Few people invest enough time in this critical-thinking process. As a result, most new initiatives face resistance, never get implemented, fall apart, fail, or drift away into obscurity.
When we're working with new fraternity/sorority professionals, they often ask us what they should be reading or studying. Our team reads A LOT, so we have a lot of recommendations. It was difficult, but we compiled all list of our favorites. These are the top 25 books we recommend most often. If we had it our way, they would be required reading for everyone working with fraternities and sororities. Enjoy! The New Fraternity/Sorority Professional's Reading List
This sounds reasonable, but why do these strategies fall short (when used alone)?
There is more oxygen in the air in Vegas, we have increased exposure to risky situations in college, and there are social taboos against calling out a friend. Environment is a powerful enabler, and despite our best attempts to be the one to do things differently, the world around us always has a trump card.
It’s time for the competition to start. About this time of year, every group on campus starts battling to out-raise and out-serve the chapter next door. This competition might help us do more, but is it helping us do better?
On a recent hazing prevention project, we asked students how they felt about a series of situations commonly associated with hazing. To our great surprise, 75-98% of students found each situation to be unacceptable.
The lesson? We don't need to preach about the perils of hazing. Or hammer home the rules. Or argue about what's ethical. They get it!
It's always exciting to hear about the number of campuses where fraternity/sorority members exceed the average GPA at the regional leadership conferences every year. But something struck me this time: we have an embarrassing statistics problem. Here is an illustration: