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Students gain leadership skills at conference

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February 08, 2024
Meghan O'Toole

Last weekend, six students in leadership positions with fraternities and sororities attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) National Conference in Indiana.

Lake Forest College students who attended were Interfraternity Council President and Delta Chi member Giorgio Papadatos ’24, former Alpha Phi President Kara Hennessy ’24, Delta Gamma President Hannah Smith ’25, Delta Delta Delta President Ari Collins ’25, President of Panhellenic Association and Delta Gamma member Maia AlBarrak ’26, and Alpha Tau Omega Health and Safety Officer Carter Pirrera ’27.

The conference equips student leaders to apply critical thinking skills, adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to address unmet needs, commit to inclusive and accessible practices, understand how to distribute time and resources in order to effect systemic change and sustainable progress, and make fiscally responsible decisions.

The students gained insights, tools, and skills that have already been impacting how they lead their organizations.

“One of the things we learned is how to highlight our values and consider what separates us from other organizations on campus,” Papadatos said. “My fraternity’s values are different from other fraternities’ values. At the end of the day, we’re here to promote friendship, character development, and service to the community.”

AFLV regularly has close to 300 campuses engaged and over 4,000 fraternity and sorority members in attendance at experiences each year.