Program Information

Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Virtual Leadership Summit is an immersive, live virtual program dedicated to providing women with the opportunity for leadership skills development. Participants will have the opportunity to experience sessions covering a variety of essential topics for today’s emerging leader, including resilience, inclusion and self-advocacy. Collegians will explore leadership on a personal level and gain real-world skills that they can use to benefit their chapter, campus, professional and personal communities.

The Virtual Leadership Summit will be held three times during summer 2021. Chapters are assigned to attend one of the program dates below (see Chapter Assignments tab).

June 24-25, 2021
Serving collegiate chapters in Eastern Time

July 15-16, 2021
Serving collegiate chapters in Eastern Time and Central Time

July 29-30, 2021
Serving collegiate chapters in Central Time, Mountain Time and Pacific Time

This program is being offered in summer 2021 due to the cancelation of the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute (LDI).

Please contact Lexi Moore, program coordinator, with additional questions.

EXPECTATIONS DURING THE PROGRAM

  • Participants are expected to be in attendance for the duration of the program. This includes all large group and small group sessions. View the schedule here.
  • Webcams and audio are expected to be enabled during small group sessions.
  • A safe, quiet and comfortable environment is needed for the duration of the program.
  • Attire for this program is casual. An example of appropriate casual attire can be comfortable pants and an Alpha Sigma Alpha t-shirt.

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • To participate in this program, participants should have access to internet/stable WiFi and a device with a webcam and a microphone.
  • Participants will be provided with a digital version of the program book via email the week of the program. Participants can utilize the digital program book to type their notes or may print the program book in advance.
  • A pen and notebook might be needed for additional notetaking.
Registration deadline – Monday, May 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
FeEs

Registration: $50 per person
Late registration: $70 per person

Chapter Assignments

June 24-25, 2021

Alpha, Longwood University
Alpha Gamma, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Nu Nu, Drexel University
Beta Epsilon, James Madison University
Beta Iota, Radford University
Gamma Clio, State University of New York – Cortland
Gamma Iota, Rochester Institute of Technology
Gamma Psi, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Gamma Phi, St. Johns University
Delta Gamma, West Chester University
Delta Epsilon, Mansfield University
Delta Iota, University of Delaware
Delta Chi, Bloomsburg University
Epsilon Gamma, Virginia Commonwealth University
Epsilon Eta, Virginia Wesleyan University
Epsilon Theta, Penn State Behrend
Epsilon Kappa, Millersville University
Epsilon Tau, University of Maryland- Baltimore County
Epsilon Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania
Zeta Gamma, Gannon University
Zeta Theta, Wagner College
Zeta Iota, Stony Brook University
Zeta Lambda, Rowan University
Zeta Nu, Moravian College
Zeta Upsilon, University of Lynchburg
Zeta Chi, Niagara University
Theta Beta, Roanoke College
Theta Gamma, Christopher Newport University
Theta Lambda, Frostburg State University
Theta Sigma, Southern Connecticut State University
Theta Omega, University of New Haven
Iota Alpha, Suffolk University
Iota Gamma, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Gamma Chi, Bryant University

July 15-16, 2021

Beta Theta, Central Michigan University
Beta Kappa, Western Illinois University
Beta Nu, Murray State University
Beta Pi, Concord University
Beta Rho, Northern Illinois University
Beta Upsilon, Indiana State University
Gamma Lambda, Loyola University of Chicago
Gamma Mu, Adrian College
Gamma Omega, Eastern Illinois University
Delta Eta, DePaul University
Delta Kappa, University of Southern Indiana
Delta Nu-A, Kettering University
Delta Nu-B, Kettering University
Delta Sigma, Saginaw Valley State University
Epsilon Phi, Indiana University
Zeta Beta, University of Wisconsin- River Falls
Zeta Omicron, Muskingum University
Zeta Rho, University of West Alabama
Zeta Tau, Grand Valley State University
Zeta Phi, Illinois Institute of Technology
Zeta Omega, Austin Peay State University
Theta Alpha, Coe College
Theta Zeta, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Theta Mu, Valdosta State University
Theta Nu, Knox College
Theta Tau, Capital University
Theta Phi, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Theta Chi, Methodist University
Iota Delta, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Iota Zeta, Cleveland State University
Iota Theta, Columbia College
Iota Kappa, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Iota Lambda, Flagler College

July 29-30, 2021

Alpha Beta, Truman State University
Beta Beta, University of Northern Colorado
Epsilon Epsilon, Emporia State University
Zeta Zeta, University of Central Missouri
Eta Eta, Pittsburg State University
Tau Tau, Fort Hays State University
Phi Phi, Northwest Missouri State University
Beta Lambda, University of Central Arkansas
Beta Mu, Henderson State University
Beta Sigma, Missouri State University
Gamma Zeta, University of Arkansas- Monticello
Delta Upsilon, University of Texas at San Antonio
Epsilon Alpha, Southern Arkansas University
Zeta Alpha, Missouri Southern State University
Zeta Eta, Rockhurst University
Zeta Kappa, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Zeta Mu, Missouri Western State University
Zeta Pi, Colorado State University- Pueblo
Zeta Sigma, University of the Incarnate Word
Theta Delta, University of Alaska- Anchorage
Theta Epsilon, Schreiner University
Theta Eta, Rogers State University
Theta Kappa,  A&M University- Kingsville
Theta Xi, University of Texas at El Paso
Theta Omicron, University of Missouri- Kansas City
Theta Rho, West Texas A&M University
Theta Upsilon, Boise State University
Theta Psi, Colorado Mesa University
Iota Beta, Texas A&M University- Texarkana
Iota Epsilon, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Iota Eta, University of Arizona

Schedule for June 24-25 and July 15-16

Schedule at a glance

This schedule will follow Eastern Time

THURSDAY

5:30-6 p.m. ET Welcome- Finding Your Voice

In this high-energy welcome session, we will set the tone for the Virtual Leadership Summit

6-7 p.m. ET Small Group 1 – Finding Our Voice 

During this first small group session, the purpose of small groups will be defined and participants will set group expectations for their time together. Participants will get to know one another through individual introductions and team building activities.

7-8 p.m. ET Large Group 1 – Your Voice Matters 

You have a voice. All of us do. Your voice matters, and when used with confidence, it has the potential to help so many. In this session, we will tap into the bravery that exists in each of us. Finding your voice and using it with confidence is what Alpha Sigma Alpha is about! Our sorority experience helps build our confidence through our relationships with our sisters, which is exactly what we will talk about together.

8-9 p.m. ET Sisterhood Activity (optional)

 

FRIDAY

9:30-10:30 a.m. ET Large Group 2 – Knowing Your Voice

In the last year, we have seen a new wave of racial revolution take place in the United States. Organizations like Alpha Sigma Alpha and their members have had to reckon with our collective participation in systems that demean, oppress, and limit people based on gender identity, sexual identity, religion, and mostly, race. Alpha Sigma Alpha is committed to ensuring that these conversations were not simply for the summer of 2020.

And so here, in the summer of 2021, we will continue the conversations about identity, race, privilege and empathy with the leaders of our collegiate membership. We will explore our identities, and perhaps more importantly, the privilege that does or does not connect to those identities in our culture. This meaningful discussion-based session will clarify the muddy concept of privilege, while encouraging all participants to examine their own privilege without shame or judgment.

10:30-11:30 a.m. ET Small Group 2 – Knowing Your Volume

During this small group session, participants will debrief and expand on the content covered in the large group session, Knowing Your Voice. Through a combination of personal and group reflection activities, participants will identify the relationship between privilege and power and how they can use their areas of privilege to do good and help amplify the voices of others.

11:30-12:30 p.m. ET Lunch/Program Free Break
12:30-1:30 p.m. ET Large Group 3 – Using Your Voice

In all forms of relationships in our lives, we will experience conflict. While its existence is a constant, everyone’s ability and comfort in dealing with conflict is not. It is time for us to explore our own conflict resolution habits and skills.

We all have a voice–one that carries far and wide, one that carries weight. If we are able to use our voices to advocate for others, and advocate for ourselves, we have the potential to make our families, our chapters, our campuses, our world a genuinely better place.

1:30-2:30 p.m. ET Small Group 3 – Asserting Your Voice

During this small group session, participants will deepen their understanding of what it means to advocate for themselves and practice tangible ways in which they can confidently set boundaries and communicate expectations in their day-to-day lives.

2:30-3:15 p.m. ET Large Group 4 – Strengthening Your Voice

We apologize. A LOT. For setting boundaries. For guarding boundaries. For being late. For being early. For sitting, standing, laughing, sneezing, breathing–as women, we apologize for our existence, every day. While we can all laugh together about the silly things we tend to apologize for (and we will), we also need to dive a bit deeper into the ‘why’ behind our apologies.

Choosing to use our voices, the same ones we often feel so inclined to apologize for, is brave. We already have all the guts, tenacity and courage we need to exist, unapologetically. Alpha Sigma Alpha and each of our sisters can help us tap into our natural gifts, helping grant us the permission we need to use our voices to do good.

3:15-3:45 p.m. ET Sisterhood Activity (optional)
3:45-4:30 p.m. ET Small Group 4 – Connecting Our Voices

During the final small group session, participants will reflect on the powerful conversations they have had during the program. Participants will then begin to relate these conversations and topics covered back to the one thing that connects us all- the Ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

4:30-5:30 p.m. ET Large Group 5 – Owning Our Voices

Alpha Sigma Alpha is a powerful connection between members. Even more, she is the connection between each of us, and each of these meaningful discussions we have had over the past two days. Our ritual, the legacy our founders have left for us, is fulfilled each time we come together in purpose like we have this week. Honoring the secrecy of the Ritual, we will come together in this large group space to offer our collegiate members an opportunity to teach Tina, a non-member friend of Alpha Sigma Alpha, about this legacy.

Schedule for July 29-30

Schedule at a glance

This schedule will follow Central Time

THURSDAY

5:30-6 p.m. CT Welcome – Finding Your Voice

In this high-energy welcome session, we will set the tone for the Virtual Leadership Summit

6-7 p.m. CT Small Group 1 – Finding Our Voice 

During this first small group session, the purpose of small groups will be defined and participants will set group expectations for their time together. Participants will get to know one another through individual introductions and team building activities.

7-8 p.m. CT Large Group 1 – Your Voice Matters 

You have a voice. All of us do. Your voice matters, and when used with confidence, it has the potential to help so many. In this session, we will tap into the bravery that exists in each of us. Finding your voice and using it with confidence is what Alpha Sigma Alpha is about! Our sorority experience helps build our confidence through our relationships with our sisters, which is exactly what we will talk about together.

8-9 p.m. CT Sisterhood Activity (optional)

 

FRIDAY

9:30-10:30 a.m. CT Large Group 2 – Knowing Your Voice

In the last year, we have seen a new wave of racial revolution take place in the United States. Organizations like Alpha Sigma Alpha and their members have had to reckon with our collective participation in systems that demean, oppress, and limit people based on gender identity, sexual identity, religion, and mostly, race. Alpha Sigma Alpha is committed to ensuring that these conversations were not simply for the summer of 2020.

And so here, in the summer of 2021, we will continue the conversations about identity, race, privilege and empathy with the leaders of our collegiate membership. We will explore our identities, and perhaps more importantly, the privilege that does or does not connect to those identities in our culture. This meaningful discussion-based session will clarify the muddy concept of privilege, while encouraging all participants to examine their own privilege without shame or judgment.

10:30-11:30 a.m. CT Small Group 2 – Knowing Your Volume

During this small group session, participants will debrief and expand on the content covered in the large group session, Knowing Your Voice. Through a combination of personal and group reflection activities, participants will identify the relationship between privilege and power and how they can use their areas of privilege to do good and help amplify the voices of others.

11:30-12:30 p.m. CT Lunch/Program Free Break
12:30-1:30 p.m. CT Large Group 3 – Using Your Voice

In all forms of relationships in our lives, we will experience conflict. While its existence is a constant, everyone’s ability and comfort in dealing with conflict is not. It is time for us to explore our own conflict resolution habits and skills.

We all have a voice–one that carries far and wide, one that carries weight. If we are able to use our voices to advocate for others, and advocate for ourselves, we have the potential to make our families, our chapters, our campuses, our world a genuinely better place.

1:30-2:30 p.m. CT Small Group 3 – Asserting Your Voice

During this small group session, participants will deepen their understanding of what it means to advocate for themselves and practice tangible ways in which they can confidently set boundaries and communicate expectations in their day-to-day lives.

2:30-3:15 p.m. CT Large Group 4 – Strengthening Your Voice

We apologize. A LOT. For setting boundaries. For guarding boundaries. For being late. For being early. For sitting, standing, laughing, sneezing, breathing–as women, we apologize for our existence, every day. While we can all laugh together about the silly things we tend to apologize for (and we will), we also need to dive a bit deeper into the ‘why’ behind our apologies.

Choosing to use our voices, the same ones we often feel so inclined to apologize for, is brave. We already have all the guts, tenacity and courage we need to exist, unapologetically. Alpha Sigma Alpha and each of our sisters can help us tap into our natural gifts, helping grant us the permission we need to use our voices to do good.

3:15-3:45 p.m. CT Sisterhood Activity (optional)
3:45-4:30 p.m. CT Small Group 4 – Connecting Our Voices

During the final small group session, participants will reflect on the powerful conversations they have had during the program. Participants will then begin to relate these conversations and topics covered back to the one thing that connects us all- the Ritual of Alpha Sigma Alpha.

4:30-5:30 p.m. CT Large Group 5 – Owning Our Voices

Alpha Sigma Alpha is a powerful connection between members. Even more, she is the connection between each of us, and each of these meaningful discussions we have had over the past two days. Our ritual, the legacy our founders have left for us, is fulfilled each time we come together in purpose like we have this week. Honoring the secrecy of the Ritual, we will come together in this large group space to offer our collegiate members an opportunity to teach Tina, a non-member friend of Alpha Sigma Alpha, about this legacy.

Volunteer

Who is eligible to be a small group facilitator?
Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae, volunteers and friends of AΣA, including higher education professionals and other fraternity/sorority headquarters staff and consultants, are encouraged to apply to be small group facilitators. Individuals with strong facilitation skills and passion for contributing to the development of emerging leaders, specifically sorority women are ideal candidates for this facilitation opportunity.

Small group work will consist of discussion and activities that are supplemental to topics introduced in the large group format.

Workshop facilitators benefit by:

  • Having the opportunity to interact with and educate collegiate members
  • Gaining facilitation experience
  • Networking with collegiate members and other event facilitators

As a facilitator, you will be expected to:

  • Attend the facilitation skills training led by national headquarters staff
  • Attend Virtual Leadership Summit curriculum training led by Tina VanSteenbergen
  • Review and understand all pre-event communications and curriculum. A facilitation guide will be provided for review prior to the event
  • Remain on-line for the entire program and participate fully in all discussions and activities
  • Model the Alpha Sigma Alpha core values throughout the program
  • Provide focus and direction to participants through the discussions and activities outlined in program curriculum and facilitation guide
  • Be fully present and available to collegiate members at VLS
  • Meet and exceed all other expectations established by the event facilitation team

 

The application for this volunteer opportunity is now closed.