Presidents’ Retreat 2016
To start off the New Year, Greek Life held its annual one day president’s retreat at Georgia State University’s Indian Creek Lodge. During this retreat, the presidents of the 32 social Greek organizations as well as the executive officers from all four Greek Councils worked together to forge new bonds within the Greek community. From presentations to break out sessions, participants engaged in a wide variety of community building initiatives.
To start the day, student leaders learned about the strength finding activity called True Colors and the dynamics that forge individuality as well as collective cohesion when working in group settings. This activity gave participants an opportunity to learn more about themselves as well as the other members of the Greek community. BaFa BaFa, an activity facilitated by the Multicultural Center, pushed participants to explore diversity at its core and address some of the difficult issues associated with cultural diversity and cultural awareness. To foster community and team building, Greek Life teamed up with Recreational Services to complete an outdoor low ropes obstacle course. Divided into groups, these leaders realized the importance of community and the benefits of working together to achieve a common goal. These activities and presentations helped presidents and executive board members foster new relationships as well as cultivate a bond that is sure to enhance the Greek Community. As a final activity, participants created a Greek Life puzzle to represent the Greek community. Each organization as well as each council decorated individual puzzle pieces. These pieces symbolized the special and unique qualities that every organization and council brings to the Georgia State University community.
The president’s retreat was an impactful initiative that left the participants feeling inspired. Partnering with other Georgia State University departments, such as the Recreational Services Department and the Multicultural Center, demonstrated the many resources in the university available to the Greek community.