The Developing Leaders Initiative (DLI) is the premier leadership program for Sigma Alpha Mu undergraduates, funded by the Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation. Exceptional undergraduate members from across North America are selected to participate in this special program. Sigma Alpha Mu is excited to share that the program is being changed to an annual program that will consist of a rewarding six-month leadership experience beginning with an in-person weekend meeting in January and concluding with a virtual meeting in May with the Octagon.
Want to learn more? Check out the DLI One Sheet
All expenses (transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) are provided by the SAM Foundation Grant. There is no expense to the undergraduate participant.
January 18 – 21, 2019 (Friday to Monday of MLK Weekend in-person meeting in Indianapolis, IN)
Monthly virtual meetings (Feb, March, April, May)
May 2019 – Final virtual meeting with the Octagon
Program objectives include:
Enhance leadership skills, cultural competency, and professional skills
Provide an immersion experience in organizational governance and the Fraternity's International leadership
Develop or revise innovate program or reform for the Fraternity (reference Project below)
Prepare for post-collegiate involvement in the Jewish Community and Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
Embrace and inspire the values of Sigma Alpha Mu
Network with other undergraduates, alumni
All undergraduate members of Sigma Alpha Mu chapters and colonies are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in Good Standing within chapter/colony and institution. DLI is funded by the SAM Foundation and there is no cost for the member.
The application is available HERE. Application deadline is November 1, 2018.
Please encourage your members to apply!
8:00 PM Flights in – Airport pick up at 8 pm
8:30 PM Dinner
9:00 AM Opening Session & DLI Overview
10:30 AM State of Fraternities (Guest Speaker)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM State of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity (Guest Speaker)
2:30 PM Teambuilder
3:00 PM Advocacy (Guest Speaker)
4:00 PM Think Tank
6:00 PM Dinner and Evening Leadership Activity
8:30 AM Board of Directors (Guest Speaker)
10:00 AM Ask the Octagon! (Q&A with members of the Octagon)
11:30 AM Community Involvement (Guest Speaker)
12:30 AM Lunch
2:00 PM Volunteerism with SAM (Guest Speaker)
3:00 PM Project Work Time
7:00 PM Dinner and Evening Activity
8:00 AM Final Group Breakfast
11:00 AM Flights out
The Octagon will provide topics or areas of the Fraternity that need reformed, revised and revamped. These topics or areas will be centered around Sigma Alpha Mu’s approach to tackle global fraternity issues. DLI will decide on one of those proposed topics and will work over the six months on that project, with a final virtual presentation to the Octagon on the completed project. The Octagon is looking forward to having undergraduate input and direction on these important areas of the Fraternity.
The project will include:
Analyzing the area or topic
Researching best practices
Creating an action plan
Implementing the action plan