California State University, Northridge views the fraternity and sorority experience as a significant opportunity for student learning and involvement. Students involved with fraternity and sorority life at CSUN build leadership skills, engage in community service and philanthropic efforts, participate in academic success initiatives and join in a wide diversity of social opportunities that foster the establishment of lifelong friendships built on shared values within their Greek organization. These experiences will in many cases lead to increased university retention and greater institutional commitment as alumni.
The role of the activities coordinator for fraternity and sorority life and other fraternity and sorority advising staff at CSUN is to actively support fraternity and sorority life through advising, advocacy and education efforts. Advisors define and develop their efforts utilizing the Council for the Advancement of Standards Guidelines for Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Core Competencies for Excellence in the Profession, and university-based, as well as California State Univerisity system-wide, policies, procedures and guidelines for student organizations and activities.
Fraternity and sorority advising efforts
- Guide and facilitate the work of chapter officers, their alumni advisors and governing councils, as well as their respective national organization leadership in striving for student and chapter excellence. The activities coordinator for fraternity and sorority life maintains accurate and comprehensive records on membership statistics, scholarship achievement and matters of conduct. This information is utilized to encourage and influence positive change and promote recognition of accomplishments by fraternity and sorority members.
- Challenge and support organizations and individual members. The activities coordinator for fraternity and sorority life communicates and clarifies the university's high expectations for chapters as values-based organizations hosted at CSUN and challenges members and organizations to be accountable for their actions. This includes advising fraternity and sorority members regarding their adherence to organizational and campus-based policies and community relations in general.
- Advocate for the advancement and support of the CSUN fraternity and sorority experience within the campus community. The activities coordinator for fraternity and sorority life implements educational programs that will benefit members and positively impact their fraternal or sororal experience. They also conduct program evaluation and learning outcomes assessment to guide future best practices.
- The activities coordinator for fraternity and sorority life and additional support staff are housed within the Matador Involvement Center, an area that is overseen by the Office of Student Involvement and Development. Any persons wishing to discuss issues related to the advisement of fraternities and sororities, or to voice any concerns or grievances in this regard, are encouraged to contact the director of the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-2393 or email Patrick Bailey. All concerns will be handled respectfully and responded to in a timely manner.