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Leadership and Member Development

If you have any questions about leadership and member development, please feel free us at:

Graduate assistant:
Jordan Ratzlaff
101-D Ruth Merrill Center
Wilson Commons
Email: ODOSLeadership@rochester.edu
Phone: (585) 275-9375
Associate Director for Student Organization Leadership:
Stacey Fisher
201 Wilson Commons
Email: Stacey.fisher@rochester.edu
Phone: (585) 275-3167

Leadership

Through formal and informal roles, everyone can be a leader.

We leverage the strengths of our community to reach common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop each other. Through a process of learning and applying skills, we can accomplish measurable, meaningful change.

Being a leader means:

  • Investing in an area of interest and/or concern
  • Understanding your values, passions, and talents
  • Developing skills to become effective at what you do
  • Having a willingness to take action and becoming engaged

Underlying all of these aspects of leadership at Rochester are our communal principles: fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. These are the shared values that form the pillars of undergraduate student life, and they are infused throughout our leadership programs.

Fraternity and Sorority leadership programs and activities include:

For a complete list of leadership program on campus, see RCCL’s leadership program page.

Discussion Groups

Student organizations and student employees have requested a space to gather and discussion current events, trouble shoot issues, find ways to collaborate, and learn additional best practices.

Discussion groups will meet monthly for the academic year, to discuss a selected topic. This space provides time to network and learn from each other. The groups are facilitated by one professional staff member and a student leader, they rotate from month to month, and the individuals coordinate the topic based off suggestions and their strengths.

For established discussion groups and topics visit here.

Fall Leadership Training

The Fall Leadership training's mission is to provide student leaders a comprehensive, collaborative learning experience that they will benefit from and in turn strengthen their organization. Our goal for this training is to provide you with a breadth of information, resources, and ideas about successful student organization leadership. It is also a time you can Level Up Your Leadership by attending breakout sessions that fulfill a level of the Medallion Program. Look for the Medallion Program logo next those sessions that also count towards the Medallion Program.

For more information visit the training website.

Fraternity and Sorority New Member Educator’s Institute

The New Member Educator’s institute is a mandatory one-day workshop for new member educators / intake chairs for each fraternity and sorority. The goals of the program are to (A) provide New Member Educators with the resources they need to do their job successfully; (B) understand university policies and resources related to new member education, in particular to ensure activities are beneficial to members and reflect community values; (C) allow new member educators to share resources and brainstorm collaboratively on issues they face in their roles; and (D) provide enhanced facilitation, teaching, and coaching skills to help NMEs identify and solve problems in the new member program.

Mid-Year Leadership Training

The Mid-Year Leadership Training focuses on new leaders (new to a position or first time on an executive board) as a number of organizations hold elections at the end of the calendar year. This training provides student organization executive board members with a comprehensive, collaborative learning experience that they can use to strengthen themselves and their organization. Our goal for this training is to provide you with a breadth of information, resources, and ideas about successful student organization leadership. It is also a time you can Level Up Your Leadership by attending breakout sessions that fulfill a level of the Medallion Program.

For more information visit the training website.

Medallion Program

The Medallion Program is a leadership development opportunity offered through the Office of the Dean of Students. The program offers leadership workshops and programs to individual fraternity and sorority members as well as to entire organizations interested in enhancing their leadership competencies. Visit the Medallion Program website for more information.

View the Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Track (post when available)

Enroll in the Medallion Program

RSVP to attend a Medallion Program Workshop

Co-sponsor a Medallion Workshop as an Organization

New Member Orientation

All students joining fraternity and sororities come together to learn more about the community and discuss their role in addressing issues such as diversity and inclusion, sexual violence prevention, and values-alignment.

Register Below for a Medallion Workshop for Your Chapter

Understanding Leadership
Leadership is not just about holding a position. It is more about navigating through a process that results in some kind of change. This interactive workshop focuses on leadership concepts, perspectives and viewpoints. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership which is necessary for you to become effective contributors to your organization(s).

The Practices of Leadership
During this session you will complete the Leadership Practices Inventory to understand your unique leadership style and how it can benefit your organizations. We’ll also discuss how leaders work collaboratively to help a group succeed.

Safe Zone Training
Safe Zone at the University of Rochester is a dynamic, interactive session for students that includes activities and discussion around: inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sexual and gender identity, taking action on our campuses and in our workplaces, where to go for help and much more. These trainings are for students, presented by their peers, and gives participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

SWARM Event Manager Training
SWARM is a peer-facilitated event management training for organizations that host events with alcohol. This interactive and participant-focused training is designed to educate participants on the University’s alcohol-related policy and guidelines for event management planning. It also provides an opportunity for participants to build skills necessary for effectively hosting safer events. The training also provides safer drinking strategies for individuals who choose to drink.

SWARM Risk Reduction Training
SWARM Risk Reduction Training is a peer-facilitated program for students who are interested in learning more about safer drinking and active bystander strategies but are not hosting events with alcohol.