The Interfraternity Development Council (IFDC), established in 2012, is a program of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the larger Michigan Greek Leadership Initiative (MGLI). Its goal is to build and nurture leadership as well as professional and interpersonal skills in fraternity members, who have been identified as future leaders within their respective chapters, the IFC, and the University of Michigan Community.
Though IFDC started only a few years ago, it has shown continued growth and success. An expanded IFDC executive board, many of whom were former IFDC participants, exemplifies the importance and value that current and former members have for this unique Greek-exclusive leadership opportunity.
Weekly participation involves nearly 60 new members representing all recognized IFC chapters. At the heart of the IFDC is its structured year-long calendar curriculum (Feb. thru Dec.) focused on providing introductory leadership education and motivating members to be involved in the Greek Community by pursuing opportunities to build their leadership experience. The curriculum features self-discovery activities, structured discussions, guest speakers, and Greek Life volunteerism.
One of the first self-discovery activities was a leadership personality assessment survey. This allowed members to better understand how their personality influences their leadership style and engage in thoughtful discussions regarding the different types of leadership personalities.
Members of IFDC also participate heavily in Greek Life and the campus, particularly through the Michigan Ambassadors Program (MAP) and the Greek Gentlemen’s Initiative (GGI). These programs give our members the opportunity to build their leadership potential and character by being involved in activities that promote campus safety.