SUPPORT FOR EMERGING AND CULTURALLY-BASED FRATERNITIES

First established among the groundbreaking reforms of NIC 2.0, the NIC’s Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) provides emerging fraternities with the platform to collaborate on necessary resources and services. This effort will support their continued growth and development within the North American Interfraternity Conference and the fraternal movement.

At its Annual Meeting in April 2016, the Conference demonstrated its strong commitment to emerging and multicultural organizations by pledging to help FGA groups fund an NIC staff position dedicated to FGA organizations. Past AFA President Veronica Hunter Moore was hired as the Director of Emerging and Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives, and she focuses on the development of the FGA and resources for its groups. The FGA groups also selected Jarrod Cruz-Stipsits, the Executive Director of Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Inc., to serve as their representative on the NIC’s Governing Council.

The NIC hosted the inaugural FGA Symposium at the Annual Meeting of Members in August 2017 and has had a productive slate of programming for FGA organizations at the meeting ever since. This collaborative endeavor reinforces the NIC as the trade association for all fraternities.

Read the NIC resolutions that formed the FGA and solidified the NIC’s commitment to this group.

FGA MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

Any interested NIC organization should meet a minimum of three of the following criteria to seek membership into the Fraternity Growth Accelerator:

  • Less than 20 chartered and active undergraduate chapters
  • Founded no more than 20 years prior to petition of membership to FGA
  • Five or fewer full-time or equivalent employees (based on previous year’s 990 form)
  • Average undergraduate chapter size of less than 20 members over the previous five years
  • A culturally-based mission
  • Membership dues income is less than $125,000 or end of fiscal year financial surplus does not exceed $75,000 as reported on the previous year’s 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

CURRENT FGA MEMBERS

  • Alpha Delta Gamma
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Beta Chi Theta
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Delta Lambda Phi
  • Iota Nu Delta
  • Iota Phi Theta
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Alpha Society
  • Kappa Delta Phi

  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon
  • Lambda Theta Phi
  • Nu Alpha Kappa
  • Omega Delta Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha
  • Phi Lambda Chi
  • Phi Sigma Phi
  • Tau Delta Phi
  • Tau Epsilon Phi

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVES

  • The NIC is focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion within the fraternity/sorority community by:
  • Working with the Director of Emerging and Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives to oversee programming, resources and services for FGA organizations
  • Hosting the FGA Symposium at the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and continuing to build upon programming offered during the meeting
  • Implementing a track on diversity and inclusion at IFC Academy.
  • Adapting the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) program to include exploration of privilege and identity
  • Funding UIFI scholarships for students from culturally-based and emerging NIC fraternities (FGA groups), as well as students with financial needs
  • Updating all other programming curriculum to enhance inclusivity
  • Providing cultural competence training for NIC program lead facilitators
  • Establishing Transgender Inclusion Working Group to provide legal guidance and leading practices to the industry