178th Psi Upsilon Convention and 2022 Leadership Institute

2022 Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute takes up the majority of our programming on Saturday, and covers a variety of topics that are of interest to both undergraduate and alumni members of our fraternity. Sessions in 2022 include:

“Belonging: Recruiting Beyond Diversity”

Devon Trotter, Phi Beta ’06 (William & Mary)

What is community? How did you get here? Who is missing from the table? The responses to these questions are more complex than they let on. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) may be the phrase “du jour”, yet many organizations fail to get it right. Why? During this Leadership Institute session, Devon will cover basic concepts, dive into power and privilege, and help attendees develop an understanding of the barriers to belonging.

Devon Trotter (he/him, she/hers) Phi Beta, ’06 is an equity and inclusion practitioner, centering the stories and needs of the most underrepresented, under-resourced, under-valued, and underestimated communities. A certified life coach, Devon is the Senior Advisor to the President of international climate justice nonprofit, Institute for Sustainable Communities. When not helping determine strategies for equitable climate solutions, Devon volunteers as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of local DC sex worker advocacy and harm reduction nonprofit, HIPS. Additionally, Devon is a fundraiser for local DC queer youth nonprofit SMYAL, where Devon served as co-chair of SMYAL’s Fall Gala, helping raise over $1.5m in donations since 2016. Devon also serves as a peer mentor at Whitman-Walker Health, a local DC nonprofit community health center, specializing in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ healthcare. Devon is an inaugural member of the Kennedy Center’s Culture Caucus and has been a DJ and event planner since 2011. Devon holds a Professional Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and an International Coaching Federation certification through training from Coactive Training Institute.

“Who not How: Partnering with our Campus Resources”

Travis Smith – Director of Growth

Travis serves as the Director of Growth for Psi Upsilon, joining the staff after 15+ years as a campus-based fraternity and sorority advisor. An alumnus of the University of Miami and Eastern Illinois University, he has an extensive background in fraternity/sorority life and specializes in chapter growth through recruitment and creating a meaningful membership experience that results in better satisfaction and retention of members. He served his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, as a leadership consultant for two years before attending EIU where he received his Master of Science in Education Degree with a concentration in College Student Affairs. He currently serves as a volunteer for the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV), where he holds the role of Coordinator for Educational Programs for the central conference, which is the largest annual gathering of Fraternity and Sorority leaders in the country.

Discover how to make a mindset shift that opens the door to explosive growth and limitless possibility as a chapter leader. In this presentation, Travis will expand on the work of Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy’s book “Who Not How” to discuss how to utilize local and FREE resources to work smarter, not harder in providing the best membership experience to all members. Using the power of “Who Not How” to support the chapter will allow you as a chapter leader to focus on the most critical and important elements of the chapter experience while relying on experts in other areas to provide higher-level services to the chapter and its members.

“The Lion in the Sky told me to do it!: Ethical Leadership”

Stephen Oeschle – Director of Chapter Services

As human beings we all enter every adventure with some moral or ethical compass helping to guide decision making. Have you thought about how your personal compass was assembled? Did someone give you the parts and the instructions to assemble it? Did you have to go out and find them on your own? Let’s talk about how we make meaning out of the world and our place in it! We’ll examine how people are given or find those compass parts and what role that plays in who they are and how they interact with the world. Come prepared to hear others’ paths and try to prepare to be bold and share your own.

Stephan Oechsle serves Psi Upsilon as the Director of Chapter Services and has worked in Higher Education and Public Service for the last 15 years. He’ll share some of the knowledge on how humans and especially college students make and find meaning in the world that he gleaned from his thesis research. Audience members are actively encouraged to engage, share, and challenge the presenter and one another (respectfully of course) as we dive into an understanding of what makes us tick.

History and Archives Committee

The History and Archives Committee was created in 2020 to better research and highlight Psi Upsilon’s stories. This year members of the Committee will be reviewing our ties to the Nation’s capitol including Chester A. Arthur, Theta 1848 (Union), William Howard Taft, Beta 1878 (Yale), and Nelson Rockefeller, Zeta ’30 (Dartmouth)

Engagement and Technology

Fraternity and Foundation Leadership will review ways to engage with Psi Upsilon on the national level including programs like the speaker series and history and archives committee, publications and useful technology for chapters like MemberPlanet, Crowd Change, and more!

Risk Management Review

It’s important that every chapter knows and understands our Risk Management Policy. We’ll review the policy and talk about some best practices that chapters apply to comply with it. We will utilize examples directly from our experiences with chapters, as well as discuss trends we’re seeing in Higher Education.

Roundtable Discussion Groups

As a part of the registration process we asked attendees to identify topics they would like to discuss. We’ll have short facilitated small group discussions based on the feedback you provide.

2022 Awards Banquet Keynote

Kevin A. Klock, Chi Delta ’01 (Duke University)

Kevin A. Klock joined the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in October 2015. As Senior Vice President of Operations and Legal Affairs (General Counsel), he provides overall leadership of the Foundation’s corporate infrastructure and legal strategy and serves as a critical thought partner to the President and entire organization. He also co-chaired Legal Tools for Pandemic Preparedness: WHO Collaborating Center Support for New Coordinating Mechanisms, high-level meetings that informed the World Health Organization and global community ahead of an historic special session of the World Health Assembly on options for a treaty or other instrument on pandemic prevention and response.

Brother Klock was formerly Head of Governance and Assistant Secretary for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Company Secretary for the Gavi Campaign. There he advised the Board on the design and management of Gavi’s innovative governance model and led the governance program for its finance and debt-issuance activities, including standing-up the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Prior to this he was with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), which provides research and education to corporate boards.

He holds an appointment at Georgetown University as Adjunct Professor of Law and Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where he teaches and writes at the intersection of global health, political and corporate governance, and public-private partnerships. His scholarship has been published in The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Oxford University Press, Think Global Health of the Council on Foreign Relations, among others.

Brother Klock received his J.D. from Georgetown and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Duke University, received his M.A. from American University, and was Lord Rothermere Scholar at Oxford University.

He served as Archon of the Chi Delta Chapter as an undergraduate, is a past scholarship recipient and also is a former member of the Executive Council of Psi Upsilon.

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