Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity believes that leadership isn’t positional — it can come from anywhere in the organization. In that spirit, one of the emerging leaders of the Beta Omicron chapter at Northwestern State University is now prepared to utilize that potential to lead on campus. Char’Tarian Wilson is among the nearly 80 leaders selected from Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s 12,500 undergraduate members to participate in Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders, an intensive, six-day leadership development experience that empowers participants to create the ideal chapter.
Wilson attended the second session of the program June 10-16 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Two other sessions are held in May and July. The program is designed to challenge and inspire participants to become better leaders and better men.
Student participants were assigned to small groups consisting of Pi Kappa Phi members from around the country, led by two faculty. The facilitation team, made up of alumni and friends of the Fraternity, provided a wealth of knowledge to attendees, including decades of higher education and leadership development experience to challenge and support the men.
“I am so blessed that I was able to experience this life-changing week. I met so many brothers from across the nation that I now have a strong bond to and I know that I can talk to when times get tough.”
Beta Omicron chapter alumnus Lane Luckie served as a faculty member for this session, while alumnus Wes Breeden returned as lead faculty for the earlier May session.
The week included small group discussion, large group education sessions, a challenge course, unique subordinate rituals, and an insider look at Pi Kappa Phi’s history on the nearby College of Charleston campus. The Fraternity was founded there in 1904, making the physical setting an important element of the program. Participants also spent time bowling with clients of the ARC of South Carolina, experiencing how their values connect to the Ability Experience, the fraternity’s philanthropy, which serves people with disabilities.
“Making a new friend in Meredith and hearing her story really sparked a fire for doing more with the Ability Experience. There are so many stories that I can tell and so much that I have learned; I could write a book.”
As the week progressed, participants were challenged daily to learn and reflect on their own morals and strengths as well as the core values of the fraternity. Wilson said a week of inner-reflection and team-building helped better identify his greatest skills and opportunities as a leader.
“I also learned some things to help me better myself as a person, a leader, and a brother. Pi Kapp College gave me the ability to dissect what I believe our chapter and the Greek community at NSU needs to work on.”
The sophomore from Shreveport, Louisiana was elected chapter Historian in January at attended Pi Kapp College for Chapter Officers in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a committed student leader in high school, he continued that involvement in his first year at NSU, receiving the David D. Morgan ‘Extra Mile’ Scholarship and Pi Kappa Phi’s NSU Freshman Leadership Scholarship and being selected as a Freshman Connector and NSU Cheerleader.
Attending Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders is an honor in itself. Students are selected through a rigorous application process, involving interviews and essays. Graduates leave with an increased commitment to acting consistently with their core personal values and values of Pi Kappa Phi, enhanced abilities to develop and enrich relationships as well as a strengthened commitment to respecting the dignity of all people, and embraced belief in aspiring toward the “ideal chapter,” and developing the capability to move a plan into action.
Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders has proven to be one of the fraternity’s most impactful ― and most enduring ― leadership experiences. Since its redesign in 2010, nearly three-quarters of all Pi Kapp College graduates have gone on to hold leadership positions in their chapters or campus communities.
Wilson was able to attend the program through the generosity of the Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter, which continues to sponsor airfare for NSU participants.
To learn more about Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders or to apply, click this link:http://www.pikapp.org/content.aspx?id=773