FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE

About the Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors (AFA)

AFA provides exceptional experiences, a vibrant community, and essential resources for the success of fraternity/sorority advisors. It is the mission of AFA to enhance its members’ abilities to foster impactful fraternity/sorority experiences. In accordance, the vision of AFA is to be the catalytic force in aligning the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics and enduring principles of higher education. AFA is commitment to professional development, academic and applied research that examines the entire spectrum of the fraternity/sorority experience and the advising profession, and collaborations within and between the higher education and interfraternal communities. Join today to explore and learn!

AFA’s Competency Model identifies two domains of competency, Foundational Knowledge and Professional Skills, across 10 competency areas, for a total of 48 competencies. Each competency area includes between three and seven competencies that operationally define good practice in the fraternity/sorority profession.

Foundational Knowledge
Foundational knowledge includes information, concepts, and ways of thinking that are unique to fraternity/sorority life and essential to serving as a fraternity/sorority professional.

  • Governance: Collegiate fraternal organizations are subject to various sources of authority, each with their own expectations. Fraternity/sorority professionals must accurately identify, interpret, navigate, and support compliance with these expectations.
  • Fraternity/Sorority Systems: Collegiate fraternal organizations have many unique operating practices, and they operate across a variety of functional areas. Professionals must be familiar with, provide accurate advice about, and be able to navigate all relevant functional areas and operating practices.
  • Student Safety: Collegiate fraternal organizations present both challenges and opportunities to enhance student safety on campus. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be familiar with the nature of these issues, the campus partners who work to prevent them, and research-supported strategies for addressing them.
  • Student Learning: College students make significant gains in learning and development in college, and fraternity/sorority membership influences their outcomes. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to explain and apply theory, research, and good practice in student learning and development to their advising, training, and educational efforts.
  • Program Administration: Fraternity/sorority professionals are responsible for contributing to the core functions of an organizational unit. They must be capable of identifying, managing, planning, and executing the basic duties of a departmental program.

Professional Skills
Professional skills include abilities that help fraternity/sorority professionals excel in their positions.

  • Navigating Complexity: Supporting collegiate fraternal organizations involves multiple functional areas and complex issues that have multiple causes and contributors with no perfect or obvious solutions. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to acknowledge, navigate, make quality decisions, and lead through these complex issues.
    Operating Strategically: There is no shortage of work to be done in supporting collegiate fraternal organizations, and not all work is equal in importance or urgency. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to coordinate multiple competing priorities, consider long-term implications of their work, use limited resources intentionally, and organize work in a way that produces the best results.
  • Driving Results: Universities and fraternal organizations are being called to demonstrate measurable progress in the many issues they face. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to deliver on institutional/organizational outcomes and demonstrate effective use of institutional/organizational resources.
    Working across Differences: College fraternal organizations serve a diverse population of students and are supported by various stakeholders with contrasting viewpoints. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to engage productively with those who have differing experiences and views to create environments where people are valued, respected, treated with dignity, and given the opportunity to participate fully in the community.
  • Collaborating with Stakeholders: Fraternities and sororities are supported by a network of stakeholders who each have their own authority, perspective, priorities, and interest in the community. Professionals who work with these organizations must take personal responsibility for working collaboratively with each stakeholder group in order to capitalize on shared interests and navigate conflicting priorities.
  • Driving Vision and Purpose: Facilitating continuous improvement in fraternity/sorority life requires interpersonal skills to align stakeholders around shared aspirations for the future. Fraternity/sorority professionals must be able to dream, create, articulate, design, and champion a vision and milestones for fraternal organizations that support their mission and values.

EVENT DETAILS

JULY 19, 2019

8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

Join us at the 2019 Drive-In for Region 4 of the Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors on Friday, July 19th  at Texas A&M University.

  • The AFA Drive-In is a regional professional development opportunity for Headquarters staff and campus based professionals who work with fraternities and sororities. Association membership is not required to attend the Drive-In. All professionals, advisors, and graduate students are encouraged to attend!
  • This one-day conference will include lunch and a number of breakout sessions where professionals, graduate students, and volunteers can obtain information, connect and network. The drive-in is open to anyone within the region and membership within the association is not required to attend!

Our conference hotel for the drive in is the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center located at 177 Joe Routt Boulevard, College Station, Texas 77840 on the campus of Texas A&M University. Our discounted rate is $120 per night. Deadline to book a room at this rate was Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS

FROM BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT

  • Continue to Hardy Toll Rd
  • Take TX-99, US-290 W and Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N to State Hwy 6 S/Texas Ave S in College Station. Take the Texas 6 Business exit from Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N
  • Take Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S and FM 2154 N/Wellborn Rd to your destination

I-45 SOUTH FROM DALLAS:

  • Follow I-35E and I-35 S to Hwy 6 S in McLennan County
  • Continue on Hwy 6 S to your destination in College Station

I-45 NORTH FROM HOUSTON:

  • Get on I-45 N
  • Take US-290 W and Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N to State Hwy 6 S/Texas Ave S in College Station. Take the Texas 6 Business exit from Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N
  • Take Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S and FM 2154 N/Wellborn Rd to your destination

WEST FROM SAN ANTONIO

  • Get on I-37 S/US-281 S from W Market St
  • Follow I-10 E, TX-130 N and TX-21 E to TX-47 S/Riverside Pkwy in Brazos County
  • Follow TX-47 S/Riverside Pkwy and Raymond Stotzer Pkwy to your destination in College Station

FROM EASTERWOOD AIRPORT

  • From McKenzie Terminal Blvd, merge right onto Raymond Stotzer Pkwy
  • Turn right onto Olsen Blvd
  • Turn left onto Old Main Dr
  • Turn Right onto Lamar St
  • Turn right on Gene Stallings Blvd
  • Destination is on your right

FROM HOBBY AIRPORT

  • Get on I-45 N. from Broadway St.
  • Follow I-45 N. to Interstate 610 W.
  • Exit 13A for U.S. 290 W. and Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N to State Hwy 6 S/Texas Ave S in College Station. Take the Texas 6 Business exit from Hwy 6 N/TX-6 N
  • Take Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S. and FM 2154 N/Wellborn Rd to your destination

PARKING INFORMATION

Once you arrive at the Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center, Cain Garage is attached to the hotel. Additional parking near the hotel is located at the University Campus Garage. Parking costs are included in your registration. Please obtain a parking ticket as you enter the garage and bring it to the registration table when you check in.

Electronic parking maps (for garage entry points):

Cain Garage 

University Campus Garage

If you visit campus on Thursday or Saturday, here are the hourly visitor parking rates:

DURATION 6 AM – 4:59 PM 5 PM – 5:59 AM
Entry – 1 hr $2 $1
1 hr – 2 hrs $4 $2
2 hrs – 3 hrs $6 $3
Each additional 1 hour $1 $0.50

Max Daily Rate: $15
Lost Ticket Fee: $15

Customers have 15 minutes to exit garage facilities after payment is rendered. Additional payment is required after 15 minutes.