IMPACT is an intensive retreat-style experience that serves as a catalyst in developing relationships, community capacity, and leadership skills in fraternity/sorority members. The program provides participants with experiences that develop relationships and shared identity with other fraternal leaders. They explore shared concerns and priorities and use a framework for community building to evaluate their community’s capacity to mobilize and address its issues. One facilitator leads the experience and volunteer organizers guide participants through small group discussions and large group activities.


IMPACT curriculum emphasizes:

  • Building a sense of shared, community identity
  • Leadership development
  • Identification of shared priorities
  • Development of sills for building trust across the community
  • Building capacity to mobilize other community membership

Workshop structure:

IMPACT is designed to build on itself in a manner that culminates in an agenda for meaningful community elevation. Through increased self-awareness, community awareness, visioning and skill development, participants will be able to recognize the current realities of their fraternity/sorority community and begin to develop effective strategies for positive change.

The general structure of an IMPACT includes experiential activities, interactive presentations and both large- and small-group activities that flow together into a unified, community building experience. All sessions offer hands-on activities and ample discussion time to address individual concerns. The sessions are led by an experienced lead facilitator (identified by the NIC) and several volunteer organizers (identified by the host campus).

Past attendees say:

  • 88% said because of IMPACT they are better prepared to be a leader in their fraternity or sorority.
  • 90% said IMPACT will cause them to make positive changes in their chapters.
  • 85% said because of IMPACT fraternity and sorority community leaders have a better sense of the challenges facing them.

“Helping us realize the benefits of being a part of FSL has really motivated all of us to work together and improve student life on our campus. Continue inspiring others. One of the best retreats I’ve been to thus far!”

— IMPACT participant


The program can be used to meet a variety of needs, such as a retreat for chapter and council leadership or an emerging leaders institute. The NIC will work with you to customize the program to focus on your campus’ unique issues. Email if you’re interested in bringing IMPACT to your campus.

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