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AdvanceU is a virtual based classroom with educational programs specifically designed to enhance the alignment of the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics of higher education. AdvanceU programs provide AFA members the opportunity to engage on a wide range of topics with content experts who develop curriculum with a specific set of learning outcomes geared at achieving higher levels of professional competence in our members.

Due to the generous support of Zeta Tau Alpha, AdvanceU is free to all members of the Association. This virtual classroom experience provides members with supplemental reading materials, a learning guide for each seminar, and the opportunity to engage with seminar participants following the program. The goal is to provide seminars that range from new skill development to application of new concepts. Participants are exposed to new best practices in higher education and then encouraged to apply those new concepts to our work with fraternities and sororities. Every AdvanceU session provides members the opportunity to continually develop as a professional, is grounded in the Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession, and continues to AdvanceU.

Call for Programs

We're looking to give AFA members the opportunity to engage on a wide range of topics with content experts who will develop curriculum with a specific set of learning outcomes geared at achieving higher levels of professional competence in our members. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Joslyn McGriff, AFA Assistant Executive Director, or Diana Coyle, AFA Director of Education & Programs. 

Upcoming Program

A Town Hall to Discuss NPHC Strategies for Addressing Academics, Hazing, Sexual Assault, Leadership Development & Chapter Size

July 25, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
During the AFA Meeting in December of 2017, NPHC leaders and campus professionals met to identify issues impacting councils and chapters on their campus under six themes: Academic Performance, Hazing, Sexual Assault, Chapter Size, Risk Management, and Leadership Development. The NPHC leadership summarized the collected information and met with campus professionals and drafted strategies to address these areas. This town hall will include a presentation of the drafted plan and feedback from the participants. The final document, once completed, will be sent to the NPHC Council of Presidents for final approval. 
Presenters: Jennifer M. Jones, NPHC Immediate Past President, and Michael V. Bowie, NPHC Collegiate Chair
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Future Dates

  • August 22nd start time 2 p.m. EDT | Topic TBA

Previous Programs

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Recent Programs

“I Need To Talk”: F/S Advisors & the Clery Act

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Fraternity/sorority advisors foster trust and community within fraternities and sororities and students often look to them for support. When a student (or an employee or visitor) discloses sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and certain other crimes, federal laws require certain individuals to report these incidents to other campus officials and there are options and resources that must be made available to the reporting party.

Presenter: Abigail Boyer, MS, Associate Executive Director, Clery Center
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Slide Deck: I Need to Talk PDF (731.31 KB) Administration 5/17/2018
Full Presentation: I Need to Talk Link Administration 5/17/2018

Being “Inclusive” in an Exclusive Community

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Being “Inclusive” in an Exclusive Community: Examining Transgender Membership Within Private Fraternal Organizations

If a transgender student came into your office and asked about their eligibility to join a fraternal organization, would you know how to respond? What about if a chapter approached you to ask whether they could initiate a transgender student? An increasing number of fraternal organizations are taking steps to clarify their policies on whether transgender students are eligible for membership, but the conversation is far from over. After a review on the basics of the transgender identity, this panel will settle the questions surrounding the role of Title IX in social fraternal organizations. Participants will then learn about the legal foundations of private organizations and how campus-based professionals can successfully advocate for their students, despite the limitations of the law.

Presenters: Beth Stathos, Stevie Tran and Nathan Arrowsmith.
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Full Presentation: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Link Administration 1/23/2018
Slide Deck: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Comm. PDF (4.61 MB) Administration 1/23/2018

Exploring Transition and Success in Your New Role

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How do you know if you will be successful in your new position? This program will explore research from Michael D. Watkins’ book, First 90 Days and how to prepare for the transition into your new role. Whether you are about to start your new role or just started, participants will explore what success can look like in their new roles, helpful transition tips, while building a strong relationship with their supervisor.
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Handout: Transition Risk Assessment PDF (73.88 KB) Administration 6/8/2017
Handout: Identifying Cultural Norms PDF (59.92 KB) Administration 6/8/2017
Slide Deck - Exploring Transition Success PDF (3.2 MB) Administration 6/8/2017

National Data on Fraternities & Sororities

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Using data from a nationally representative sample of students at four-year colleges and universities, this presentation will explore incoming students’ likelihood of joining a fraternity or sorority. The discussion will highlight background characteristics and high school experiences that align with student interest in joining a fraternity or sorority upon college entry. Data from a sample of graduating seniors will reveal which students ultimately joined a fraternity or sorority. Additionally, data from the College Senior Survey will provide insight into fraternity and sorority members’ college experiences and how they compare to their non-Greek peers. This comparison will be centered around a number of college outcome measures and experiences including civic engagement, leadership, and faculty interactions.

Presenter: Ellen Bara Stolzenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Research at the Higher Education Research Institute
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Full Presentation: National Data Link Administration 6/28/2018
Slide Deck: National Data PDF (2.51 MB) Administration 6/28/2018

Open Your Eyes: Race, Racism, and Inclusion

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Lawrence Ross is a noted author and speaker on topics involving race, campus climate and the intersection with fraternities and sororities. In this session of Advance U, Ross will focus the discussion on the history of the white supremacy and white nationalist movements, how it impacts campus culture directly and indirectly, and what you as a professional need to know to tackle this difficult subject effectively. Fraternity and sorority professionals can play a key role in both facilitating positive and productive conversations about race and helping enact policies that ensure a welcoming and safe environment on campus.
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Open Your Eyes: Full Webinar Link Administration 9/29/2017
Open Your Eyes AFA Webinar.pdf PDF (21.16 MB) Administration 9/29/2017

Partnerships with Purpose: FEA & ASCA Joint

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The Fraternity Executives Association and its members seek to form an open and collaborative partnership with host institutions and student conduct staff members to fairly and appropriately adjudicate organizational conduct issues. In support of this effort, the Association for Student Conduct Administration and the Fraternity Executives Association have partnered together to produce a guidance document that is intended to provide suggested protocol for both inter/national and campus conduct staff when working together to address an allegation of chapter misconduct. The presenters will review the components and suggested implementation of this guidance.

Presentation Team:
- Laura Matthews, Lynn University, Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards
- Tanner Marcantel, Executive Director of Theta Xi Fraternity
- Justin Angotti, Assistant Executive Director of Prevention & Accountability, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Communication & Collaboration Guidance Resource Link Administration 3/30/2018
Slide Deck: Partnerships with Purpose PDF (2.43 MB) Administration 3/30/2018
Full Presentation: Partnerships with Purpose Link Administration 3/30/2018

Using CAS for Effective Professional Practice

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For almost 40 years, the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) has provided a general structure for good practice in enacting work in higher education. AFA has had a long-standing role in making that happen and has been a member of the Consortium for just over 35 of those years. Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs, the Standards for good practice in implementing a campus-based Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life, can be a useful tool for practitioners to review as they create departmental infrastructure and launch efforts to assess effectiveness and delivery of services.
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Slide Deck: Using CAS Standards PDF (4.76 MB) Administration 2/28/2018
Presentation - Using CAS Standards Link  more ] Administration 2/28/2018
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