Delta Force Leadership Academy
Applications are being accepted NOW for both the
traditional Strength Program and the new Empowerment Program!
January 12 – 15, 2018 at Camp Ohio!
As we continue to grow, our Brotherhood faces the challenge of providing mentoring and support to our chapter and colony leaders as they pressed on to bring DLP into their communities. When we look at the resources we have within DLP we know that some things such as time and money are finite. We can’t add more hours to the day and we have always endeavored to keep the Fraternity affordable. The one resource we have plenty of in DLP is the passion of our brothers! And if we could help brothers focus their passions on things that were important to them we could be a more effective Fraternity – A Stronger Fraternity – and in the words of our Founder – the Better Fraternity!
Strength Program and Empowerment Program
2018 marks the eighth year for The Delta Force Leadership Academy and an expansion of the leadership programming available to our Fraternity. Both programs compliment each other, but neither is a prerequisite for the other. All Delta Force Programs are based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and are aimed at providing an intense, intentional experience where participants discover their individual potential and become powerful agents for positive change in the Fraternity and their communities.
Which Program Should I Apply For?
Delta Force Strength is intended for Brothers and Colonists who are interested in further developing their sense of personal leadership and strength. We all lead each day in many ways and when we know where our center is and what drives us as individuals, we become more powerful agents, for positive change. Strength focuses on personal passion, shared values, and strengthening interpersonal relationships.
Delta Force Empowerment is intended for individuals who are newly elected or desire to hold an office in their Chapter or Colony. Empowerment is a program that focuses on how to work with and within different groups to create collaborative change in our communities. Empowerment will provide tools to develop and implement best practices, understand roles and relationships within our international Fraternity, and servant leadership. Empowerment is about executing positive change and getting others excited about working with you.
To request additional information or to have someone contact you about participating in this year’s class, please use the contact form.
Delta Force Strength: Click here to apply for Delta Force Strength
Delta Force Empowerment: Click here to apply for Delta Force Empowerment
“Why is it called Delta Force?”
In the early days of the Fraternity, our Conventions were themed much as they are now, with one significant difference – they were all called “Delta Force” followed by a number. Delta Force, Delta Force II, Delta Force III –you get the idea. I don’t recall when or why we dropped the moniker. It’s just one of those things that we collectively decided had outlived its relevance.
When looking for something to call the new leadership program, I looked back to our history. I’ve never been told how the Delta Force name was chosen initially – but I do know that Delta Lambda Phi was making its presence known across the country and we were certainly a force wherever we showed up.
If you’re a STEM type person, you probably know that D has two meanings in math which are “difference” and “change” – which lends itself nicely as a symbolic name for our Leadership Program. Delta Force = Be a force for change and make a difference. The idea that the change and difference is a positive one is inherent in the values and guiding principle that are woven into the fabric of Delta Lambda Phi.
The hope and expectation has always been that those who come to the weekend will take what they learn back home with them and share with their chapters and communities. And when you look at what the graduates of the weekend have been doing these past five years you can see the impact of “the Delta Force” within the Fraternity.
Did you know?
The Social Change Model is officially part of our Brotherhood Development plan? The Board of Directors established guidance for the Executive Director as we continue to strengthen our Brotherhood Development program. Check-out the Fraternity Policies Section 5.4.3 for details.
For more information about the Social Change Model visit the Higher Education Research Institute’s website. The link to the Social Change model is http://www.heri.ucla.edu/PDFs/pubs/ASocialChangeModelofLeadershipDevelopment.pdf
On Behalf of the Delta Force Leadership Academy Team and the Delphi Foundation, I want to thank everyone for their support of these programs and ask for your support as we continue to develop a program that supports all of our Brothers with opportunities to create The Better Fraternity and in the process become The Better Man.
In the bond of Brotherhood,
Ernie Hall, Life Member
Alumnus, Mu Chapter