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First 90 Days


As a member of AFA, you have the awesome responsibility and privilege of being a leader. The impact of the work you do is much broader than you may realize. This is not just another job or volunteer opportunity. It's a chance to instill and nurture the values we believe in and the principles we stand for in the young people who will lead our country, businesses and communities one day.


The First 90 Days program helps new fraternity/sorority professionals acclimate to one of the most unique roles in higher education. Through a series of interactive web conference sessions and special projects, participants build their networks, understand their positions, and learn how to put their expertise into practice.


The program has been designed based on a needs assessment of fraternity/sorority professionals and stakeholders at every level of expertise. The result is a developmental experience that provides clear expectations about what it means to be a campus-based professional and helps participants transition into the role more effectively.


During the program, participants interact with a variety of colleagues to build a network of expertise that they can draw upon throughout their career. They integrate professional philosophy into daily practice, and work with their supervisor to clarify what is expected of a fraternity/sorority professional. The experience also help participants identify their continued professional development needs and aspirations beyond the program



The program involves bi-weekly web conference sessions that involve delivery of information, panel discussions, question/answer time, and small group discussions. Participants will further explore content delivered during the live sessions through private reflection, paired and small group conversation, and activities outside these sessions. This will include diagrams, drawing, writing and thinking, shared journaling, and completion of projects.


Whether you've just started, or are several months into your new job, the First 90 Days Program is designed for those who are eager to improve themselves so that they may better serve those they lead. The program is best suited to new fraternity/sorority professionals in their first year of practice.


Schedule at a Glance

Sessions are every other week from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST beginning Monday, September 11 and concluding Monday, December 11 following a capstone experience at the 2017 AFA Annual Meeting. Participants should dedicate approximately 2 hours per week, and their direct supervisors should expect to participate in and support specific activities. If you are not available during this time, we still encourage you to register as all sessions will be recorded.


Click for a full participant syllabus. Or, view below for a schedule overview.


September 11 - Session 1 The Challenge
Challenge 1 Are You Ready?
September 25 - Session 2 The Collaborators
Challenge 2 Building Connections
October 9 - Session 3 The Fraternity/Sorority Professional
Challenge 3 Understanding Partners
October 23 - Session 4 The Interfraternal Landscape
Challenge 4 Integrating Principles
November 6 - Session 5 Managing Up
Challenge 5 Managing Relationships
November 20 - Session 6 Knowledge and Skills
November 30 - Annual Meeting Session           Am I Ready?: Revisited
December 11 - Session 7 My Professional Identity
Challenge 7 Continuing the Path



Melissa Kish is currently the Associate Director of Leadership & Inclusion and Fraternity & Sorority Life at Indiana University Bloomington, where she oversees leadership programming, student government, co-curricular/curricular programs and fraternity & sorority life. A native Hoosier, Kish holds a bachelors and master’s degree from Ball State University and is a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.


Byron Hughes serves the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Virginia Tech where he provides overall leadership, strategic planning and support to the fraternity and sorority community, as well as leadership and supervision to the team members in Fraternity and Sorority Life. Byron earned a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Salisbury University, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at Virginia Tech. Byron is also a member of Alpha Sigma Phi.



Program registration is $95 and is open from July 3 - August 31. Click here to register.



Please contact Joslyn McGriff at the Central Office at 970-797-4361 ext. 109  with any questions.


This program is made possible through a generous gift from Sigma Chi Fraternity to the AFA Foundation; program developed by RISE Partnerships


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