“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more do more, and become more, you are a leader.“
John Quincy Adams
Ask any person about the opportunities that they found as a member of a fraternity or sorority, and they will undoubtedly refer to the boundless opportunities for leadership. Fraternities and sororities are led by Executive Boards – groups members who are elected to lead their organization based on their individual visions for their fraternity or sorority. Through regular contact, direction, and advice, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life empowers Executive Boards and general members to make their organization the best it can possibly be.
Each January, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life sponsors Leadership Institute, a two night, three day program dedicated to both individual and organizational leadership development. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge and the Theory of Servant-Leadership, participants see an increase in self-awareness related to their leadership qualities. They are then empowered to develop a vision for their organization or community, and to put that vision into action upon their return to campus.
Leadership U, JMU’s premier one-day leadership conference, occurs at the beginning of February and provides both large and small-group education to leaders and general members from organizations on JMU’s campus. Sponsored by the Student Activities and Involvement Office and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, students are encouraged to find speakers and sessions that will challenge them to think deeply about their leadership potential, as well as how to translate that into effective leadership practices.
Student leadership positions are also available through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Many men and women serve on the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Councils respectively. Both serve as the governing bodies for fraternities (Interfraternity Council) and sororities (Panhellenic Council) within our community. Additionally, each academic year, Assistant Greek Coordinators work to better our entire fraternity and sorority community. The Assistant Greek Coordinator Mission Statement is as follows:
“By providing engaging and purposeful programs and offering peer to peer mentorship, we will cultivate enlightened citizens who uphold the values of JMU, FSL, and their respective organizations.”
Watch this brief video to see more of what AGCs do: http://vimeo.com/80853174