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.


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All expenses (transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) are provided by the SAM Foundation Grant.  There is no expense to the undergraduate participant.


Program dates:

January 10-12, 2020 

Dallas, TX

Monthly virtual meetings (Feb, March, April, May)

May 2020 – 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.


Applications are no longer being accepted for DLI 2020


Draft schedule:

Coming Soon!


Project Overview:

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 tackling 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