Facilitating at UIFI
What is the role of the UIFI Facilitator?
The UIFI facilitator performs one of the most important roles of the UIFI curriculum: assisting the undergraduate students in developing key leadership skills, fostering a heightened awareness of critical issues, and helping students apply their newly refined skills to the issues confronting them and their Fraternity/Sorority community.
Each UIFI session attracts approximately 75 fraternity/sorority community leaders from throughout North America. This group of delegates is then divided into smaller groups called chapters. Facilitators are paired together and assigned a chapter of 10-12 students with which to work throughout the program. Daily large group general sessions presented to all delegates are complemented by small group discussions and processing, which occur in the chapter meetings.
The primary role of the facilitator is, with his/her partner, to prepare and conduct the chapter meetings that occur throughout UIFI and are outlined in the UIFI Curriculum. Facilitators are also asked to assist with topical discussions and other components of the general sessions.
What will I gain from being a UIFI Facilitator?
Facilitators often find the UIFI experience to be as enriching as it is to the undergraduate participants. This is because of the learning environment, the forward-thinking nature of the curriculum, and the heart and passion of the undergraduate participants. UIFI is an opportunity to break away from the day-to-day business of the office and be amongst colleagues and students who share a passion for Greek life. You will find professional development through your interactions with colleagues from across the country, the practice and development of facilitation skills, and structured conversations about the nature of our work. Many facilitators also find pieces of the UIFI curriculum which they can take back to their work.
Who is eligible to be a Facilitator?
Campus professionals, graduate students, fraternity/sorority staff, consultants, and volunteers are all eligible and encouraged to apply. Only undergraduate students are not permitted to serve as a facilitator at UIFI. In addition, individuals who work with non-profit organization that connect with college students, as well as employees of businesses that cater to college students, are eligible as well. There is no requisite age or experience level. Facilitators also do not need to be affiliated with a fraternity or sorority.
What are the expectations of facilitators?
Besides bringing a positive attitude and willingness to work hard and have fun, we also expect the following:
- Review all advance mailings and training materials prior to arriving for your session.
- Adhere to the curriculum developed by the NIC. This includes conducting all exercises, meetings, and small group activities as outlined in the facilitator guide, and not omitting or adding curriculum pieces without the expressed approval of the Session Coordinators.
- Keep in contact with the students from your UIFI chapter at least three times per year following the UIFI program.
- Participate fully in the UIFI session from beginning to end. Participate in all activities and meetings and make yourself available to participants during free time. Facilitators must agree to not conduct business (i.e. use of cell phones, email) during UIFI activities.
- Respect the policies and procedures of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and all other national entities connected to the Facilitator's affiliation.
- Live in the chapter house during the entire program. Eat all meals with session participants, sleep in provided housing (Note: Some of our sessions will only offer sleeping porch/cold dorm sleeping rooms and multi-use bathroom facilities).
- Support the substance-free policy of UIFI. Share this expectation with students and assist in holding them accountable to it.
- Campus fraternity/sorority advisors should register at least one student from your campus and fraternity/sorority volunteers/staff should encourage your organization to sponsor students of your affiliation to participate in UIFI.
- Facilitators are expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from the UIFI host sites. NIC covers all lodging and meal expenses and provides materials for the program.
- Facilitators who drive may be asked to assist with special situations such as providing transportation for airport runs, service projects, etc.
Session Dates for Facilitators
All National Sessions of UIFI will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (except as indicated below). Facilitator applicants can also indicate their interest in one of four organization based sessions that are scheduled for the summer.
- Session 1: May 10-15
- Session 2: May 14-19
- Session 3: May 17-22
- Session 4: May 31 - June 5
- Session 5: June 4-9
- Phi Mu Session 1: June 11-16
- Session 6: June 14-19
- Phi Mu Session 2: June 18-23
- Session 7: June 21-26
- Phi Mu Session 3: June 25-30
- Session 8: July 9-14
- Session 9: July 12-17
- Session 10: July 19-24
- Session 11: July 23-28
- Chi Phi: July 23-28 (Atlanta, GA)
How do I apply?
The application deadline for facilitators was February 28, 2013. The NIC has begun reviewing applications and all applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March.
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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