“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
Coach John Wooden
As members of fraternities and sororities we are constantly in the spotlight, and not always for the most positive of reasons. While some are uncomfortable in the spotlight and find it to be a burden, others are comfortable communicating who they are and what they stand for on the largest of stages. As Coach Wooden said, though, the true test of a person’s character is what he or she does when the world is not watching.
Through engaging programs and speakers, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life challenges each member to consider values congruence – when a member’s actions are in accord with his or her stated values. Values congruence can be evident in public domains, however it is most often evident when the spotlight is off. This concept is visited regularly through programs such as Leadership Institute, Leadership U, National Hazing Prevention Week, and many others.
In the summer of 2013, James Madison University debuted the “Madison Collaborative” with the class of 2017. Hailed as “Ethical Reasoning in Action,” each orientation group participated in a case study that challenged them to use Eight Key Questions to determine which groups of people to save from a massive hurricane. The Madison Collaborative figures heavily into the work of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life – for more information, please visit the Madison Collaborative website.