Delta Psi actives participate in the
Delta Psi Deke undergraduates spent a week this summer at
the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute (UIFI),
strengthening their courage, character and their commitment
to being chapter leaders.
NIC represents 66 fraternities with 350,000 undergraduate
members on over 800 college campuses. Its mission is to
advocate, promote, and enhance the excellence and
of the men's college fraternity movement.
of the 10 week-long UIFI sessions are hosted on the Indiana
University campus. Participants
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. There is considerable
focus on the positive aspects of fraternities and sororities
in addition to important discussions about issues that
threaten their future.
Institute focuses on how fraternity and sorority leaders
live their ritual. It
explores how leaders develop or strengthen their courage,
character, and commitment to do what is right and devise a
plan to change the current direction of their fraternity or
sorority. “It means walking the talk. It means having a
vision of positive change,” reads the NIC promotional
The Ruby Cup Foundation underwrote the registration for Alex
Perez ’07, Kyle Bray ’08 and Mike Geary ’08 to
were challenged to develop a personal plan of action and to
make a commitment to leading the Delta Psi Chapter of DKE
through the change process. Here’s what they had to say…
your Ritual. Before attending UIFI, this simple phrase would
never have crossed my mind and would have had little or no
meaning. Now, I take this phrase and use it every day.
the UIFI exposed a whole new way of thinking to me. Before I
thought everything was so secret and never was to be told.
Now, I realize that is not the case at all. Being brothers
of Delta Kappa Epsilon means that each day I should live my
ritual. I should do what our objects say and what our
founding fathers wanted. Not only should I be doing this,
but every brother should be and even more any person of any
taught me the skills to achieve change and how to be an
authentic leader that can enact positive change. Besides
these epiphanies, I had an opportunity to meet so many
people from all over the United States. I learned a lot from
each of them that I can hopefully incorporate into our
wish everyone could have the opportunity to experience UIFI.
The lessons and the material that is taught and presented is
truly what Greek life is all about. UIFI is a once in a
lifetime experience. I had an amazing time and learned a
lot. I feel that the Delta Psi chapter, Delta Kappa Epsilon,
and the whole Greek community will benefit from the lessons
and ideas I was shown. This was definitely worthwhile.
days leading up to the Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity
Institute were filled with excitement for me.
It was only my fourth day off work all summer and I
was ready for some rest, relaxation, and learning about ways
to help our Delta Psi Chapter.
I thought it would be fun, but full of corny
activities that may or may not directly relate to our
I arrived to Alpha Xi Delta, I did not know what to expect.
They handed me a schedule, carried my luggage in, and
told me to get comfortable and start meeting some new
45 minutes of being there, meetings started.
First an introduction, then breaking into small
groups, and finally getting to the good stuff.
We did team building games and activities I had done
in the past, but these had more of a purpose and directly
related to being a leader within a fraternity.
I learned about myself and my leadership style.
I learned the areas where I need to execute more
patience and compassion.
the meetings ended, I was ready just to read on the porch
and get some rest for the next day, but how could I pass up
getting to know 40 girls?
I couldn't and this is where I gained the most
knowledge of the entire week, the unscheduled Q & A
are eight hours of sleep scheduled each day, but I averaged
about four and a half hours.
“Session 8” group learned so much about the Greek
community as a whole. My
UIFI chapter had 12 people in it.
Five of these members are part of typically minority
fraternities and sororities.
Learning about the National Pan-Hellenic Council from
Kristina was a long process, but it was worth it.
I had no idea about how these groups worked or why
they always say incorporated after their name.
I learned all this and much more, but the most
important thing I took away from this week is that I AM A
PROUD MEMBER OF DELTA KAPPA EPSILON and always will be.
had a blast and learned so much in the four days I spent in
was an experience like no other.
I've been to leadership camps and high ropes courses
and different things of that nature, but being surrounded by
80 other individuals from 45 fraternities and sororities and
three different parent organizations—the NIC, NPC, and
NPHC—that are as motivated and ready for positive change
as we are is an awesome experience to witness.
It is an investment that the whole chapter will be
able to see and benefit from!
was a life changing experience.
It really helped me take what was already inside of
me and apply it to my chapter more effectively.
I guess you could say it also gave me the vocabulary
to express how I live my life.
learned that the values I hold true to myself can help my
chapter prosper as well.
Three aspects of the conference that I really rang
true to me were the lectures about values, integrity, and
are a big part of my life.
In everything I do, I am wondering to myself if this
is what I should be doing or if it’s not what I should be
doing. I even
question sometimes if my values are the right ones.
UIFI taught me that the values I hold true are the
right ones. This
made me feel great.
is another aspect of life that is really important to me.
If someone’s integrity is in question, it makes me
wonder about the rest of their qualities.
UIFI, I learned DWYSYWD, (Do what you say you will do).
I thought that was a really cool concept, just
because if you don't do what you say you are going to do, it
makes you look bad.
is one of those words that people throw around a lot.
Authentic leadership is taking all the aspects of a
person’s life, including their values and integrity, and
living them in everyday life.
That is what a true leader does.
have to say that UIFI was a turning point in my life.
I loved it and hope to see more Dekes attend this
camp in the future.