IMPACT institute

UW-Madison is excited to be hosting IMPACT in Spring 2023, February 24 – 26th!

IMPACT® is a campus-based leadership institute designed by the North American Interfraternity Conference to foster improved relationships among fraternity and sorority leaders through an intensive, interactive two- and one-half day program.

The IMPACT® curriculum emphasizes problem solving, leadership development, values-based decision making, effective communication, and community development. Facilitators work in pairs to guide small groups of participants through the curriculum, engaging them in discussions and activities that foster critical thinking and a desire to make change occur.

We are currently inviting 80 FSL emerging leaders to attend and for 12-16 engaging and dynamic para/professionals to serve as small group facilitators.

All chapters at UW-Madison are expected to send at least one member of their chapter to IMPACT.

Student Participant Form

  • Due by January 24, 2023

Small Group Facilitator Application

  • Due by December 5, Facilitator will be notified by end of the semester.

Travel from UW-Madison will be provided and covered for participants and facilitators. We will meet on campus and travel to the site together.

Facilitators: Arrive to site by at 9am on February 24th – Depart February 26th after 12pm

  • Note that facilitators will travel earlier to the site than the student participants.

Student Participants: Travel to site at 3:00pm on February 24th – Depart site February 26th at 12pm

Perlstein Retreat Center – S1301 Clara Ave Lake Delton, WI 53940

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  • When is the session and how long is their total commitment?
    • The session runs from Friday, February 24th from 3:00pm to Sunday, February 26th until 1pm. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.
  • What is the benefit of participating in?
    • Participants will live and learn alongside other members of their community. They will learn about their own and other leadership styles, discuss the values and value of fraternity/sorority membership, and develop concrete plans for their chapter, council, and community. It’s not all work… plenty of fun will be had, as well!
  • Will there be free time during the weekend to complete homework?
    • All attendees should anticipate little down time and a full schedule for the entire experience. 
    • The program does include free time but we encourage you to complete all necessary assignments prior to the institute.  
  • Will there be access to the WIFI at the site location?
    • Perlstein Retreat Center does list as feature WIFI of the site. We are currently unsure about its usage or strength of it.
  • Can I leave the location during free time? 
    • To maximize the interaction, participants will be expected to remain at the IMPACT site during recreation/free time and after evening programming concludes.
  • What will the sleeping arrangements look like?
    • All sleeping arrangements will be assigned prior to the weekend. The FSL office will take into consideration individual sleeping preferences. Please note there will be no private rooms but shared rooms with individual beds along with communal bathrooms.
  • Does it cost money to attend? 
    • The program, all travel, lodging, and meals will be provided at NO COST to you or your chapter.

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We are looking for 12-16 engaging and dynamic para/professionals to serve as small group facilitators to lead our students through an IMPACTful experience.

Applications to apply – here

  • All applications will be reviewed the week of December 5th & facilitators will be notified by December 16th.

Travel & Compensation:

  • All facilitators must be at the location site promptly at 9am on Friday, February 24th for training.
  • Lodging and meals will be provided for the duration of the program and our goal is all facilitators will be compensated for their travel to Madison, WI or the location site.

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Student Participants

The IMPACT institute is a fraternity and sorority specialized program that provides hands-on experiential activities that focus on leadership development, effective communication, and community development. The program provides both large gatherings which are then complemented by small group “chapter” meetings held throughout the weekend. IMPACT is intended by emerging leaders, ideally members who have joined organization in the last year or so. 

IMPACT Participant form – here

Travel & Cost:

  • Plan to leave UW-Madison campus around 3pm on Friday, February 24th and return to campus around 1pm on Sunday, February 26th.
    • If you need a note for class excusal on Friday afternoon, please reach out to
  • All travel, lodging, and meals will be provide at NO COST to you or your chapter.