The Laurel Wreath Award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach, or influence within the fraternal world.
Congratulations to the 2021 Laurel Wreath Award recipients!
LEE W. KEARNEY VENERABLE DEAN AND OFFICERS SUMMIT
Acacia Fraternity made a pandemic problem into a way to improve the organization’s officer training in a virtual setting. The summit, formerly only for presidents and recruitment chairs, was expanded to all seven primary officers in each chapter and provided nearly two months of engagement instead of roughly one and a half days. Acacia intends this format will be a paradigm shift in how the fraternity engages with students and alumni members to benefit both virtual and in-person programs in the future.
PHI SIGMA KAPPA FRATERNITY
MEMBER SAFETY PROGRAMMING
Revamping Phi Sigma Kappa’s existing risk awareness programming into a more streamlined set of risk reduction and prevention education expectations that better promote a healthy brotherhood has been a success for the fraternity. Customization in the new Member Safety Programming initiative allows chapters to find the right workshops and speakers that best connect with their membership and provide brothers the knowledge and tools to have a safer and more fulfilling undergraduate fraternity experience.
PI KAPPA PHI FRATERNITY (THE ABILITY EXPERIENCE)
GAMING FOR INCLUSION [RALLY CRY]
The philanthropic initiative of Pi Kappa Phi, The Ability Experience, works to impact the lives of people with disabilities and develop members into servant leaders. The challenge that COVID-19 brought to The Ability Experience was figuring out how to engage our constituents virtually and fight the social isolation our friends with disabilities were facing, so Gaming for Inclusion was created. Online gaming tournaments hosted through a national platform have connected our members, volunteers, and people with disabilities in a virtual way that will continue into the future.
SIGMA ALPHA MU FRATERNITY
CONVENTION SWAG BOXES
Sigma Alpha Mu leaders were thinking creatively about its week-long virtual convention. The Education Committee wanted something that was personalized and special to get attendees excited and engaged. The contents of the mailed gift box were selected with intentional items that attendees could use during the virtual experience, enhance the ΣAM brand and extend pride in the fraternity. These both enhanced and elevated the program while helping to increase involvement and participation.
SIGMA CHI INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY
DISTANCE LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE
In the Sigma Chi Distance Leadership Certificate course, students gain the knowledge and skills to navigate industries reliant on remote work and digital leadership across blended platforms. Students learn how to manage virtual teams, make the most of online communication tools and motivate teams at a distance. This program represents a development opportunity for Sigma Chi members that is unique to their on-campus college learning options and represents an unequaled value add to the fraternity experience.
ZETA BETA TAU FRATERNITY, SIGMA ALPHA MU FRATERNITY, ALPHA EPSILON PHI SORORITY & SIGMA DELTA TAU SORORITY
SUMMIT AGAINST HATE
This jointly hosted program by Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority was re-calibrated to reach fraternity/sorority headquarters and foundation professionals to support students and campuses in responding to rising hate crimes and antisemitism. Leaders worked to create an engaging experience that allowed for personal and professional growth between all partners working to end all forms of hate on campus.
ZETA PSI FRATERNITY
CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES
Recognizing a need to continue the education of staff members and prepare for difficult conversations regarding DEI initiatives, Zeta Psi’s Continuing Education Series was established to support the headquarters staff. At least an hour each week is spent reading, listening, watching, or exploring an activity to engage with a topic area that is relevant to our work with college students. Specific topics have included racism, ableism, healthy conflict, and gratitude.