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Leadership Development


GEL Graduates Spring 2015

GEL is geared towards freshmen and sophomore members of the Greek community who are interested in getting involved on campus, in the fraternity and sorority community, and in developing their own leadership skills.  There are six educational sessions held throughout the semester.  Participants are nominated by the chapter presidents of their respective organizations to participate. GEL is facilitated each semester by Peer Leaders who have completed training through the Center for Excellence in Peer Education.  Students who participate in this program will experience the following:

  • Exhibit effective collaboration skills through various teamwork activities.
  • Examine the importance of ethical leadership through evaluating their own personal values and those of their organizations.
  • Learn to be proponents of positive change within their community and the University community.
  • Learn to understand and appreciate the background of their peers as well as their own environment through diversity activities, readings and discussions.


IMPACT 2015 Participants

GLI is held every January and provides new chapter presidents and other leaders the training and information we believe is necessary to be a successful peer leader in our community. Participants  have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss issues in our community, learn how to facilitate change and face challenges as a leader, learn the logistics of effective fraternity and sorority leadership and brainstorm ways to help enhance the quality of our values-based organizations. The purpose of the GLI is to give Greek leaders the opportunity to:

  • Establish relationships by collaborating with their peers.
  • Provide participants with a set of leadership tools, determine individual leadership styles, and apply those skills to daily chapter management.
  • Enhance communication skills between peers and form a collaborative and functioning fraternity and sorority community.
  • Adopt a clear, concise, and supportive vision for the direction of the fraternity and sorority community at the College of Charleston.

All chapter and council presidents and one other member from the chapter’s executive board are required to attend this program.


Presidents will have meetings with Fraternity and Sorority Life Office staff on a regular basis. Group meetings will be held at the beginning of each semester to review important community dates, policies and procedures, and other pertinent logistical information.  In addition to these group meetings, chapter presidents will also have 1-4 one-on-one meetings with a Fraternity & Sorority Life staff member where they will be given resources to help each with their own personal development, leadership development, establish chapter goals and individual goals.  Staff will discuss the role of a chapter president as well as the role each will have in the fraternity and sorority community.