As a member of AFA, you have the awesome responsibility and privilege of being a leader. The impact of the work you do is much broader than you may realize. This is not just another job or volunteer opportunity. It's a chance to instill and nurture the values we believe in and the principles we stand for in the young people who will lead our country, businesses, and communities one day.
The First 90 Days program, made possible through a generous gift from Sigma Chi Fraternity to the AFA Foundation and developed by RISE Partnerships,helps new fraternity/sorority professionals acclimate to one of the most unique roles in higher education. Through a series of interactive web conference sessions and special projects, participants build their networks, understand their positions, and learn how to put their expertise into practice.
The program has been designed based on a needs assessment of fraternity/sorority professionals and stakeholders at every level of expertise. The result is a developmental experience that provides clear expectations about what it means to be a campus-based professional and helps participants transition into the role more effectively.
During the program, participants interact with a variety of colleagues to build a network of expertise that they can draw upon throughout their career. They integrate professional philosophy into daily practice, and work with their supervisor to clarify what is expected of a fraternity/sorority professional. The experience also helps participants identify their continued professional development needs and aspirations beyond the program.
The program involves bi-weekly web conference sessions that involve delivery of information, panel discussions, question/answer time, and small group discussions. Participants will further explore content delivered during the live sessions through private reflection, paired and small group conversation, and activities outside these sessions. This will include diagrams, drawing, writing and thinking, shared journaling, and completion of projects.
Whether you've just started, or are several months into your new job, the First 90 Days Program is designed for those who are eager to improve themselves so that they may better serve those they lead. The program is best suited to new fraternity/sorority professionals in their first year of practice.
Want to learn more? Here are a few testimonies about the program:
Meghan Bullard, M.S. Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life Programs
University of Iowa
“The First 90 Days program encouraged me to think outside of my comfort zone, to consider the connections in all areas of my work that benefit students, and to recognize that professional development isn’t something that happens once a year at a conference. In creating a mind map and a professional development plan, I was able to set myself up for success for the rest of my career and to form relationships with others in the same professional stage. I am forever grateful to the First 90 Days program and couldn’t recommend it more!”
Kollin Fitzpatrick, M.Ed Office of Greek Life, Assistant Director Ball State University
"The First 90 Days program was extremely helpful in my transition into my first full-time role in fraternity and sorority life! I established a new network of colleagues and friends while learning more about myself and pushing through the challenges in our field. I would definitely recommend to a first time professional to participate if they have the resources to."
Meet the 2019 Facilitators
Arthur Doctor, Jr., Ed.D. Director of Fraternal Leadership & Learning
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Arthur E. Doctor, Jr. earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Clemson University, Master of Science in higher education administration from Florida State University, and Doctor of Education in student affairs leadership from the University of Georgia. Dr. Doctor is an active and financial member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, in which he serves at the district, regional, and national levels.
Leslie Schacht Drey Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Center for Fraternity/Sorority Life
Oregon State University
Leslie Schacht Drey earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs from Iowa State University. Leslie previously worked with the fraternity/sorority community at the University of Iowa and traveled the country for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as an educational leadership consultant.
Schedule at a Glance
Live sessions will take place every other week from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST with a capstone experience at the 2019 AFA Annual Meeting.
Participants should dedicate approximately 2 hours per week, and their direct supervisors should expect to participate in and support specific activities. If you are not available during the time noted above, we still encourage you to register as all sessions will be recorded.
Supervisors, there is a small time commitment on your end with the First 90 Days program. We will provide you with reflection questions to utilize with your staff member completing the First 90 Days program during your one-on-one meetings. The hope is these discussions will provide a well-rounded experience where participants are learning from our program facilitators but also integrating the learning into their work with you and your community. The time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a month.
Please email Diana Coyle, director of education & programs, with any questions.