November 21, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: Making Risk Management Fun

Risk Management. Cue the cringes and groans of every collegiate Chapter President and VP Program Development. Before every social event you stand in front of the chapter and deliver the same speech about responsibility and rules. You feel like you’re beating a dead horse, and the blank stares in the crowd make you wonder if anyone is actually listening to what is being said. Sound familiar?

Today, as I finish my term as chapter president, I realize just how much time chapters spend on risk management. No chapter member will tell you that risk management is her favorite part of the Fraternity, yet the well-being of those very same members is an incredibly important part of being an Alpha Phi. As chapter leaders, we strive to engage our members in chapter programming. Risk management proves to be one of the most challenging areas, but there are ways to make your programming more fun and effective!

1) At the chapter meeting before a social event, have your VP Program Development give a jeopardy-style quiz about your chapters Risk Management policies, what time they need to be at event check-in, etc. Hand out candy to anyone who answers a question correctly. Getting members involved makes things more fun and gets people engaged in learning the information.

2) Does your chapter have a check-in hour before you leave for your event? See if you can reserve a large conference room or other room on campus. This streamlines the process for Executive Council members and alleviates the pressures of people wandering off or making a mess of the chapter house.

3) At your check in hour, provide snacks, water and fun activities. At our formal this fall we created a backdrop and had one of our members take silly prom pictures. We also had karaoke, which helped make check-in fun and prevented people from getting bored.

4) As serious and important as risk management is, remember to be positive and remind your chapter that everyone is working together! Everyone should be holding each other accountable, which alleviates the pressure for executive councils to act like chapter police.

Kelsey Moore is a collegiate member at DePauw University (Gamma chapter).

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