By planning to inspire social activism among members of campus fraternities, a student team at The University of Tampa was recently selected as the 2019 Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values CAMPUSPEAK PITCH competition winner.
The team’s proposal focused on ideas around social justice, diversity and inclusivity within Fraternity and Sorority Life and the campus community and will be implemented beginning Fall 2019. The team plans to engage campus fraternity and sorority chapters in a coordinated effort of social activism by standardizing chapter service and philanthropy initiatives. The team’s plan includes an educational promotion campaign complementing the speakers and interactive workshop training of student leaders and general community members.
The competition was held in Indianapolis in February, and 23 UT student leaders in the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community, along with two UT staff members, attended. UT students Elizabeth Ho Sing Loy, president of the College Panhellenic Association, and AJ Sita, vice president of recruitment of the Interfraternity Council, competed in and won the PITCH competition.
PITCH is a “Shark Tank” style competition, and the UT team won $15,000 of CAMPUSPEAK educational resources in the form of speakers, interactive workshops, customized programs, consulting services, assessment support and educational promotion campaign to address a specific issue in their campus community.
“We are excited that CAMPUSPEAK can support these student leaders within the fraternity and sorority community at the University of Tampa. Their work will help students not only understand and identify privilege; but more importantly understand and identify their opportunity to positively impact others through social activism,” said David Stollman, president and co-founder of CAMPUSPEAK.
About PITCH by CAMPUSPEAK
PITCH BY CAMPUSPEAK is an opportunity for innovators to propose solutions that will make a significant and long-term impact on issues facing college students. Pitches were heard at the AFLV-Central and West 2019 conferences and implementation will begin in Fall 2019. Winners of PITCH BY CAMPUSPEAK receive up to $15,000 in CAMPUSPEAK programs and services. Learn more at campuspeak.com/pitchbycs.
Since 1999, CAMPUSPEAK has provided transformative learning experiences through its keynote speakers, interactive workshops, consulting, online education, and custom programs. Partnering with campuses and higher education organizations across the country, CAMPUSPEAK offers programming to educate and inspire students for success in their college years and beyond.
About The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves approximately 9,300 students from 50 states and 132 countries. Approximately 62 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.
About UT Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) has been part of The University of Tampa community since 1952. Since that time, FSL has grown to 25 chapters encompassing 1,600+ students (21 percent of the undergraduate student body). FSL strives to educate and empower members through skill development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership, scholarship, social responsibility and integrity in an inclusive environment while fostering lifelong friendships.