The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising supports the development of fraternity and sorority organizations and their members on campus.
Below you can find out more information about our office, signaturing programming, and our Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Program.
Please contact our office with any questions about fraternities and sororities at Colgate.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising Mission and Goals
The mission of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising is to cultivate and advocate for a strong community of leadership, philanthropy, friendship, and scholarship. We strive to cultivate a welcoming, meaningful, developmental and inclusive fraternity/ sorority experience for students who wish to participate. We will push ourselves to be rooted in tradition, while advancing the fraternal experience and relevance. Our community is committed to our members reaching their fullest potential.
Colgate’s fraternities and sororities seek to enhance the student experience, mold thoughtful and engaged adults, and provide lifelong connections and have set the following goals:
Promoting reflection and making connections between academics and the broader world through dialogue, idea exchange, and interactions with multiple stakeholders.
Developing a lifelong commitment to civic engagement by contributing to greater social awareness and positive social change; engaging in direct service at Colgate and in surrounding communities; facilitating opportunities to develop ethical and articulate leaders.
Treating all members of the Colgate community fairly, welcoming students of all backgrounds, collaborating with other groups, encouraging expression of various beliefs/backgrounds within group, promoting discovery of new perspectives, and organizing events with broad appeal.
Expressing a commitment to members’ well-being and structuring programs to support a healthy lifestyle.
Instilling pride and responsibility for the organization’s actions, upholding a clear mission, providing high expectations and transparency, and promoting opportunities for meaningful reflection.
Encouraging social interaction among members, facilitating continuity and evolution of the organization, honoring and developing constructive traditions, fostering peer learning, and connecting with active alumni mentors and resource
OFSA engages affiliated students regularly in programming designed to facilitate leadership development and equip students with the necessary skills and resources to be successful members of our community.
Programming includes but is not limited to:
- President’s Roundtables - Chapter and Council presidents meet bi weekly to discuss community issues or relevant topics. Campus partners across the Dean of the College Division and other University Divisions will present and engage with students in these meetings.
- Executive Retreat - Each January executive board leaders from each chapter and council gather for this day long retreat. Participants explore leadership concepts and skills relevant to managing and leading a complex and active organization.
- New Member Orientation - After receiving and accepting a bid in the Fall Semester, new members participate in an orientation program designed to acclimate them to the fraternity and sorority community and details community expectations.
- Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) and Policy Training - Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a skills training program specifically designed for college students. The emphasis of the training is on how to handle situations in which individuals have misused alcohol. Policy training is delivered with ASTP and is designed to walk students through the policies and procedures associated with hosting events with alcohol. The training is focused on educating students about the requirements to register and host an event as well as the considerations for event planning.
The Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Program
The Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Program (FSEP) is designed to allow chapters to critically think about their successes and challenges in direct cooperation with the core values of their organization. This program is directly aligned with the mission of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Advising at Colgate University. The program is conducted on an annual basis to measure Chapter performance, accredit Chapters, acknowledge Chapters for excellent performance, and share Chapter successes as well as barriers to success with the greater Colgate Community. The Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Program consists of 3 parts: Chapter Goals, Chapter Focus Area Presentations and Chapter Performance Summary.