Interfraternity leadership retreat helps unify Greeks

From staff reports

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) has established goals to create a unified Greek community with their leadership workshops.

IFC held a WSUnity New Member Experience retreat Sunday afternoon in the CUB Senior Ballroom. Hundreds of new members crowded around tables in small groups led by 29 different table facilitators, who were chosen by the IFC.

Most of the men who helped facilitate the small groups of new members either attended the Men’s Retreat, which happens in the spring, in prior years, currently hold positions of leadership within their chapters, or are IFC council members.

The facilitators sat with the members of their groups while listening to John Holloway of Growth Guiders lead them in interactive, team-building activities.

Holloway said he has worked specifically with Washington State University’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter since 2004 and with the IFC as a whole since 2011. Some new members approached him afterward and expressed interest in other leadership opportunities.

Evan Englander, who has advised the IFC council for two years, said the IFC’s new member education process has placed most of its emphasis on the Men’s Retreat in the past.

“IFC is trying to do more events as a Greek community collectively. Individual chapters have their own new member education events but, as a whole, their biggest focus has been the Men’s Retreat,” he said.

The council is trying to implement more programs like WSUnity, which brings all new members together as a group.

Hosting an event like this conference prior to the Men’s Retreat gives new members the freedom and encouragement to build relationships with other Greeks before getting initiated into their individual chapters.

Reporting by Kayla Bonar