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Fraternity and sorority leaders can be at the forefront of creating change on their campuses. Imagine if they put their energy into developing a community that welcomed students of color and the working poor? Particularly on predominately white campuses? How can the Greek community be part of creating change that will be ready for the students enrolled in the future?
Last week I tackled the topic of conflict and civility in fraternities and sororities. I addressed a few ways a chapter can engage in conflict and make it part of the standards of behavior expected from its members. In summary, a chapter needs to invest as much time in teaching its members what conflict should look and sound like as it does when training new and old members on other important member behavior. This week I’ll continue to explore this topic, introducing strategies on how to engage in conflict that makes our work better. I’ll introduce a couple of ways to ask your members to disagree that helps refine the outcome of your decisions. And I’ll connect the idea of conflict with civility with the concept of congruence.
How do you help members, at all levels, understand the importance of living the values in ways that match the intentions of the founders and the chapter? How do you reinforce the positive behaviors while holding people accountable for behaviors that violate the values of the organization? In other words, how do you help your members understand the importance of congruence?