2021 Fiji Academy

The Fiji Leadership Academy, conducted each year in early January, is designed to help new chapter officers succeed by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to lead their chapter. Participants are exposed to the basic elements of chapter operations as well as higher level leadership development. 

After careful consideration, and evaluating several alternatives, the Archons voted to cancel the in-person 2021 Fiji Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. Instead, the Fraternity will provide important undergraduate chapter officer and graduate advisor training virtually on January 8-9, 2021.

Registration

Information on how to register will be available soon. An email announcement will go to all undergraduate chapter officers and graduate advisors when registration is live.

Register Now

Undergraduates

Tracks are offered for Presidents, Treasurers, Recording Secretaries, Corresponding Secretaries, Historians, New Member Educators and Recruitment Chairmen. The Fraternity expects at least three brothers from each chapter to attend, but we strongly encourage participation in all seven officer tracks.

Each chapter and colony will initially be billed a $1,500 registration fee. However, your chapter or colony can be credited back the fee if chapter officers and key chairmen participate. 
 
  • If at least 3 undergraduate brothers (elected officers, recruitment chairman and/or new member educators) fully participate, the chapter or colony will be credited back $1,000. 
  • If at least 5 undergraduate brothers (elected officers, recruitment chairman and/or new member educators) fully participate, the chapter or colony will be credited back the entire registration fee of $1,500.

Graduates

Tracks are also offered for Section Chiefs, Purple Legionnaires, Board of Chapter Advisor members and House Corporation members. Given the ease of participation, we hope that every chapter will have at least one advisor participate.

Schedule At A Glance

We ask that new chapter officers, Section Chiefs, Purple Legionnaires, Board of Chapter Advisor members and House Corporation members hold January 8-9 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET (9:00 am - 3:00 pm PT).

Friday, January 8

  • 12:00 pm - 1:35 pm ET: Welcome & Keynote
  • 2:15 pm - 4:45 pm ET: Chapter Officer Tracks
  • 4:50 pm - 6:00 pm ET: Closing Session

Saturday, January 9

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET: Opening & Keynote sponsored by the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation
  • 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm ET: Breakout Session A
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET: Redefining Brotherhood
  • 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm ET: Breakout Session B
  • 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm ET: Breakout Session C
  • 5:05 pm - 5:20 pm ET: Closing Session

Saturday Breakout Session Descriptions

 Comin' for That Cheney Cup: Awards Application How to

Is your chapter eager to apply for Phi Gamma Delta awards and bring home some hardware this year? Join this session as we review the awards process, requirements, and best practices to help you put your best foot forward.

 Communications at the Testing Point

There are, unfortunately, times when chapters are faced with a crisis. As chapter leaders, the way you act and communicate in a serious situation is deeply important. This session is not a presentation. It's an interactive exercise where PR Director Mike Sacks (James Madison 2004) will ask participants to react and respond to an escalating series of events. We'll work as groups, discuss communications choices and protocols at each step, and better define the role of chapter leaders when faced with an urgent testing point. 

 Goodbye Bad Cop/Good Cop: Creating Effective Accountability Through Your Judicial Board

Friendship is the sweetest influence - especially when it comes to your judicial processes. This session will help you develop a judicial board process which will become a welcome, helping hand rather than a never-ending game of bad cop/good cop by challenging you to think differently about how your chapter can build a system of accountable support around struggling brothers.

 Graduate Relations in a Socially Distant World

While many things have changed in the past year the need to stay connected with graduate brothers has not. Come learn about the impact of chapter newsletters, websites, social media accounts and other graduate communications. Best practices will be discussed in this interactive session. Brothers will walk away with a plan to better communicate and improve the chapter's relationship with its graduate brothers.

 Introduction to the New Building Courageous Leaders New Member Education Program

Phi Gamma Delta is excited to launch this new and improved onboarding experience for our New Members in January 2021! This session will introduce chapter members and graduate brothers to the Building Courageous Leaders New Member Education Program and discuss how your chapter can design a calendar that will meet your unique needs. Chapters that are required to use the Fraternity’s New Member education program are highly encouraged to have at least one cabinet member attend this session. New Member Educators will receive this content during their officer training track on Friday and should attend other sessions during this time.

 Leading During Turbulent Times

Student leadership was never easy, but now there are unique challenges not covered in traditional transition binders. Sifting through the noise and leading with purpose is more important than ever. In this interactive and engaging program, student leaders receive a framework that allows them to refocus their most critical leadership priorities.

 Opening Doors, Simple Steps to Inclusion

In the current diversity-focused climate of higher education, fraternities and fraternity men are often given a bad reputation for their lack of open-mindedness and diversity. During this presentation, brothers will first work to understand various identities, identify challenges to creating an inclusive environment in their chapter and will work through simple strategies to promote diversity in an approachable manner, including goal setting for their term and capitalizing on campus resources.

 Promoting Scholarship in Your Chapter

Many of our chapters confront the same problems that interfere with a successful scholarship program. The usual solutions do not work in all chapters. This dynamic session asks that you bring the most persistent problem(s) your chapter scholarship program must overcome, and together we will get new solutions that have worked in other chapters.