The late Grand President Phil Cox, Indiana, '84, often stated, "Behind every great chapter are great volunteers." Named in his honor, the Phillip A. Cox Volunteer Institute brings SigEp's newest volunteers together for a weekend-long training at each of the five Carlson Leadership Academies across the country.
The institute features dynamic and in-depth training for volunteers who serve as mentors to our undergraduate executive board officers, including chapter counselors and balanced man stewards. To qualify to be accepted to the program, a new volunteer must have served for no more than 2 years in his or her role.
The Cox Institute is held in February each year in conjunction with the Carlson Leadership Academy.
The Cox Institute onboards volunteers in four areas and includes pre-site, on-site and post-site education. Attendees will hear from Fraternity staff, district governors, and experienced volunteers and participate in skill development exercises with their peers that will help them be successful in their role.
They can expect to have training in the following areas:
- SigEp Today
- Supporting Undergraduates Today
- Skill Development
- Position-specific Content and Practice
Additionally, attendees will learn about facilitation, the Socratic method and mentoring. They'll spend time practicing these skills with other new volunteers, so they’ll be prepared to apply what they learn in the institute with their chapter and AVC.
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Educational Foundation, this institute will ensure Phil’s work continues in perpetuity in various cities across the country each year.