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The Greek Member Experience

The Greek Member Experience (GME)

In order to emphasize individual member development and to further demonstrate the commitment of Greek organizations to be leaders within the Vanderbilt community, the Office of Greek Life launched the Greek Member Experience (GME) in the 2015-2016 academic year. The Greek Member Experience is designed to increase fraternity and sorority member engagement within Vanderbilt University.

This program allows our community to explicitly demonstrate to faculty, staff, prospective members, alumni and parents what it means to be a member of a fraternity or sorority. It makes it very clear that being a member of a fraternity or sorority comes with high expectations of engagement and personal development. This program focuses on individual member development and accountability and allows our community to share our story in a data driven way with an improved tracking system to ease the documentation process for chapter leaders.

Individual Member Involvement Profile

Each fraternity and sorority member is encouraged to be a member in at least one other campus organization. In an effort to recognize all the ways our members are currently engaged, we will ask everyone to complete a profile.

Each member will be responsible for updating their Anchorlink profile so that it reflects all of their current organization membership and leadership experiencesThe Office of Greek Life will pull a report from Anchorlink that will reflect all involvement in September and again in January.

  • These profiles would include the following experiences:
    • Student organization involvement and any leadership positions in those organizations
    • Engagement in residential colleges
    • Status as a student athlete, resident advisor, VUCeptor

Campus & Community Engagement Events

Each fraternity and sorority member will be encouraged to attend six (6) campus events throughout the course of the academic year.

  • Fraternity and sorority members will be able to attend any events that are being offered for GME credit
  • Events may be categorized for data collection purposes, but members don’t need to fulfill any categorical requirements to meet this benchmark
  • Leaders will receive weekly newsletters inclusive of all upcoming GME events
  • Organizations can submit events for GME consideration as long as they are open to the larger campus community 

Each chapter is encouraged to find meaningful ways to contribute to the community.

  • The chapter will create a community impact plan inclusive of the following elements:
  • Identifying an issue and how it impacts the Nashville community
  • Describing how they plan to engage with the issue through service and philanthropic work that may or may not align with the focus of their inter/national organization
  • Securing a partner agency that they will work with in attempting to tackle this issue
  • The chapter will then seek to enact this plan during the course of the academic year

Benchmarks:

  • Plan submission by October 1st 
  • At the end of the year, the chapter will submit materials showing their impact on this area, examples of materials include :
    • A letter from partner agency reflecting on the group’s impact
    • Personal statements or videos from members detailing the impact of the experience
    • Submission of service hours and any other evidence of the chapter’s work

As part of the new diversity, equity, and inclusion curriculum, chapters will craft a DEI initiative that is informed by their member’s participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Ignite VU program. 

  • Ignite VU is a joint initiative between OGL and Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • Each chapter will craft a DEI statement that will describe their approach to inclusion and
  • The chapter will create a plan to advance a DEI initiative on campus
    • This plan should ensure that each member is engaged and isn’t exclusively a fundraiser
    • The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) will provide four core educational sessions that will be included in the plan as well

Benchmarks:

  • Chapter member participation in IDI and Core programs
  • At the end of the year, the chapter will submit materials showing how they have completed their specific plan (i.e. program participation, connection to other organizations, etc.)