Journey Facilitator Resources

Chapter Journeys

Chapter Journeys engage and support undergraduate brothers in a wide range of areas. The first set of Journeys are focused on strategic planning, managing positive change in chapter culture, strengthening brotherhood and encouraging values-based recruitment. Future Journeys have the potential to focus on risk management, substance use and abuse, and suicide. The Journey program aligns with Sigma Chi’s mission to prepare values-based leaders committed to the betterment of their character, campus and community. Journeys also embodies Sigma Chi’s core values of friendship, justice and learning by weaving accountability and feedback across the curriculum. 

The Strategic Visioning Journey is designed to help chapters plan out the year ahead based on goals set by their officers during the Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. Members generate a shared vision for the long-term future of the chapter, generate a set of their own ideas for achieving this vision and create a plan of action to put major building blocks in place. This retreat needs to be completed within 30 days of the start of the fall term at each chapter.
The Chapter rEvolution Journey is designed to help a chapter work through a cultural change, whether that change is self-directed or externally imposed. Using their own and their stakeholders’ observations, members conduct a 360-degree analysis of their chapter’s culture, learn a leadership model that explains the mechanics of culture change, and decide what steps they will take to remain relevant in a changing community, campus and society. 

The Strengthening our Brotherhood Journey is designed to bring individual members into closer and deeper personal relationships while addressing issues that present a challenge to the chapter’s sense of brotherhood. This Journey will help members articulate the meaning of brotherhood and identify specific objectives that they will personally and collectively undertake to improve the chapter as a whole. Strengthening our Brotherhood is especially helpful for chapters following recruitment, membership selection or Initiation, when interpersonal conflicts arise, or as an annual activity to reconnect members after a break.

The Recruiting the Standard Journey helps members and alumni learn recruitment processes and techniques guided by Sigma Chi's values and ideals; create a strategic planning process for a chapter-wide, 365-day recruitment approach; and utilize essential recruitment tools that will help the chapter to identify and recruit men of character.

The curriculum provides its participants with a chance to learn the psychology behind recruitment, openly discuss issues pertaining to their recruitment process, practice their recruiting skills, and establish an action plan and a 365-day recruitment calendar.

The Risk Intervention Journey addresses high-risk activities inherent in the chapter's culture, identifies the importance of policies, helps align actions with Sigma Chi's standards and values, and engages the entire chapter as partners for managing risk through the creation of action plans to improve chapter operations.

When to use the Risk Intervention Journey:

  • Major issues are arising;
  • The chapter is on the verge of suspension;
  • The chapter faces sanctions from the university, or the Chapter and Member Accountability Committee (CAMAC);
  • In the wake of a “near-miss” incident (social event, pledge activity, etc.);
  • The chapter needs to confront organizational or campus culture issues — systemic problems that are based on old and inappropriate traditions and expectations.

Role of the Facilitator

As the facilitator, your role is to guide participants through an experience that will help them address whatever issues they are facing. The success of each Journey will not come from your delivery of the content, but from the reflection, discussion, activities and commitments that the chapter's members share with each other. As a facilitator, your responsibility is to create this environment, introduce activities and ask thought-provoking questions, while letting participants reach their own conclusions. It should go without saying, but as a facilitator, you will not play the role of a presenter, teacher, parent, supervisor or advisor.

Retreat Design

The outline of each Journey follows an intentional process that is designed to help members naturally reach the objectives that they have identified. It follows an institutional format, meaning that each component builds upon the last, and every member experiences the same process. This means that individual sections should not be skipped or switched, and that all members should be present throughout the experience.

Journey involves a variety of experiences, including personal reflection, presentation, group discussion and small group exercises. The format varies throughout the day in order to maintain energy and strengthen learning outcomes. 

Facilitator Documents

 

For facilitator and participant documents for pilot Journeys (see below), please email journey@sigmachi.org. Please include the Journey documents you need, your name, the institution where you are facilitating and the date on which you plan to facilitate. Thank you!

  • Strengthening Our Brotherhood Facilitator Guide
  • Strengthening Our Brotherhood Participant Workbook
  • Recruiting the Standard Facilitator Guide
  • Recruiting the Standard Participant Workbook
  • Risk Intervention Facilitator Guide
  • Risk Intervention Participant Workbook