Mission & Vision

Our vision is of a community that lives by the values upon which fraternities and sororities were founded.


The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life is committed to developing and supporting a preeminent Fraternity and Sorority community. Every fraternity and sorority at the University of Maryland, while social in nature, was established by their founders based on a commitment to certain values: brotherhood and sisterhood, service, scholarship, philanthropy and more. They believed that united rather than apart, they could make men better men, and women better women. We believe that fraternities and sororities have the potential to be the most transformative part of the college experience. Our mission is to do everything we can to make this happen.

Our vision is of a community that lives by the values upon which fraternities and sororities were founded.

We believe that fraternities and sororities have the potential to be the most transformative part of the college experience. Our mission is to do everything we can to make this happen.


Guiding philosophy

Our Guiding Philosophy is based on the following six tenets:

  • Values Congruence
  • Individual Responsibility
  • Peer Accountability
  • Interconnectedness
  • You have a choice/decision
  • Have fun doing it

Theories that Guide Our Work

1 - Sinek’s Golden Circle:

  • Why – How – What
  • Must know why we exist; our purpose, our cause, and what we believe
  • Must base how we do our work in Student Development and Learning Theories

2 - Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (also referred to as Scaffolding):

The distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined by through problem solving under adult guidance or in collaboration with more capable peers.

3 - Higher Education Research Institute’s Social Change Model based on Perspectives and corresponding seven Cs:

  • Individual: what personal qualities are we attempting to develop? Consciousness of Self; Congruence; Commitment
  • Group: what do students need to learn to work effectively in groups? Collaboration; Common Purpose; Controversy with Civility
  • Community/Society: toward what social ends is the activity directed? Citizenship

4 - Jones & McEwen’s Multiple Dimensions of Identity:

Each person has multiple identities that make up their core. No one dimension may be understood singularly; each dimension impacts the others. These different identities may have different levels of saliency, depending on the situation.


Goals

Milestone #1: Members of fraternities and sororities are engaged daily in intentional discussions about the importance of using their organizational purpose specifically to guide their decision-making.

Milestone #2: Each fraternity and sorority has active alumni who work in concert with DFSL to ensure the undergraduate members receive the maximum benefit of a values-based experience.

Milestone #3: Every member of a fraternity or sorority graduates with a higher level of multicultural competence and appreciation for diversity and inclusion than when he/she joined the chapter.

Milestone #4: Each chapter will have a facility that provides a safe, supportive environment that encourages the development of values-based living and co-curricular learning.

Milestone #5: Utilize best means (e.g. technologically) to connect, engage and support students/chapter/alumni.