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AdvanceU is a virtual based classroom with educational programs specifically designed to enhance the alignment of the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics of higher education. AdvanceU programs provide AFA members the opportunity to engage on a wide range of topics with content experts who develop curriculum with a specific set of learning outcomes geared at achieving higher levels of professional competence in our members.

Due to the generous support of Zeta Tau Alpha, AdvanceU is free to all members of the Association. This virtual classroom experience provides members with supplemental reading materials, a learning guide for each seminar, and the opportunity to engage with seminar participants following the program. The goal is to provide seminars that range from new skill development to application of new concepts. Participants are exposed to new best practices in higher education and then encouraged to apply those new concepts to our work with fraternities and sororities. Every AdvanceU session provides members the opportunity to continually develop as a professional, is grounded in the Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession, and continues to AdvanceU.

Call for Programs

We're looking to give AFA members the opportunity to engage on a wide range of topics with content experts who will develop curriculum with a specific set of learning outcomes geared at achieving higher levels of professional competence in our members. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Joslyn McGriff, AFA Assistant Executive Director.

Upcoming Program

Using CAS Standards for Effective Professional Practice in Fraternity/Sorority Advising

Tuesday, February 27 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
For almost 40 years, the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) has provided a general structure for good practice in enacting work in higher education. AFA has had a long-standing role in making that happen and has been a member of the Consortium for just over 35 of those years. Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs, the Standards for good practice in implementing a campus-based Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life, can be a useful tool for practitioners to review as they create departmental infrastructure and launch efforts to assess effectiveness and delivery of services. 

This session will focus significantly on how one might implement self-assessment and program review using the FSAP Standards. This presentation will focus on helping the participant to: 

  1. Explain the functions and utility of the CAS Standards; 
  2. Determine approaches for implementation in their FSAP/OFSL; and
  3. Identify approaches to infusing assessment and research into their ongoing practice in order to best use these Standards. 

Presentation Team

  • Daniel Bureau, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Memphis
  • Monica L. Miranda, Director of Student Involvement and Fraternity & Sorority Life, University of South Florida

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Recent Programs

Action Research as Professional Development

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This program will explore the value of action research as a form of professional development. Participants will explore the conceptual differences between action research and experimental research. The new research priorities for the Association will be shared and identify possible topics for action (or experimental) research.

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Schutts is a research associate and director at the University of West Florida and a doctoral faculty member in the department of research and advanced studies. Josh earned his B.S.B.A. in Marketing, M.Ed. in College Student Personnel and Ph.D. in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Southern Mississippi. Josh is a former F/S director and presently serves on the AFA board of directors and chairs the AFA research committee.
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Full Presentation: Action Research as Professional Link Administration 1/23/2018
Slide Deck: Action Research PDF (2.58 MB) Administration 5/25/2017

Being “Inclusive” in an Exclusive Community

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Being “Inclusive” in an Exclusive Community: Examining Transgender Membership Within Private Fraternal Organizations

If a transgender student came into your office and asked about their eligibility to join a fraternal organization, would you know how to respond? What about if a chapter approached you to ask whether they could initiate a transgender student? An increasing number of fraternal organizations are taking steps to clarify their policies on whether transgender students are eligible for membership, but the conversation is far from over. After a review on the basics of the transgender identity, this panel will settle the questions surrounding the role of Title IX in social fraternal organizations. Participants will then learn about the legal foundations of private organizations and how campus-based professionals can successfully advocate for their students, despite the limitations of the law.

Presenters: Beth Stathos, Stevie Tran and Nathan Arrowsmith.
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Full Presentation: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Link Administration 1/23/2018
Slide Deck: Being Inclusive in an Exclusive Comm. PDF (4.61 MB) Administration 1/23/2018

Collabor8. Cre8. Innov8.

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As professionals we sometimes get stuck and tend to get in a rut when trying to come up with new ideas. This program will show you how to get unstuck and keep things fresh to continually innovate by using the Creative Problem Solving Process, new tools and behaviors in order to collaborate better and get those business-changing, disruptive solutions to challenges you are facing. Learn ways to find clues and insights into what our students and organizations really need so you can find solutions to meet those needs.

“Gert” Garman is the owner of Broad Perspective, LLC. Previously, she was the Director of the Collaborative Design Center at Valencia College. Prior to that, she was a Creativity and Innovation Catalyst for Disney Destinations, where she facilitated brainstorming sessions and trained fellow Cast Members in Disney’s Innovation Toy Box for the Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. She is an alumna of the Delta Gamma Fraternity.
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Full Presentation: Collabor8. Cre8. Innov8. Link Administration 1/23/2018
Collabor8. Cre8. Innov8. - Slide Deck PDF (9.49 MB) Administration 4/28/2017

Exploring Transition and Success in Your New Role

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How do you know if you will be successful in your new position? This program will explore research from Michael D. Watkins’ book, First 90 Days and how to prepare for the transition into your new role. Whether you are about to start your new role or just started, participants will explore what success can look like in their new roles, helpful transition tips, while building a strong relationship with their supervisor.
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Handout: Transition Risk Assessment PDF (73.88 KB) Administration 6/8/2017
Handout: Identifying Cultural Norms PDF (59.92 KB) Administration 6/8/2017
Slide Deck - Exploring Transition Success PDF (3.2 MB) Administration 6/8/2017

FIPG: Risk Management is Everyone’s Responsibility

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FIPG: Risk Management is Everyone’s Responsibility

Presenter: David Westol, J.D., Principal & Owner, Limberlost Consulting, Inc.

Program Description: Those letters - FIPG - are now perhaps the most recognizable in the entire Greek world. For 30 years, the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) has been the voice for risk management policies and practices. Many colleges, universities, interfraternity and panhellenic councils across the country have adopted the FIPG policy as their own, providing a level playing field for all Greek organizations on their campus. But if we if we didn't have FIPG, where would we be? This program will review the history of the organization, the development of policies and highlight the most recent changes in structure and guidelines.
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FIPG Recorded Program Link Administration 3/13/2017
Slide Presentation: FIPG - Risk Management PDF (649.99 KB) Administration 2/23/2017

Open Your Eyes: Race, Racism, and Inclusion

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Lawrence Ross is a noted author and speaker on topics involving race, campus climate and the intersection with fraternities and sororities. In this session of Advance U, Ross will focus the discussion on the history of the white supremacy and white nationalist movements, how it impacts campus culture directly and indirectly, and what you as a professional need to know to tackle this difficult subject effectively. Fraternity and sorority professionals can play a key role in both facilitating positive and productive conversations about race and helping enact policies that ensure a welcoming and safe environment on campus.
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Open Your Eyes: Full Webinar Link Administration 9/29/2017
Open Your Eyes AFA Webinar.pdf PDF (21.16 MB) Administration 9/29/2017

Supervisor 101: How to be a Great Boss

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Full Presentation: Supervisor 101 Link Administration 1/23/2018
Slide Presentation - Supervisor 101 PDF (2.76 MB)  more ] Administration 3/31/2017
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