NIC has Record Number of Facilitator Applicants for UIFI National Sessions /
Nearly 20% of UIFI 2011 Graduates Apply to Serve as a Program Intern
3/1/12 -- The North-American Interfraternity Conference, Inc. (NIC) is pleased to announce that a record number of individuals have applied to serve as a Facilitator for the national sessions of the 2012 Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). NIC President and CEO, Pete Smithhisler states, "One of the most significant reasons for the ongoing strength of UIFI is due to the quality of volunteers and professionals who both give back and pay it forward through UIFI. All of us at the NIC are grateful for the support that so many interfraternal friends and colleagues continually provide to the fraternal movement by volunteering their time and talent to ensure a premier educational experience for the 1000 students that will graduate from UIFI this summer."
UIFI facilitators play a critical role in the educational process that occurs at UIFI. Over 320 fraternity/sorority professionals, volunteers, and advocates from across the country have applied to facilitate at one of 11 national sessions of UIFI and volunteer their time to the development of the students in attendance. The role of the facilitator is to assist participants in developing key leadership skills, foster a heightened awareness of critical issues affecting their own organizations, and help students apply their newly refined skills to overcoming these challenges.
Additionally, more than 130 UIFI graduates applied to serve as an Intern for the program. Serving as a UIFI Intern is a unique interfraternal and educational experience for each of the 22 undergraduate interns who will be selected for UIFI 2012. UIFI Interns are selected based upon their ability to translate their UIFI experience into values-based action that results in positive change within their chapter and overall fraternity/sorority community. This pool of applicants represents nearly 20% of the students who attended a national session of UIFI in 2011.
The 2012 curriculum will focus on the need for individual action in order to elevate one's self, chapter, council, and community. Through this, participants will be motivated and empowered take urgent ownership of their own fraternal future in a manner that is congruent with the shared values of the fraternal experience.
The NIC will host 11 national sessions of UIFI this summer on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. This will be complemented by four population specific sessions held throughout the summer. Participant applications to attend UIFI are currently available. For more information about UIFI and to complete an application, please visit the UIFI Website.
For 23 years, UIFI has been the premier interfraternal leadership institute for undergraduate fraternity and sorority leaders. The goal of UIFI is to provide participants with the awareness, motivation, confidence, and skills necessary to be ethical leaders who are committed to living their fraternal values while elevating their chapters, councils, and communities. For more information, contact Will Foran.