Division of Student Affairs
Emerging Leaders in the Greek Community
Emerging Leaders in the Greek Community Travel to Futures Quest
The BGSU Greek community participated in FuturesQuest October 19-21st at Camp Wilson in Bellefontaine, OH. Futures Quest, a program hosted by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), provides leadership training to individuals who have joined a fraternity or sorority in the past two years and are considered emerging leaders in their chapters. About 80 participants representing the Panhellenic Council, the National Pan Hellenic Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Interfraternity Council attended the program and, through small group sessions, leadership activities, and large group challenges, bonded over their common Greek membership experiences. According to the NIC, “the focus of the weekend is identifying personal strengths and challenges, developing leadership and communication skills, exploring personal values and strength of conviction, and making a commitment to fraternal ideals.”
Each small group of participants was led through the Quest by a mentor, a full-time Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff Member or Graduate House Director who, along with conducting group activities, shared knowledge and offered guidance in a variety of ways. Each small group was also paired with an undergraduate student who had been through Futures Quest before and could provide support. The relationships developed between participants and mentors were very strong and have continued back on campus at BGSU. The participants also built powerful connections to one another throughout this intensive-living learning experience. They were eager to discuss community challenges, successes, and how to move their chapters forward. Many participants commented that because of the experience, they felt more interested in taking on a leadership role on a governing council or within their own chapter. At the conclusion of the weekend, participants left with an action plan for the future and a new perspective regarding their role in the fraternity and sorority community.