The mission of the Delta Upsilon Educational Foundation and International Fraternity are one and the same: Building Better Men. Through tax-deductible donations to the DUEF, the Foundation is able to fund important Fraternity programs and initiatives. Below are just a few of the impactful educational programs the DUEF supports through grants and registration scholarships.Regional Leadership Academy
Regional Leadership Academy
Each February, Delta Upsilon facilitates the Regional Leadership Academy (RLA) throughout the United States. RLA serves as a unique opportunity for chapter officers in a specific geographic region to attend sessions that span a wide range of topics affecting fraternity life today. It is intentionally designed as an officer training platform to provide tangible skills needed for success as defined by the Delta Upsilon Officer Core Competencies. Participants include both current and future chapter officers who engage in an interactive training and education process that helps them explore their role as a part of a highly effective leadership team for their chapter.
Presidents Academy accelerates the growth and learning of 80 chapter presidents each year. Presidents from each chapter participate in an institute-style program with a curriculum that emphasizes the Mission and Principles of Delta Upsilon as a foundation for effective chapter leadership. As a team, chapter presidents are exposed to new ideas and possibilities and are encouraged to apply what they learn to their leadership role and responsibility. They learn from each other, stretch their boundaries, discover strengths and envision a more successful version of their chapter.
DU Emerging Leaders Experience
The Delta Upsilon Emerging Leaders Experience (DUEL) is a highly interactive program that encourages newly initiated members to go deeper and broader in their definition of who they are and where they can have an impact. Participants develop a better understanding of their personal leadership by analyzing their talents through the StrengthsQuest Inventory. In addition, this experience provides an opportunity to visit Williams College and connect with the history and founding of Delta Upsilon. A visit to the Fraternity’s founding location provides an opportunity for the most intensive Ritual education offered in DU educational programs. Through developing confidence in their talents and clarifying their personal values, participants take ownership in creating their ideal Delta Upsilon experience.
The Leadership Institute is DU’s annual leadership conference/ fraternity convention. More than 400 undergraduate students participate in defined tracks focusing on leadership development and chapter operations. During the Institute, students meet in the undergraduate convention/ business meeting to discuss the matters of legislation that affect the Fraternity, and the Fraternity recognizes its top chapters and individuals in award ceremonies.
Global Service Initiative
The Delta Upsilon Global Service Initiative offers members a unique opportunity to work with global and local communities while uniting Delta Upsilon competencies and Principles with substantive volunteer service. Students travel to, study in and work with communities where social and economic conditions are substandard. During the global experience, students engage in service-learning to make a meaningful impact in our global society to address the issues plaguing urban societies; these members will roll up their sleeves to create or rebuild areas of need.
The Advisors Academy is a training program for primary chapter advisors, providing education on advising, facilitation techniques, and strategies for working effectively with university students. The academy is held in conjunction with the Regional Leadership Academy, which offers the advisors the chance to join chapter officers in certain areas of programming and build relationships.
The Recruitment Symposium is a training program for chapter and colony vice presidents of membership recruitment. This multi-day training teaches the officers the necessary skills to lead the chapter in a successful values-based membership recruitment and selection.
Building Better Men Retreats
Building Better Men Retreats are intensive weekend-long retreats customized to meet the needs of a chapter. Senior fraternity staff facilitate the retreats, which focus on creating chapter buy-in to a shared plan of action.