought provoking and applicable to the daily practice of at least a large portion of the AFA membership. Click here to view the submission guidelines.
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Free speech: the students we work with at times love it, hate it, demand it, oppose it, definitely use it, and sometimes abuse it. Regardless of how we feel about free speech, it has shaped our campuses and our organizations. The authors in our first Essentials edition of 2016 explore the pitfalls and the possibilities of how we can leverage our work with students to help them develop confidence in using their voice for good, while utilizing those same lessons ourselves. Read on, and then use your voice to let us know what you think! #AFAEssentials
This edition comes at a time when many of our communities are in the midst of planning for or wrapping up recruitment, which is essentially a huge marketing effort. Others of us are beginning to think about how to market new programs, leadership opportunities, and even job openings. Marketing and public relations might not be a duty that comes to mind immediately when we think of our jobs, but it is a critical component influencing how our students and colleagues view our programs, communities, and selves. The authors this month share different ways to think about marketing and public relations from a variety of perspectives. Share your own ideas using #AFAEssentials!
In honor of AFA’s 40th anniversary, the Essentials editorial board wanted to recognize those articles that have significantly impacted our own personal development over the years. Thus, this “Best Of” edition was born. Several of our editorial board members have nominated their favorite articles: those they’ve printed and kept in their offices, those they’ve shared with colleagues, and those they’ve referred back to throughout the years. Below you’ll see their reason for nominating each article. We hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as we do!
As I scrolled through our list of past Essentials articles to find the “further readings” for this edition, I was struck by the amount of vulnerability on display each month in these publications. It’s not easy being vulnerable in the inboxes of 1500+ of your peers, but yet, our author colleagues are courageous enough to take that risk in order to share their insights and better our field. It takes vulnerability to write for this or any other publication, but it is also an immensely valuable and developmental experience. Read on as this month’s authors model the way and share the importance of vulnerability in our work.
This edition’s authors represent a wide variety of experiences – a recent alumna, a hopeful and excited graduating senior, a development officer, and organization-based professionals – all with different stories or strategies for supporting seniors and recent alumni. One of the many things we are sold as prospective new members joining our organizations is lifelong alumni friendship and career support, but that benefit doesn’t always materialize. How can we capitalize on the energy and passion of our graduating members, including one whose story you can read below, to ensure we aren’t letting mutually beneficial relationships wither? Have thoughts or ideas? Let us know using #AFAEssentials.