Graduate Student Encounter

In a partnership between The Northeast Greek Leadership Association and ForCollegeForLife, if you're a graduate student attending the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference, this program is designed for you!

It is easy to get lost in the sorority and fraternity world. There are so many exciting adventures and opportunities. Sorority and fraternity work is complex, which means there are the decisions that we make with ease and there are the decisions that give us headaches. There are professionals who have come before us and created pathways, walkways, and trails, and we are eager to create roads, bridges, and ladders for those who come after us. It is essential that new practitioners have clarity around who they are, what they believe, what they are passionate about, and what they want to teach others. New practitioners must create their own plan for success and define what failure looks like for themselves.

To participate in the Graduate Student Encounter, register for the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference.

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What will the experience look like?

The Graduate Student Encounter, comprised of five 60-minute educational sessions, is best experienced by attending all sessions (but participants are welcome to join the sessions that work for them). The education team from ForCollegeForLife has collaborated with NGLA to offer three programs on Friday, February 24 as part of this experience:

  • [micro]AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Culture presented by Qy’Darrius “Q” McEachern
  • Owning Your Voice: Breaking Up with the Fear of Public Speaking presented by Jasmine C. Williams
  • Restorative Power: Confronting Conflict, Learning How to Have the Difficult Conversations, and Understanding How to Live Restoratively presented by Carlos J. Malave

[micro]AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Culture presented by Qy’Darrius “Q” McEachern

Friday, February 24

There’s nothing small about microaggressions. Their impact and cumulative weight are more than any individual can and should endure. For too long these words and phrases have been used without considering their harm. In this thought-provoking and interactive program, Q helps audience members to develop a deeper understanding of how language matters related to inclusivity. In doing so, he guides a dialogue on the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of language, and how word choice can influence group dynamics. Through powerful activities and dialogue, attendees will better understand how to foster inclusivity and challenge themselves to lead and support students authentically.

Audience members will:

  • Explore the concept of microaggressions and how it impacts individuals and groups
  • Dialogue about how language is a manifestation of power dynamics
  • Develop strategies related to fostering inclusivity and respect through the minimization and elimination of microaggressions

Owning Your Voice: Breaking Up with the Fear of Public Speaking presented by Jasmine C. Williams and Jay Harris

Friday, February 24

If you ask Americans to list their greatest fears, you don’t have to go very far to land on speaking in public. In fact, three out of every four people have a fear of public speaking. Whether we like it or not, public speaking is a crucial career skill for the classroom or board room and overcoming that fear can set you apart from everyone else. Jasmine knows—from her undergraduate degree, working with one of the largest media companies in the country, to now as a professional speaker, she has developed a proven mindset and strategy to ensure her voice never gets silenced by fear.
She is ready to help you own your voice, embolden your message, and prepare to be heard!

Audience members will:

  • Consider the importance of public speaking and its application in any career field.
  • Discuss how to craft content for any audience using a proven, three-step method.
  • Apply simple strategies to improve their speaking skills, such as how to stop using “like” or “um.”

Restorative Power: Confronting Conflict, Learning How to Have the Difficult Conversations, and Understanding How to Live Restoratively presented by Carlos J. Malave

Friday, February 24

Restorative Power is the ability to live in a way that allows us to identify the root of all causes in our lives. For years, restorative practices, which is a practice that focuses on improving and repairing relationships, were used as a replacement to discipline within school systems. Today, Carlos vows to change the narrative. This engaging program allows audience members to develop a mindset and strategies not only to identify conflict, but also reduce it through meaningful, purposeful dialogue. It is intended to help individuals and groups learn to communicate better and establish higher levels of dignity and mutual respect.

This is bigger than a job for Carlos. His father was a product of the school-to-prison pipeline. It’s now his goal to dismantle and replace that system with a new one. 

Audience members will:

  • Identify the difference between conflict and confrontation
  • Investigate and address daily habits
  • Develop purposeful strategies to confront and reduce conflict

Who Should Attend?

Graduate students attending the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference are welcome.

How Much Is It?

This program is free for anyone registered for the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference.

Where and When Is It?

The Graduate Student Encounter, exclusively for participants of the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference, is a five-hour series spanning two days:

  • Friday, February 24 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET
  • Friday, February 24 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
  • Friday, February 24 from 2:15pm - 3:15pm ET
  • Saturday, February 25 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET
  • Saturday, February 25 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Participants will engage in live sessions in Pittsburgh as part of the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference.

Who is Presenting?

ForCollegeForLife is the primary host of the Graduate Student Encounter. Additional program information will be shared in December.