Hear from a Chapter that successfully held virtual Recruitment in April!
Shashank Srikanth (Eta Gamma Chapter '20), DePaul University
Shashank is one of the exemplary leaders of the Eta Gamma Chapter and recently led his Chapter through Recruitment for the spring quarter. Faced with social distancing and the first full quarter held online, he pioneered forward and coordinated hybrid Invitational Meetings and Recruitment events virtually. At the end of the Recruitment period, the Chapter pinned 22 Initiates, an impressive amount for the Chapter even if classes had been in person. Hear from Shashank about his experience leading virtual Recruitment.
What was one thing that surprised you about virtual Recruitment?
The similarity between in-person and virtual Recruitment surprised us a lot! I expected it to be very different and difficult to catch up with, but at the end of Recruitment, I realized that it was very similar to what we always did. Yes, we did not have pumpkin painting or such as Recruitment events, but we were able to leverage breakout rooms and such to have a similar experience. The number of Brothers we welcomed this quarter also surprised us. We were not expecting a huge turnout, especially because we were not sure if joining a Fraternity would be on anyone's list given the circumstances. We were definitely wrong, as we recruited higher numbers than the last Recruitment runs.
What advice would you give to Chapters who may have to do the same in fall?
Definitely keep an open mind! There may be a tendency to go easy on Recruitment because it is virtual, but the same effort for in-person Recruitment is needed for virtual Recruitment as well. Also, I know this is a very small detail, but we found that having our videos on in Zoom helped bolster participation in the info sessions and Recruitment events. When the PNMs can put a face to a name, they feel more comfortable. Finally, ask the National Staff for help! George Denny was awesome and my Chapter owes our success in Recruitment to his help!