AFA Annual Meeting Advance Programs, Seminars & Tracks

Advance programs, seminars, and tracks help to elevate the professional development of our AFA Annual Meeting attendees. Please review all the options below that you can add to your registration.


Advance Programs

Option #1 – Summit Against Hate

Wednesday, December 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $75, includes lunch

The Summit Against Hate is a comprehensive, one-day program which seeks to educate student affairs and fraternity/sorority headquarters professionals on different forms of hate that occur on college campuses. The program also helps these professionals understand how to effectively prevent and respond to those forms of hate. This is the fourth Summit Against Hate to be led jointly by Alpha Epsilon Phi, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Zeta Beta Tau. Our assessment data shows an increase in understanding of campus-based hate and an increase in confidence in the ability to prevent and respond to hate incidents on campus. The program will have both lecture and interactive components to ensure relevance and consistency in message delivery. Presenters will include subject experts with diverse backgrounds and preferably a student panel, as we had at previous Summits.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn about the trends of hate occurring on college campuses today.
  • Participants will learn how to best support the students they work with if they are victims of hate or if there is an incident of hate on campus.
  • Participants will share and learn from one another about real-life situations that they have encountered on campus.

The Summit Against Hate is hosted in partnership with Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.


Option #2 – Places & Spaces: How to Provide Oversight & Structure to Fraternity/Sorority Housing

Wednesday, December 4 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $40

Fraternities and sororities provide a sense of community for students across the country. A large part of this community is built around the infrastructures organizations call home. From lodges to houses, from university-owned to owned by a local house corporation, there are many structures which exist when it comes to the oversight of these facilities. This program will provide a review of the different structures of ownership and facilities which exist. Discuss sound practices for management when it comes to security, facility upkeep, resident placement, staffing, and finances, and how each of these areas requires strong stakeholder partnerships. Attendees will leave the program with an action plan in place on their next steps for fraternity/sorority housing in their community and ways they can develop and maintain campus partnership to lead to success.

The program will provide a balance of learning from the residence life and fraternity/sorority life lenses.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify the varying scopes of work that differ and intersect between housing & residence life and fraternity & sorority life.
  • Participants will learn best practices on housing oversight, maintenance, and financing.
  • Participants will learn beneficial communication structures and partnerships with stakeholders connected to fraternity/sorority housing.

This program is made possible through a partnership between the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and Association of College & University Housing Officers-International.


Option #3 – African American Professionals' Summit

Wednesday, December 4 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $40

The African American Professional’s Summit will create an intentional space and opportunity for African American professionals that work in the fraternal industry to build community, enhance the professional trajectory of attendees, and provide the opportunity for faculty to lead the group through a curriculum focused on personal and professional development. The curriculum will be delivered through guided discussion, presentations, and panels.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will develop, contribute to, and build community among the African American professionals within the fraternal industry.
  • Participants will learn personal and professional skills and strategies to assist with their career trajectory within the fraternal industry and beyond.
  • Participants will gain informal and formal mentoring from the faculty team which has over 50 years of industry experience among them.
  • Participants will develop an intentional personal and professional strategy plan that will assist in their ongoing development.


Program Faculty:

  • Chris Graham, director of fraternity & sorority life, Florida State University
  • Veronica Moore, director of educational programs, Delta Upsilon Fraternity
  • Chris Jefferson, director of fraternity & sorority life, Penn State University
  • Parice Bowser, director of Greek life, University of Arkansas
  • Tavianna Williams, assistant executive director of training & development, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity


Option #4 – RFM Lite

Wednesday, December 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $50, includes lunch

RFM Lite is designed to help campus-based professionals learn about the Release Figure Methodology (RFM) used by the National Panhellenic Conference. It is important for those working with College Panhellenic recruitment to understand RFM.

In this educational opportunity, attendees will:

  • Learn the history of RFM and RFM successes.
  • Review a sample RFM workbook.
  • Determine how best to set campus total.
  • Understand when RFM will not save a chapter.
  • Receive tips on what to do when a successful chapter stumbles.
  • Go over what to share from the RFM report and with whom.
  • Be taught how chapter invitation numbers are determined.
  • Examine relative recruiting strength.
  • Look at local volunteer management.
  • Discuss communication with the RFM specialist.

By completing this training, campus-based professionals also will receive additional RFM data and statistics above and beyond what they traditionally receive following primary recruitment.


Education Seminars & Tracks

Graduate Training Track – Your Passion, Your Vision, Your Practice

Wednesday, December 4 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $35

There is a theoretical side and practical side to the role of every practitioner of higher education and both are valuable. You understand each end of the spectrum and put in the time to understand how they fit into the larger context of our profession. Graduate school may entrench you in the theory of higher education, but a practical approach is needed to build the skills and best practices of a proficient and successful fraternity/sorority professional. Explore the Core Competencies in the field and forge your path to success.

This interactive and personalized experience will allow participants to develop their own professional development plan, utilizing the newly improved AFA Core Competencies. Participants will assess their current skills and through self-exploration, review of personal goals, reflection on passion projects, and collaborative conversations will develop an action-oriented blueprint to guide them through their next steps within our field. We will focus on current issues facing fraternity/sorority life professionals and provide strategies for practical application.

The 2019 GTT program is facilitated by Hailey Mangrum, assistant director of fraternity/sorority life, Virginia Tech, and the curriculum is developed by Laurel Price.

GTT is made possible through the generous support of Michelle Guobadia through her endowment with the AFA Foundation.


New Professionals' Seminar – How to not Just “Fake it ‘til You Make it”

Thursday, December 5 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Being a new professional in any industry can be difficult, but when you add in the complexity and uniqueness of a field like fraternity/sorority life, it’s easy to feel like you’re “faking it ‘til you make it.” Join us for the 2019 New Professionals Seminar where we will collaboratively tackle a variety of topics that newer professionals may struggle with. From knowing how to successfully communicate with your supervisor to how to best make decisions (including knowing if you’re the person whose decision it is to make), we will examine a variety of skills that can be painful lessons-learned in our industry. This session will be tailored to both campus and headquarters-based professionals alike. 

Attendees can expect to:

  • Identify different constituencies with which they will communicate and how to tailor their communication to each
  • Utilize critical thinking and decision-making model to discern how to prioritize decision-making and if they’re the appropriate person to do so
  • Understand constructive methods for expressing frustration and in what environments it is appropriate to do so

Please Note: The New Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with less than three (3) years of full-time, professional experience. 

Presenter: Allie Crouse Crolata, director of member services & special projects, Delta Gamma Fraternity

Thanks to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women for your gift to the AFA Foundation in support of this seminar.


Mid-Career Professionals Seminar – Stranger things: It's Not Just A Netflix Show! Navigating the World of a Mid-Career Professional

Thursday, December 5 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On campuses across the nation, the demographics of the fraternity/sorority professional is changing. With seasoned professionals slowly cycling out or into advanced positions, the presence of mid-career professionals working with fraternities and sororities continues to increase. Within their roles, these professionals are charged with a myriad of responsibilities, sometimes with little to no preparation, regarding both the challenges and opportunities are ahead of them.

In their day-to-day work, mid-career professionals are navigating various paths, including leading teams and communities of varying sizes, developing and utilizing political acumen, possible supervision of new professionals while adjusting to their own newly-acquired level of responsibility, and learning what it means to be a “number two” of an area or that primary fraternity/sorority advisor under a larger department. It is crucial to provide the next generation of professionals with the necessary skills to lead both within their communities and the field. 

Attendees can expect to:

  • Discuss their current professional roles and identify the challenges and opportunities that come from being a mid-career professional and how to navigate within those spaces.
  • Explore the process of management and traversing the political climate of an institution.
  • Discuss strategies on managing the different priorities within their roles from various levels of stakeholders.
  • Explore the role of the mid-career professional, and where they fit in the greater scope of fraternity/sorority life.
  • Explore how identity shows up and influences their work. 

Please Note: The Mid-Career Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with three (3) to seven (7) years of full-time, professional experience.

Presenter: Dr. Zachary E. Shirley, director for Greek life, University of North Texas

Mid-Career Professional Seminar is made possible by the Bonny Shade Challenge during the 2019 AFA Foundation Day of Giving.


Seasoned Professionals' Seminar – Campus Climate on Diversity: Learning from the Diverse Learning Environments Survey

Thursday, December 5 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Seasoned Professionals Seminar will review background information on the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), administered by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The DLE combines students’ views on the campus climate for diversity with institutional practices and a variety of student outcomes. Some topics covered in this session include: student demographics; fraternity & sorority life participation; sense of belonging; views on the campus climate for diversity; satisfaction with the atmosphere for difference; students’ experiences with sexual violence, discrimination, and bias; civic engagement; and identity salience. Attendees will be able to take a deeper dive on how these topics vary by aspects of identity.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn about undergraduate students’ views on the campus climate for diversity.
  • Gain knowledge on how these views vary based on characteristics of both the students (such as gender identity and fraternity/sorority participation) and the institutions (such as type and control).

Please Note: The Seasoned Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with over seven (7) years of full-time, professional experience. 

Presenter: Ellen Bara Stolzenberg, Ph.D., assistant director for research, Higher Education Research Institute

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