Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reflections from UIFI: Gladys Castellon

We're excited to feature a guest author on the blog today.  Mu Sigma Upsilon's President Gladys Castellon recently attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). Here's what she had to say regarding the experience: 

This summer I had the privilege of attending the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It was great being surrounded by people who loved the Greek experience as much as I do. The days were packed with fun and informative activities and discussions, all happening while building lifelong friendships with those around me. We talked about things like our organizational values: how they relate to our own individual ones, how we exemplify those within different leadership positions, as well as our day to day lives.

One of the things that really stuck out to me was the phrase “That which we permit, we promote”. As a Greek community at Lehigh, I believe that we have been making great strides to better not only Greek life here, but the Lehigh experience as a whole. In order to continue doing this, we must hold all of our fellow Greeks and students accountable for the values that we promised to uphold by joining our chapters or even by just accepting to come to Lehigh. By not doing so, we are essentially promoting a community that is not living up to its full potential.

Coming out of UIFI, I am motivated to help foster the relationships between chapters, councils and other organizations on Lehigh’s campus. As leaders, we are nothing without those who share in our vision and who work with us to achieve them. I hope to aid in the growing collaboration between groups, as well as just the relationships and friendships that can come out of them.

Lastly, if you are able to attend UIFI at some point, definitely do it!

Gladys Castellon
Lehigh University '17
President of the Yemaya Chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated
President of the Multicultural Greek Council at Lehigh University

Many thanks Gladys for sharing your thoughts!! We love your passion and enthusiasm for leadership and can't wait to see the many great things that come as a result of this experience.  If you or anyone you know would like to author a guest blog post, feel free to reach out to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.