The Four Pillars: Leadership

Membership in a fraternity or sorority offers students opportunities to develop their leadership skills.   Conferences, leadership retreats, leadership development programs, and officer training are ways students enhance their leadership ability as a member of the Greek community.

True leadership comes from experience.

As a member of Greek life, you'll find tremendous opportunities that will give you the experience to become an effective leader and will open the doors to the leadership skills within yourself that will prepare you for your career and life.

Fraternities and sororities are self-governing, giving members numerous leadership possibilities.

Greek students hold offices in nearly every major student organization on campus including the Student Senate, the Graduate Student Association, Nucleus, Vector, NSBE, HOST/SHPE, and the Student Activities Council, as well as holding important jobs such as residence assistants and Campus Center managers. With these highly visible and established positions, Greeks take an active part in shaping the NJIT campus and community.  The Greek community is looking for quality members that will be active in their organizations and on campus.

We have various opportunities for Greeks; from new member programs to leadership retreats to diversity education. Greek Life strives to educate students about critical issues facing the campus community and enhances the students' leadership skills and experiences via:

Greek Leadership Summit

For chapter presidents, executive board members, councils and Greeks,  this one day retreat brings the leaders of the NJIT Greek community together to begin building a sense of community among the many types of Greek organizations on campus.  The conference goes over policies and procedures for the usage of the Campus Center, leadership development initiatives, planning and advertising of a campus event, and Greek Life workshops. The workshops include topics such as the State of the Fraternity, Leading with your Letters, Cultivating Student’ Voices – Shaping Fraternal Futures, Developing Relationships with Greek Advisors, Changing Campus Culture, Unless a Death Occurs, We exist too; promoting inclusion of culturally based fraternities and sororities, Image is everything, Alcohol & the Impact on Campus Culture, and Alumni Development / Relations: Building a Successful Chapter. This retreat is usually held in September.

New Member Education Program

New members of the NJIT Greek community are provided with leadership training and education that are essential for their success at NJIT and in the Greek community. Students participate in educational sessions that enhance their Greek life experience based on the 4 pillars of value-based organizations: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Friendship. Programs such as Leadership Development, Risk Management, Hazing and Alcohol awareness, Academic Success, Service Day, and Self-wellness are an example of the New Member Education Program. This program is held every semester.

Chapter Leadership Retreats (CLR)

Fraternities and Sororities host their annual chapter retreats, which are usually held in spring or summer. They are designed to assist in developing and refining membership leadership skills, set chapter goals and visions, brainstorm recruitment ideas, chapter bonding, brotherhood and sisterhood development and prepare themselves for the upcoming academic year.

Student Leadership Program - NJIT

Student Leadership Programs is located in the Lisa A. Pierce Center for Student Leadership, Campus Center 495.  Staff is available to assist all student organizations in planning leadership workshops and training for organization members.  The Pierce Center for Student Leadership features books, workshop packets, and videos to help develop student’s leadership skills.  For more information, contact Sherlene Ayala at (973) 596-5640 or sherlene.i.ayala@njit.edu.

Within the Pierce Center for Student Leadership, you can get information on: The Leadership Certificate Programs, Leadership Services, Leadership Links, Leadership Resources Library, Newsletters and much more.

Student Leadership Programs & Certificates

Greek Leadership Certificate Program

Every year Greek Members have the opportunity to earn a NJIT leadership certificate.  The Leading Edge Program sponsored by the Office of Leadership Development and Office of Greek Life, is designed for the experienced student leader to learn skills applicable to organization and team development.  There is open enrollment year-round, and students can finish the program at any time.  Leadership skills are essential, not only in today’s college environment, but they are exactly what employers are looking for when they hire for any position.

Omicron Delta Kappa - ODK

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a National Leadership Honor Society that organizes students, staff, and faculty who, while excelling in their academic and professional work, have contributed in special ways to the NJIT Community. By bringing these individuals together as a group it seeks to help the University transform the lives of its students and the broader community.  Greek leaders in their junior and senior year are recognized by ODK for displaying outstanding scholarship, involvement and leadership within the campus community. For more information, contact Sherlene Ayala at (973) 596-5640 or sherlene.i.ayala@njit.edu

Omicron Delta Kappa

Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute

A 5-day national Greek leadership academy in Indianapolis, held throughout the summer, the premiere Greek Leadership Academy in the country. NJIT selects outstanding Greek leaders to attend each summer. In addition, many chapters send their chapter presidents to this program and NJIT sends its Greek Advisor to be part of the facilitator team at UIFI. For more information and dates, visit the NIC web site.

Greek Life Leadership Awards - NJIT

Click here for a listing of the current Awards. All fraternities and sororities are encouraged to apply. Application packets are made available each spring semester in April. The Leadership Awards Program is usually held in May. Come out to support your fellow Greeks.

Each spring the NJIT Greek community comes together to celebrate its accomplishments. Awards are given in several different categories including Outstanding Fraternity, Outstanding Sorority, Outstanding Greek Man, Outstanding Greek Woman, Outstanding Service Event, Outstanding Scholarship Event and several other areas related to exemplary Greek Life.