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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, councils, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership. The 2021 SFL Awards are awarded based on the achievements during the 2020 calendar year.

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our community to adapt and reinvent their operations in many ways. All programs, initiatives, and accomplishments regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application.

Application will be accepted from November 16, 2020 - February 23, 2021.

2021 Award Categories

Council Awards

These awards recognize the council that has demonstrated commitment to all the following sorority and fraternity life values:

Commitment to Cultural Consciousness

  • Council actively promotes, sponsors and/or participates in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice
  • Council encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and religious belief
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

Outstanding Community Building

  • Council successfully creates a stronger sense of connection and cooperation among the members of its chapters
  • Council demonstrates that membership involves collaboration and community building beyond the chapter level
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Outstanding Educational Programming

    • Council identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their members including but not limited to: leadership development, wellness, career readiness, and mental health
    • Council strives to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc.
      • This may include a single program such as a speaker, or may include a week, month, or semester long series of events
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Risk Management and Safety

    • Council establishes an effective program or implemented initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promotes member safety within their council
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
    • This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund

    Chapter Awards

    Chapter Award applications are evaluated based on membership size in order to recognize more organizations doing excellent work in our community. Each award can be awarded up to three chapters. These awards recognize individual chapters demonstrating excellence in the following ways:

    Chapter of the Year

    • Chapter exemplifies the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and has made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall
    • Chapters who are awarded Chapter of the Year have demonstrated excellence in at least four chapter-award categories
    • This award does not have an additional application, chapters submitting four or more award applications will automatically be considered.
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Commitment to Cultural Consciousness

    • Chapter who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participants in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice Diversity at The University of Texas at Austin encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, and religious belief
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Excellence in Sustainability

    • Chapter successfully engages their members in sustainable acts and sustainability education
    • Chapter that has demonstrated excellence in their community engagement with sustainability, commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, and a consistent drive to continuing sustainable habits by their organization and their members (for example: providing ecofriendly food containers, participating in waste diversion)
    • Chapters with and without chapter facilities are encouraged to apply for this award.
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application.

    Outstanding Educational Programming

    • Chapter identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their members. Topical areas may include but are not limited to:
      • Leadership development
      • Wellness
      • Career readiness
      • Mental health
    • Chapter strives to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc. This may include a single program such as a speaker, or may include a week, month, or semester long series of events
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Outstanding Innovation in Virtual Programming

    • Chapter develops or adapts an existing programmatic initiative to a virtual, hybrid, or asynchronous format.
    • Chapter utilizes creative platforms, activities, or other elements to engage members and guests.
    • Chapter identifies and provides relevant content and experiences based on member needs.
    • Program utilizing a virtual, hybrid or asynchronous format will be considered and should be included in the application.

    Outstanding New Member Program

    • Chapter provides outstanding education to their new members and prepares them for membership and future success
    • The award recognizes programs that educate their new members on:
      • The values of the organization
      • Creates relationships within the chapter and the community
      • Teaches safe and responsible practices
      • Encourages leadership
      • Ensures an understanding of chapter operations.
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Excellence in Retention, Recruitment and Intake

    • Chapter articulates a plan for recruiting new members in a values-congruent manner with an intentional and reasonable expectation for growth
    • Chapter has developed an individual definition of success in the areas of retention and recruitment or intake and has implemented a plan to work towards that goal
    • Chapter has experienced increased success in retention, and recruitment or intake from previous cycles
    • Chapter has All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Outstanding Community Relationships Award

    • Chapter establishes meaningful relationships with community members and service groups, outside of philanthropy organization
    • Chapter successfully and effectively communicates their goals and achievements, while engaging with various stakeholders including: alumni/ae, faculty and staff, parents and family members, and community partners.
    • Chapter is engaged in the larger fraternity and sorority community through event co-sponsorship, communication, partnership, etc.
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Outstanding Service or Philanthropy

    • Chapter successfully engages their members to participate in hands-on service or in philanthropic efforts to support their chosen non-profit organization
    • This award is given to the chapter that has demonstrated excellence in providing service opportunities or establishing a commitment to philanthropic causes
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Outstanding Siblinghood

    • Chapter successfully creates a strong sense of siblinghood which includes a sense of connection, care, and belonging among members
    • Chapter fosters siblinghood through organized events, mentorship, "big"/" little" programs, and informal bonding among members
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Risk Management and Safety

    • Chapter has established an effective program or implemented initiatives that educate members on risk management and safety topics including:
      • How to mitigate risks
      • Developing a culture of responsible decision making and accountability
      • Promoting member safety within their chapter- including COVID-19 mitigation and public health efforts
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
    • This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund

    Scholastic Excellence

    • Chapter exhibits high academic achievement and promotes the value of scholarship for their members both inside and outside of the classroom
    • Chapters encourages members to seek connections with professors, utilize academic support resources, and develop academic mentorship among members
    • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

    Individual Awards

    Each award can be given to both a fraternity and sorority member. Applications can be filled out by the individual themselves or by another person on their behalf. These awards recognize individuals in the sorority and fraternity community that exemplify a special commitment to the following values:

    Member of the Year

    • Individual exemplifies the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall
    • Member of the Year requires demonstrated excellence in at least three individual award categories
    • This award does not have an additional application, individuals submitting three or more award applications will automatically be considered.
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Living Your Values

    • Individual exhibits and upholds their organizational values, purpose, ritual, and mission through their everyday actions and challenges others to do the same
    • Individual, although may not hold a positional leadership position, leads by example and is a member the chapter respects and admires
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Outstanding Chapter President

    • Chapter president served their chapter during 2020 calendar year and demonstrated strong chapter leadership, the ability to motivate others, strong character, and high ideals
    • Individual served as a role model to others and has made their chapter stronger during their time in office
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Outstanding Leadership

    • This leader demonstrates strong character, the ability to motivate, problem solve, and communicate, and create supportive environments for others
    • These individuals recognize the importance of serving the institution through activities, organizations, and opportunities and represent the fraternity and sorority community positively through these involvements
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Emerging Leader Award

    • Awarded to an individual who joined the organization between January 2020-December 2020
    • Individual has shown great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, sorority and fraternity community, and the university
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Outstanding Service and Philanthropy

    • Individual is committed to engaging in hands on service and philanthropy to create tangible support and awareness towards a specific cause
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Scholastic Excellence

    • Individuals who achieve excellence in academic and scholastic pursuits
    • Individual not only excels academically, but also enriches their learning through internships, research, or independent projects
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Outstanding Advisor or Volunteer

    • Recognizes an individual who serves the organization in an advisory or volunteer capacity
    • Advisor or volunteer serves as a role model for the organization
    • Advisor or volunteer displays hard work and dedication towards helping improve the chapter and its members as well as the greater Sorority and Fraternity Life community
    • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

    Hyperion Awards

    In Greek mythology, Hyperion was known as the "Titan of Light," similarly these sorority and fraternity members are lights in their community. The Hyperion Award recognizes individuals committed to serving and improving the sorority and fraternity community. Their accomplishments are wide ranging and each recipient has made a unique and important contribution to their chapter, council, and university community. Past recipients include chapter presidents, council officers, and individuals involved in university-wide service.