Council Surge


▪Community Building
▪Fraternity & Sorority Life
▪Officer Training
▪Public Relations & Marketing

In just one day, you can help your community turn a corner by diagnosing the chronic issues within your organizations and building a plan for change.

If you feel like your organizations could use a jolt of new energy to tackle issues, then our Council Surge Interactive Workshop might be the solution. Council Surge is an engaging, solution-focused program that allows you to use your organization’s core foundation – its values – and better understand if your actions align. This program is ideal for executive boards of individual organizations in/or across councils or organization communities  to come together and work as a cohesive group to bring about positive change when it comes to the operations, communication and functions of not only their individual group but the council or greater community as a whole. This retreat-style workshop is like hiring a consultant to come in and work with you to directly target your biggest challenges and understand the opportunities to turn those challenges into positive action. Our facilitator works with you to design an interactive experience that gets everyone involved in generating new ideas, recognizing barriers, and choosing a way forward.

As a community of officers and executive boards, you will walk through two parts of the workshop. In the first part of the workshop, we will take a critical look at your organization. You will discuss your organization’s values, the different ways your organization is succeeding or needs work and then understand the habits of your group that either prevent you or help you in moving forward. In the second part, you’ll complete an organizational assessment to then use to create an action plan for you and your executive board to complete. This workshop is great to build cohesion across member organizations like fraternity and sorority councils, student organization governing bodies or the greater student organization community.  Each part helps you see the common issues your peers in other organizations are also facing, in hopes to build a community that helps each other fight through the challenges together.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this program, students will learn:

  • how to better understand the values of their organization and how to put them into action,
  • the positive and negative habits of their organization and determine if they reflect their values,
  • how to better understand the successes and struggles of their peer organizations in hopes of inspiring a community of collaboration and cohesion, and
  • how to create a plan of action to advance their organization and take it to the next level.

What CAS learning and development outcomes does this workshop focus on?

  • Practical competence
  • Cognitive complexity

Workshop Details

  • 5-hour interactive workshop
  • Includes a participant workbook and a post-assessment
  • Often part of a weekend retreat where executive boards from across campus come together

Who is this ideal for?

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Councils and Organizations
  • Student Organization Executive Boards
  • Student Governments
  • Residence Hall Associations
  • Programming Boards