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The Heritage of Sigma Chi Leadership Institute

The Beginning

Sigma Chi is Founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Sig­ma Chi Fra­ter­ni­ty was found­ed as a lit­er­ary soci­ety at Mia­mi Uni­ver­si­ty in Oxford, Ohio. This is when the Sig­ma Chi Founders first iden­ti­fied trans­for­ma­tion­al lead­er­ship through the writ­ten word and beau­ti­ful extem­po­ra­ne­ous ora­tions. The Found­ing of Sig­ma Chi gives mean­ing to the SCLI’s dri­ve to accred­i­ta­tion and direct­ly links to Sig­ma Chi’s Found­ing purpose.

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The First Leadership Training Workshop

Bal­four Lead­er­ship Tran­ing Work­shop, the largest lead­er­ship train­ing event in the Greek-let­ter world, was ini­tial­ly launched at Bowl­ing Green State Uni­ver­si­ty. While the con­tent and name have been updat­ed, the work­shop’s intent remains — to cre­ate trans­for­ma­tion­al leaders.


Horizons is Born

The Hori­zons Hunts­man Lead­er­ship Sum­mit is the flag­ship train­ing event for Sig­ma Chi under­grad­u­ate mem­bers. The expe­ri­ence teach­es par­tic­i­pants how to moti­vate them­selves and oth­ers to enact change that will inspire their communities.


The Creation of Mission 365

Mis­sion 365 serves as Sig­ma Chi Fra­ter­ni­ty’s char­ac­ter-based recruit­ment edu­ca­tion. First cre­at­ed in 2006, this pro­gram helps Sig­ma Chi mem­bers under­stand how to ensure mem­ber­ship selec­tion fol­lows the guid­ance of the orga­ni­za­tion’s founders, result­ing in char­ac­ter-based chapters.


The Founding of the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute

Sig­ma Chi devel­oped the Sig­ma Chi Lead­er­ship Insti­tute to be the orga­ni­za­tion’s edu­ca­tion­al arm and pro­vide an accred­it­ed lead­er­ship devel­op­ment expe­ri­ence to its members.


P4B Launches

Prepa­ra­tion for Broth­er­hood is Sig­ma Chi’s inno­v­a­tive, award-win­ning, hybrid new mem­ber edu­ca­tion pro­gram. This pro­gram teach­es new mem­bers about the his­to­ry and pur­pose of Sig­ma Chi Fraternity.


Footprints Training & Consulting Acquisition

Foot­prints Train­ing and Con­sult­ing was acquired by Sig­ma Chi Lead­er­ship Insti­tute in 2018. This invest­ment helped expand the edu­ca­tion­al offer­ings SCLI could offer cor­po­rate clients and Sig­ma Chi mem­bers as the num­ber of cur­ric­u­lar offer­ings increased by over 50%.

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Introducing Values-Based Decision Making

The Val­ues-Based Deci­sion Mak­ing and True Broth­er­hood cur­ric­u­lar ini­tia­tives serve as Sig­ma Chi’s intro­duc­tion to ensur­ing healthy rela­tion­ships with the many facets of every­day life. The True Broth­er­hood course enhances the char­ac­ter­is­tics of gen­uine brotherhood.


The Era of the Transformational Leader

Sig­ma Chi is enhanc­ing the fra­ter­nal expe­ri­ence by offer­ing the Trans­for­ma­tion­al Leader pro­gram to its mem­bers. It sup­ple­ments their aca­d­e­m­ic pur­suits with an accred­it­ed lead­er­ship and per­son­al devel­op­ment expe­ri­ence, which aims to improve mem­bers’ life outcomes. 


Changing the Fraternal Landscape

In July 2022, the Sig­ma Chi Lead­er­ship Insti­tute (SCLI) achieved accred­i­ta­tion by the Mid­dle States Asso­ci­a­tion Com­mis­sion on Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Schools (MSA-CESS), which is rec­og­nized by the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. SCLI is the first and only fra­ter­nal-affil­i­at­ed orga­ni­za­tion to offer an accred­it­ed lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence through the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Trans­for­ma­tion­al Leader.