The North-American Interfraternity Conference is pleased to report that 2011 has proven to be another record year for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and has shown that UIFI continues to be the premier undergraduate fraternity/sorority leadership development experience.
Ten national sessions were held on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Through these sessions, a total of 768 students representing 340 different institutions and 113 fraternities and sororities participated in the five day leadership institute. Overall, the NIC experienced record registration for UIFI, with 12% growth over the previous high in 2010.
UIFI provides students with the awareness, motivation, and skills necessary to elevate their chapter, council, or community. Students are challenged to renew their focus on the concepts of standards, values, character, leadership, and congruence. Throughout UIFI, each of these core curriculum concepts are tied to behavior and action.
Beyond the national sessions, 6 additional sessions will be held throughout the summer of 2011, including three campus and three organization specific sessions. In total, over 1200 fraternity and sorority leaders from across North America will have graduated from UIFI 2011.
UIFI would be impossible without the support of the sponsors who provide financial assistance. In 2011, 42 fraternal organizations and their foundations as well as 118 institutions and governing councils provided scholarships for students to attend.
NIC President and CEO Peter Smithhisler states "The NIC owes a sincere debt of gratitude to all of our interfraternal partners and advocates who have made this success possible, including the NIC member fraternities, sororities, and the foundations that provide support for students to attend. We also must thank the facilitators and interns who give so freely of themselves, and most importantly, the students who will go forth and elevate their chapters, councils, and communities. UIFI is a critical part of the work of the NIC and through it, the conference is empowered to achieve greater success in each of our three pillars of advocacy, collaboration, and education."
Founded in 1909, the North-American Interfraternity Conference is the trade association representing 75 International and National Men's Fraternities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and education, the NIC works to ensure that fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success.
The Undergraduate Interfraternity institute is a program of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, and is the premier undergraduate interfraternal leadership institute for fraternity men and sorority women in North America. UIFI provides participants opportunities to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. Since 1990, over 14,000 students and professionals have participated in UIFI.