2020 AFA Region IV Virtual Drive-In
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The 2020 AFA Region IV Virtual Drive-In will be an opportunity for fraternity/sorority professionals to connect, learn, and network with peers in their region. (Scroll down to view all the session descriptions. You will make your session selection(s) on the registration form.)

7/28/2020 to 8/6/2020
When: July 28 - August 6
Where: Virtual Event - Links to Come After Registration
United States
Contact: Diana Coyle


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2020 AFA Region IV Virtual Drive-In Sessions

Note: links to the sessions will be sent to those prior to the event.

July 28 | 10:00-10:45 a.m. CT

Emerging Greek Leaders: Programming Using the Social Change Model
Liz Cadwell, University of Minnesota
With increased student engagement from younger leaders in student organizations on the rise, how are campuses preparing our students to serve in these capacities? Utilizing the Social Change Model and Astin’s Theory of Involvement, we will examine the benefits and challenges that come along with student involvement. This presentation is intended to help staff engage with younger/newer members of their fraternity and sorority community to examine their definition of leadership, as well as evaluate their personal contribution to their chapter and communities.

July 28 | 1:00-2:10 p.m. CT

Everything You Need to Know About Prevention Education, But Maybe Never Learned
Andrea Kleekamp, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
As we continue to prioritize member health and safety and creating healthier cultures, prevention must be a central component of our strategy. But what does it mean to do prevention work? How is that different than raising awareness or managing risk? What are the models that should be considered in building strategies? And how can we think creatively about infusing prevention into organizational operations and actions? This session will be a "crash course" conversation reviewing common models and theories, exploring what a prevention-based approach can look like, and sharing ideas for infusing this framing.

July 29 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT

A 60-minute "How to" on Creating Educational Experiences.
Nicki Rowlett, Triangle Fraternity, & Lashatà Grayson, Missouri State University
As educators, we spend a considerable amount of time creating educational programs - but how do we know they are working? More than ever - we need to be able to articulate the importance of our work. We will start with the basics and teach you a systematic way to develop educational outcomes. If you are looking for a tangible way to create a curriculum, you should join us!

July 29 | 1:00-1:45 p.m. CT

Q&A: A Safe space for In & Out Greeks
Jordan DiPalma, North Dakota State University
Campus-based professionals will learn how to create an authentic safe space for fraternity and sorority life members who are also part of the LGBT community through collaboration and creativity. Q&A is a student-led initiative that was created at NDSU to support students who have come out, for those who are not out, and for those who are questioning their identities. Learn about the journey two campus-based professionals took to create a genuinely safe space for LGBT Greeks at a rural division 1 institution.

July 30 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. CT

Advising While Black
Fred Whitted & Dustin Wolfe, University of Nebraska at Omaha
This presentation will provide insight into what it was like for a black man to lead an IFC and NPHC counsel during his first year as a Greek life coordinator. The personal reflections shared will identify the struggles and successes of advising two very different groups and will highlight skill sets need to be successful in this role. 

July 30 | 5:15-6:15 P.M. CT

Region IV Networking & Association Update
Join fellow Region IV members to continue conversations from educational sessions during the last week and receive an update from the association. We hope you can join us! 

 

August 4 | 10:00-10:45 a.m. CT

LEADing the Way
Liz Cadwell, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota created a program on campus to engage students in a meaningful and intentional way around community engagement and service. We are in the beginning/middle of our pilot year, and Liz will share information about how to create a program on your own campus, challenges, and successes we've had while navigating COVID-19, and our plans for the remainder of this program as we move into the next school year.

August 4 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. CT

Crime, Punishment, & Accountability: The Role We Play in the Success of Our Communities
Jim Gulbranson, Northwest Missouri State University
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Putting this group on probation/suspension/other penalties won't do anything?" Or, "No matter what sanctions I put together, it will just be a checkbox?" This roundtable discussion presents several topics that challenge the way we think about organizational accountability and conduct. We will discuss the ideas of justice, organization ownership, values-based sanctioning, and honesty surrounding your institution's/organization's accountability structures. This will hopefully allow us to find new ways to build trust throughout our communities.

August 5 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT

What is Nude? Exploring Bias in the Panhellenic Sorority Experience
Nicki Rowlett, Triangle Fraternity, Bridgette Wynn, Arizona State University, & Jessica Ryan, University of Pennsylvania
College campuses, and subsequently, our organizations, are becoming increasingly diverse in membership. Panhellenic organizations are often receptive to this diversity, but are we actually practicing inclusivity? This session will explore various forms of explicit and implicit bias. We will work together to identify policies, procedures, and organizational practices that contribute to these biases. If you are looking for an interactive session that will help you identify actionable steps, you should join us!

August 5 | 1:30-2:30 P.M. CT

(micro)AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Privilege & Power
Qy’Darrius McEachern, Texas State University 
Language matters when we think about inclusivity, especially when our language comes across as a microaggression. This interactive session focuses on understanding the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of language and how word choice can influence group dynamics. Through powerful virtual activities and discussions, participants will better understand how to foster inclusivity and challenge themselves to lead authentically.

August 6 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. CT 

Getting Organized: Community-Based Practices for FSL Professionals
Brittany Barnes Deeg, RISE Partnerships
Isolation has risen due to a number of factors - siloed work environments, an international pandemic, a higher value on individualism, and growing distrust of those living around us. Students and professionals alike may be wondering how to manage change around them while still in the midst of upheaval. There are best practices that can be used to build capacity for change among members and connect them meaningfully to one another. Borrowing tactics from community organizing frameworks, human resources, and leadership studies, this program provides a place for practitioners to learn and practice the basics of community organizing. Participants will leave with a framework and process for engaging students around building capacity for and managing change.
 

August 6 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. CT

Region IV Networking & Association Update
Join fellow Region IV members to continue conversations from educational sessions during the last two weeks and receive an update from the association. We hope you can join us! 

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