Enrich your internship resume--Guide to Being a Sorority/Fraternity PR Chair

Enrich your internship resume--Guide to Being a Sorority/Fraternity PR Chair

Sororities and fraternities have a rich history in American universities and colleges, dating back to the late 1700s. Today, these organizations continue to play an important role in campus life, providing opportunities for sisterhood/brotherhood, leadership development, and community service. One of the most critical roles in a sorority or fraternity is that of the Public Relations (PR) Chair. The PR Chair is responsible for promoting the organization, managing social media accounts, planning events, and communicating with members and the public. Experience as a PR Chair can add points to your resume, as it demonstrates skills in communication, organization, and marketing. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide to being a Sorority/Fraternity PR Chair, including responsibilities, skills and qualifications, strategies for success, challenges, and solutions. Whether you're currently in the role or considering it for the future, this guide will help you become a successful PR Chair in your organization.
Responsibilities of a PR Chair
The role of a Sorority/Fraternity PR Chair is crucial in creating a positive perception of Greek life and attracting the best and most suitable potential members to the organization. A successful PR Chair should aim to craft a compelling, inclusive, and forward-looking narrative that resonates with the non-Greek student population and the people that influence them. The ultimate goal of the PR Chair should be to increase demand and interest among the preferred audience. When the highest quality and lowest risk students actively seek out the fraternity/sorority experience, it leads to improved new member classes, chapters, and overall experience, thus improving the fraternal movement. Building a positive image aimed at these objective compounds upon itself positively, leading to better organizations and a better story to tell. By taking control of the narrative now, we can create a positive cycle of improvement for the future.
Furthermore, PR Chair must be able to represent the organization to the public, answering questions and addressing concerns in a professional and courteous manner. The PR Chair is a vital member of any sorority or fraternity, and their work helps to ensure the success and growth of the organization.
Skills and Qualifications
      To be a successful PR chair, you must have the following abilities
  1. Communicate a tale: The message that your organization (council or chapter) conveys should be a unified, captivating story. Every marketing tactic, social media post, printed material, promotional event, and conversation should reflect the essence of this central marketing story. It is crucial to identify and articulate this story, which should be a single, emotionally charged, and powerfully written paragraph supported by three key talking points. This heart of your marketing strategy will serve as a guiding light for all messaging, ensuring that it aligns with your core narrative.
  2. Foster connections: Fraternities and sororities are fundamentally built on relationships. The most effective way to change people's perceptions of our organizations is through personal, face-to-face interactions. Therefore, all marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts should be focused on creating positive opportunities for relationship building or reinforcing the positive emotional experience that someone has when they interact with our members. Every marketing initiative should ultimately drive toward more meaningful personal interactions. By prioritizing these authentic connections, we can create stronger, more positive relationships with potential members and the community at large, ultimately contributing to the success and growth of our organizations.
  3. Earn Trust: As the PR Chair of a sorority or fraternity organization, your role revolves around building and maintaining social currency. The currency of Greek life is trust, and it is the foundation upon which all relationships with potential members, advocates, supporters, and partners are built. Unfortunately, our organizations often start with a deficit in the trust department due to negative perceptions and stereotypes. To be successful in the role of PR Chair, it is crucial to fill our bucket with the social currency of trust by actively working to change those perceptions. Without trust, our efforts to promote the organization will fall short. By focusing on building trust and cultivating positive relationships with the community, we can elevate our organization's reputation and ultimately increase its success and growth.
  4. Stimulate engagement: While the task of driving leads typically falls under the responsibility of the recruitment team, the PR Chair can play a crucial role in supporting these efforts. Effective marketing and advertising by fraternities and sororities should be targeted toward high-quality prospects and those who influence them. The goal of such efforts is to encourage prospects to share their name, contact information, and ideally, schedule an in-person meeting. As the PR Chair, your role can be like a red carpet that is rolled out onto campus or into high schools, inviting prospective members to connect with your organization's members. By creating compelling marketing collateral that resonates with potential members and reinforces the organization's values and mission, you can support the recruitment team's efforts to drive leads and ultimately increase membership.


Strategies for Success

As the Sorority/Fraternity PR Chair, your role is to promote the organization and attract potential new members. Let's take upcoming fall recruitment as example. The key strategy to achieve success is to effectively manage social media . Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are powerful tools that can help you reach a large audience of potential new members. Here are specific tips for creating a positive online impression during fall recruitment.
  1. Maintaining consistent branding and messaging across all social media platforms.
  2. Showcasing the sorority's values, traditions, and sisterhood through photos and videos.
  3. Highlighting the sorority's involvement in philanthropic events and community service projects.
  4. Sharing testimonials and personal stories from current members to give potential new members a sense of what it's like to be part of the sorority.
  5. Encouraging engagement and interaction with potential new members through social media contests and giveaways.


In addition to managing social media, another effective strategy is to organize a range of events to promote your sorority/fraternity. These can include both internal and external events that are designed to attract potential new members and build community within the organization.
Here are a few more event ideas to help promote your sorority/fraternity:
  • Host a Philanthropy Event: Plan a charity fundraiser or community service project that aligns with your organization's values and mission. This can be a great way to give back to the community while also promoting your organization and attracting potential new members.



  • Plan a Social Mixer: Organize a social mixer with another fraternity or sorority on campus. This can be a fun way to connect with other organizations and build relationships that can lead to future collaborations and partnerships.



  • Host a Guest Speaker: Invite a guest speaker to come and talk to your members and potential new members about a topic related to your organization's values or mission. This can be a great way to educate and inspire your members, while also promoting your organization to a wider audience.



  • Organize a Campus Clean-Up: Plan a campus clean-up event where members of your organization can work together to pick up litter, plant trees, or beautify a campus area. This can be a great way to promote your organization's values and make a positive impact on your campus community.

Volunteers removed about 300 pounds of waste from campus and the surrounding areas.


  • Host a Sports Tournament: Plan a sports tournament or competition that is open to all students on campus. This can be a fun way to build a community and promote your organization to a wider audience.



  • Organize a Professional Development Workshop: Invite a professional in your field of interest to come and speak to your members and potential new members about career opportunities and advice. This can be a great way to provide valuable insights and networking opportunities for your members while also promoting your organization to a wider audience.


  • Alumni events: planning alumni events and coordinating outfit planning and t-shirt design can help to create a sense of community and pride within the organization. Alumni events can provide an opportunity to connect with former members, share your organization's achievements, and create a supportive network of professionals who can offer mentorship and guidance. Outfit planning and t-shirt design can help to create a cohesive and recognizable brand identity for your organization, which can make it easier to attract new members and build a strong reputation on campus.
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Additional Resources
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