UIFI's main purpose is to inspire and educate the current generation of fraternity and sorority leaders to become dedicated, courageous, and principled builders of the future.
UIFI is the premier leadership development experience for fraternity and sorority members, and is an experience unlike any other. It is not a conference. It is not a workshop. It is a uniquely holistic journey that you share with other interfraternal brothers and sisters. A UIFI graduate not only learns important leadership lessons, but also reaches deep insides him/herself to find their true fraternal calling. He or she is changed forever.
Your journey will include discussions on purpose, courage, leadership, integrity, and vision. Your work will be done both in full-group sessions and in small discussion groups called "chapters." You will interact with peers from all over North America and with mentors that work professionally in fraternity and sorority life.
You will learn skills, theories, principles, and methods. You will provide wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm. You need a willingness to change yourself, your chapter, and your fraternity / sorority community. This is not an introductory experience - it is for those who are ready to realize the potential of themselves and their fraternity or sorority.
Why attend UIFI?
UIFI will challenge you intellectually, emotionally, and physically. You will develop your leadership skills, UIFI will teach you about resolving complex issues, grow your confidence, enhance your critical thinking ability, and build your courage. You will also increase your network of relationships that can help you reach your potential and attain your goals.
UIFI makes a difference. Consider these survey results from 2012 participants:
- 98% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they are a better leader because of UIFI.
- 99% agreed or strongly agreed that UIFI deepened their commitment to fraternity/sorority life.
- 99% would recommend UIFI to a peer.
Participants rated strong growth in a variety of areas including:
- My personal leadership ability
- My personal courage
- Ability to develop a vision
- My personal commitment to integrity as a leader
- My appreciation for myself
- My personal commitment to leaving a legacy
- My commitment to living my ritual
- My appreciation for my own fraternity/sorority
My appreciation for Greek life
UIFI is experiential. It will not feel like a classroom experience, or a simple retreat. It is complex and each day builds upon the one it follows. Time is devoted to written reflection, verbal discussions, active challenges, and personal introspection. There are times to think about the big picture, and times to think about issues on a smaller scale. There are times to be serious, and times to let it loose. There is also unstructured time to build natural connections with friends and mentors.
UIFI Curriculum Highlights:
On the first day, steps are taken to build a strong learning community through activities and challenges. Trust is developed and relationships are forged. We explore what it means to be a revolutionary leader.
The second day begins with an exploration of leadership and then the critical issues faced by groups that work together. During Day Two, we examine the role that courage plays in ethical and revolutionary leadership. Participants also discuss how values, ethics, and integrity connect with leadership. The harsh realities of the current state of fraternity/sorority life are held up against the ideal visions our founders passed on to us.
The third day is a day about values, community, and Ritual. A longstanding UIFI tradition, "Into the Streets" kick-starts a morning devoted to the key tenets of service and philanthropy. Notions of "community" are established and the presence of Ritual in today's fraternity/sorority is examined.
Day four is about action and results. We will focus on creating lasting change and this is when participants create an "Action Plan " which will be their guidepost as they enact change back on their campus. Time is spent in small group discussions, personal reflections, and one-on-one consultations with the session facilitators. The day concludes with a social event to celebrate the relationships and commitments that were established.
The final day is about all of the days that follow UIFI. It is about graduating from the UIFI experience and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
All undergraduate members of fraternal organizations (fraternities, sororities, multi-cultural fraternal groups, local groups) are eligible and encouraged to attend UIFI.
There will be 11 sessions of UIFI 2013 held between May and July. Each session only has a specific number of openings, so act fast to get the session you want.
Registration Process and Fees
The registration fee includes lodging and meals for the duration of the institute. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. Program fees for 2013 are:
Chartered IFC Campuses (rate extends to all students attending from that campus)
- $460 if submitted on or before April 28, 2013
- $560 if submitted after April 28, 2013
Once your registration is processed, and your session is confirmed, your registration cannot be cancelled. However, it can be transferred to another individual up to 14 days before the session begins.
Session Location and Dates
All Sessions of UIFI will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. When registering for UIFI, you should rank all sessions that you are able to attend in order to maximize your opportunity for placement.
UIFI 2013 Session Dates:
- Session 1: May 11-15
- Session 2: May 15-19
- Session 3: May 18-22
- Session 4: June 1-5
- Session 5: June 5-9
- Session 6: June 15-19
- Session 7: June 22-26
- Session 8: July 10-14
- Session 9: July 13-17
- Session 10: July 20-24
- Session 11: July 24-28
Your confirmation letter will contain specific travel information for your particular session. Do not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving this letter.
Substance Free Expectation
UIFI is a drug and alcohol free educational program and environment. All participants, regardless of age, are not to bring or use alcohol or drugs during the institute. There are no exceptions. Violation of this policy results in expulsion from the session at one's own expense.
Contact Rick Burt or call 317/872-1112
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Scholarships to UIFI
Many fraternal organizations and foundations provide full or partial scholarships to attend UIFI. The following organizations hav eindicated they will provide scholarships for UIFI 2013. Check back regularly as this list will be updated throughout the spring.
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Alpha Xi Delta
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Tau Delta
Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Delta Rho
Phi Iota Alpha
Phi Kappa Psi
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Kappa Theta
Phi Mu Delta
Phi Sigma Sigma
Pi Beta Phi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Phi
Richard G Miller Memorial Foundation
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Beta Rho
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Theta Phi Alpha
Zeta Beta Tau