Making Greek Great
Since the days of our founders, Fraternity and Sorority Life has always been about one thing: building friendships. We all seek a place to belong and a place where we form friendships that will shape us and guide us throughout our lives. As long as we stay true to that purpose, fraternity and sorority is a powerful force for good on our campuses and in our communities.
But, when we stray from that purpose, we get in trouble. We make the papers. People get hurt. Our image in society becomes toxic.
Making Greek Great is as simple as being true to our core purpose. It’s as simple as our members committing themselves to leadership guided by the principles of good friendship—giving young men and women a safe, nurturing place to become their very best.
Every day, you and your brothers and sisters make choices about how to use your membership in a fraternity or sorority. Do you use it for selfish purposes, or do you use it to build up others? Do you bring honor to your university, or do you use your fraternity membership to rip it down? Most of all, does your fraternity and sorority community set a standard for members that inspires them to become something better?
In this empowering keynote, Lori asks young men and women these questions, challenging them to return their organizations to an ethical pursuit of the highest standards of friendship. Through group discussion and targeted stories, Lori helps students see the realities, the possibilities and a path forward.
This is the perfect Greek Week, awards events, new member convocations or for any free standing fraternity/sorority educational event.
The Safety Pillar
Just about any sorority or fraternity member has heard the term “The Pillars of Greek Life.” When asked what the pillars represent, most members can easily rattle off the terms “brotherhood & sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, service & philanthropy” and for the most part, we have communities and chapters excelling in these areas. But, in these same communities, we are also excelling in hazing, drug use, assault and high-risk drinking. Perhaps this year, we need to re-frame this conversation. If we truly want to be brothers and sisters, we need to focus on a pillar of “safety” to ensure that all members, new members and guests are treated with dignity and respect and we keep each other safe because that is what real friendship is about and that is what being a good human being is truly about.
A Few Too Many… Our Campus Culture of Alcohol
Results of recent studies have found that high-risk drinking is among the most dramatic problems facing college campuses. Students spend more on alcohol than they do on books. Fraternity and sorority members drink more than their non-Greek peers. And, athletes are drinking just as much. So, now, what do we do with this information? This keynote focuses on the culture of alcohol, providing activities that get students talking and feeling empowered to do something about high-risk drinking on their campus and within their own life. Focused on harm reduction, Lori provides concrete steps men and women can take to reduce risks.
Complex Problems & Simple Solutions:
Risk Management Training for Sorority and Fraternity Leaders
As fraternity and sorority leaders, you face complex problems in the area of risk management including policy knowledge and implementation, campus culture, behaviors and actions of other organizations on your campus and – let’s face it – behaviors of some of your members.
Maybe it’s time for the leaders in our communities to get on the same page; have hard conversations, become educated and embrace that YOU are the change agents of the fraternity and sorority community. As a result of the training, participants will engage in a community conversation around problems in the area of risk management. They will achieve a better understanding around the framework of stages of change, harm reduction, and brain development. Those who attend will develop a common understanding of the FIPG Risk Management Policy around alcohol and drugs. Information can also be tailored to include university policy and how the information compares and contrasts. Ultimately, participants will learn how to create safe events in compliance with the policy through event planning and prevention resources.
This risk management training is geared towards fraternity and sorority leaders (including Presidents, Risk Managers, Social Chairs, Advisors). Based on goals and objectives, the training can be presented in a two, three or four hour format. This is not a keynote intended for a large group audience, it is a training geared for around 100 participants at most.
Our problems are complex; however, solutions to these problems are really quite simple. It’s time to give community leaders the framework and tools needed to create safer environments.
You Be YOU: A Discussion on Communication, Gender and Relationships
Biological sex, sexuality, gender expression and identity are all common terms these days. But have you taken the time to explore the meaning of these topics and where you fit into the puzzle? Where does your brain development fit into this equation? Based on socialization and stereotypes, what are your beliefs about men and women? And, the key question…why does it feel so hard sometimes to find healthy relationships with other people?
In this program, Lori explores biology, research, stereotypes and communication theory in an effort to help both men and women better understand the complexity of gender and development. Healthy relationships are essential throughout your life and college is where you learn who you are and what you need from someone else in a relationship. This keynote is full of comedy…yes, we are going to make fun of men and women…with an importation message around self-esteem and the power of YOU!