Enhancing the Health and Sustainability of OSU’s Fraternity & Sorority Life
January - May 2017
Imperative for Change:
For over 100 years, fraternities and sororities have made an immeasurable impact at Oregon State University (OSU). Throughout the past century, through leadership, scholarship and philanthropy, our students have been united by a common bond of Greek excellence. In our shared history, OSU’s fraternities and sororities were nationally recognized as leaders, innovators, and pioneers the in the Greek movement. Our Greek community has recently contributed to the OSU and broader community through participating in more than 40,000 community service hours, raising over $250,000 in philanthropy, and holding leadership positions in over 260 campus organizations.
However, over the last decade, our organizations have fallen behind and also out of alignment with the foundations which made them great. As our Greek communities begin their next 100-year journey, OSU is committed to elevating the community to meet the challenges and opportunities that are ahead. In order to ensure the lasting legacy of these communities, it is our hope that we become a campus aligned with the nationally recognized best practices and standards of both fraternities and sororities as well as their governing bodies. Through this commitment, we hope to become a community leading the nation in its commitment to Greek academic excellence, service, philanthropy, and development of our best and brightest students.
We will raise our standards to meet and exceed national-level advances, reject the current status quo, and commit to becoming a model Greek community that provides exceptional community leadership and membership development for all chapters and individual members.
To accomplish this, we are charging a taskforce, representative of the Greek Life community collectively, to develop a comprehensive set of policy, process and values-based program enhancements that represent data-informed methods of improving the health of Greek Life programs that have come to similar crisis points. Membership will include alumni, current chapter leaders, current chapter members, and OSU professional staff with deep Greek Life experience and expertise.
By acknowledging the immediacy and importance of making sustainable change in policy, practice and behaviors so that OSU’s Fraternity & Sorority Life program remains a viable and positively contributing campus program, the “Taskforce to Enhance the Health and Sustainability of OSU’s Fraternity & Sorority Life” will:
- Identify and describe the desired membership experience that Fraternity & Sorority Life will have in the OSU community.
- Identify and describe the representative qualities, values and characteristics of members of the Fraternity/Sorority community.
- Identify areas of existing Fraternity & Sorority Life program components that reflect alignment with institutional and program values that can be expanded for improved positive exposure and enhanced community perceptions.
- Evaluate existing community programs and chapter practices that are detracting from and/or harming the health of our students, community and vitality of the Fraternity & Sorority Life program (i.e. recruitment practices, social event hosting practices, etc.).
- Evaluate multiple data-informed policies, processes and programmatic enhancements that have proved effective in similarly situated institutions and programs.
- Propose recommendations and develop an action plan, inclusive of enhancements, policy adoption and/or changes, and program structural modifications that will lead to the short, mid and long term health of the Fraternity & Sorority Life program.
- Propose timeline and strategy for implementation.
- Provide proposed recommendations, timeline and strategy for implementation to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
January 2017 Charge Taskforce and Taskforce develops work plan
January – April, 2017 Taskforce conducts work plan
Early May, 2017 Taskforce presents findings to Vice Provost for Student Affairs
May, 2017 Implementation, tracking progress and success
JP Peters, Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life (Co-Chair)
Natalie Rooney, Kappa Delta Sorority Chapter Advisor (PHC) & NSPFO START Coordinator (Co-Chair)
Council Executive Representatives:
Ian Snyder, 2017 IFC President & Delta Upsilon Fraternity member
Sara Perry, 2017 Panhellenic President & Chi Omega Sorority member
Marquina Hofschneider, 2016-17 Unified Greek Council Executive Director & Alpha Pi Omega Sorority member
Rachel Grisham, Sigma Delta Omega Sorority President (IND)
McKenna Moore, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority President (PHC)
Dane Piazza, Sigma Pi Fraternity President (IFC)
Eric Webber, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity President (IFC)
Demetrius Watts, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. President (NPHC)
Tiffany Nguyen-Van, Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. President (UGC)
Chapter Alumni and Advisors:
Jesus Ramirez, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Chapter Advisor & Residence Hall Director (UGC)
David Leathers, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Chapter Advisor (IFC)
Kirk Maag, Phi Gamma Delta – FIJI Fraternity Chapter Advisor (IFC)
Will Later, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Chapter Advisor (IFC)
Kayla Ramirez, Alpha Chi Omega Chapter Advisor (PHC)
Royce Ann Simmons, Chi Omega Sorority House Corporation Board (PHC)
Terrance Harris, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Alumnus & LBH Black Cultural Center Director (NPHC)
Undergraduate Greek Members at Large:
Allison Starkenburg, Kappa Delta (PHC)
Thomas Sangillo, Sigma Phi Epsilon (IFC)
Robert Schock, Sigma Nu (IFC)
Ex-Officio Member: Leslie Schacht Drey, Director – CFSL
OSU is committed to the success of our Fraternity & Sorority Life program, and will provide financial, personnel and expertise resources to be utilized by the Taskforce as necessary. The following OSU staff and the Senior Advisory and Steering Committee will be available to provide the Taskforce with subject matter expertise, support, monitoring of progress and assistance. External experts on fraternity and sorority specific subject matter may be sought in consultation as well.
OSU Subject Matter Experts:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Violence and Hazing Prevention
Equal Opportunities and Access
Institutional Diversity – Bias Response
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Leslie Schacht Drey
Senior Steering Committee:
The following OSU staff and the Senior Advisory and Steering Committee will be available to provide the Taskforce with subject matter expertise, support, monitoring of progress and assistance:
Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Lee Kearney, Acacia Fraternity Alumnus
Gayle Fitzpatrick, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Alumna