Tri Delta Alumna Shares UIFI Facilitator Experience

Iota Pi Tri Deltas 1_web.jpgThe Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) is a five-day experience that brings together fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to create opportunities to explore, define and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness and commitment to their values-based organizations. At UIFI, students will be provided the opportunity to improve their own leadership abilities and learn the skills to positively affect their chapter, council and community.

The Center for Living, Learning & Leading annually provides scholarships for Tri Delta collegians to attend this valuable experience, but we also have numerous Tri Delta alumnae current working or serving the fraternity and sorority community who volunteer their time to facilitate. We are thankful for the service and dedication of each Tri Delta and are thrilled to have them representing our organization at UIFI.

Kristen Kardas, Adelphi, Assistant Director for Greek Life at Ohio University shares her story of facilitating at UIFI this summer.

I decided to apply to be a facilitator for UIFI following an extremely positive experience as an intern for NGLA [Northeast Greek Leadership Association] in February. I was overjoyed to not only be selected as a facilitator, but to be placed for my first choice session: Session 2 - Iota Pi. I went into the experience with a completely open mind, not quite certain what to expect, but being told by others that the experience would be completely life-changing. It not only met, but exceeded those expectations. UIFI came at a perfect time in my life, as I transition from being a graduate student to a new professional as the Assistant Director for Greek Life at Ohio University. UIFI let me recharge my batteries and proved to me that serving in my role not only matters to students, but that it truly is my passion. I believe in the fraternity/sorority movement, and being able to represent Tri Delta in a positive light was extremely rewarding.

The most powerful moment for me was standing up to say my purpose with the other Tri Deltas in the room, and feeling the connection of our common values. I was able to connect with the other three Tri Deltas present for Iota Pi (one facilitator, two collegians) and share in the perpetual bond of friendship. I am so lucky to have worked with an incredible group of facilitators, over 80 students dedicated to making a positive change, and led by presenters Peter Smithhisler and Libby Anderson, both of whom shared their extreme commitment to believing in fraternity and sorority done right. I am proud to wear my badge, have a deeper appreciation for its meaning, and I know that Tri Delta can be a part of making this change in our community, and I am overjoyed to be a part of that change.