Phikeia. The First Step.
Once the decision has been made to say “Yes!,” to Phi Delta Theta, the new member begins to truly get to know the Fraternity and the Fraternity truly gets to know him. The Phikeia experience is filled with positive and encouraging preparation for the responsibilities of membership that reaffirms the principles of Phi Delta Theta. After the Phikiea Education program, if both party’s values and expectations are in sync, Phikeias become initiated into full membership – and that’s where the real journey of a lifetime begins.
Required New Member Education Activities
To ensure its newest members have a meaningful introduction to Phi Delta Theta and also understand how to identify problematic situations, each new member must complete a three-module online Phikeia Education program including new To Do What Ought to Be Done curriculum.
In addition to the newly adopted Phikeia Education minimum standard, enhanced programming was introduced at the 2018 Phikeia Educators College to ensure all new members have a safe and rewarding experience. Standardized Phikeia education activities have been developed to help eliminate risk during the most problematic times in new member education. These activities include a Phikeia induction activity, a Big Brother program, and an initiation activity.
Online Phikeia Education
One of the most ambitious goals set in Phi Delt 2020 was to design and implement a first of its kind, standardized Phikeia (new member) program for use by all undergraduate chapters. After years of development, all chapters are now eligible to use it. This new program not only decreases the burden of Phikeia education on the chapter, but it allows the chapters to focus more on chapter history, relationship building, chapter operations and chapter/campus involvement.
The program is comprised of three modules that include online and in-person content: Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude. This new resource not only increases the level of education and appreciation for Phi Delta Theta for Phikeias, but it also provides chapters with a competitive edge on their campus. New members are able to complete online modules on computers, tablets, and even phones. The online content features a training videos, activities, and supplemental information to learn more about our great organization.
Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. It is contrary to the purpose of fraternity, let alone Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Members can still achieve a close group of men throughout the organization without hazing and Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters offers resources to help transplant negative activities with positive ones.
Phi Delta Theta encourages family members to discuss hazing and other new member practices. Family members have the unique opportunity to speak one-on-one about the dangers of hazing.