Phikeia. The first step.
Once the decision has been made to say “Yes!,” to Phi Delta Theta, the new member enters a trial period that allows an opportunity for him to truly get to know the Fraternity and for the Fraternity to truly get to know him. The Phikeia stage is a period of education, 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.
Hazing….. Not Tolerated
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.
Our Phikeia Education
This program was developed by members of the General Headquarters staff, alumni volunteers, and undergraduate members to provide chapters of Phi Delta Theta with a comprehensive and consistent program of Phikeia education. It was compiled with nearly every detail in mind and was piloted in more than 25 chapters during the 1993-1994 academic year.
Phi Delta Theta strongly believes in a period of education before initiation in order to familiarize new members with the Fraternity. This period is one of positive and encouraging preparation for the responsibilities of membership and reaffirms the principles of Phi Delta Theta. The Phikiea Education Program has been designed around an eight week model; a time period which the Fraternity believes is ideal for the introduction of new men into the chapter.
The Fraternity recognizes the need for a chapter to modify the program to suit its specific needs. Therefore, the Phikeia Education Program has some flexibility built into it so that chapters can rearrange, add, or delete material which reinforces the purpose and objectives of the program.
In order to prepare for the challenge of educating the chapter’s future leaders, the Phikeia educator should carefully read through each section of this program well in advance of formal pledging. The program is developed in detail, but does need planning and execution by a prepared and committed Phikiea educator.
There is a comprehensive scholarship program provided within the eight week time frame, which emphasizes scholarship performance throughout the entire undergraduate membership not just the few weeks prior to initiation. The chapter should use this as a cornerstone in developing ways to handle scholarship deficiency for the entire chapter; not only new members. The scholarship chairman may wish to incorporate some of the ideas in this program into the chapter scholarship program, as well.
The Phikeia Education Program also includes a workshop on membership recruitment, an academic orientation workshop, and a risk management seminar. In addition, the Phikeia educator is encouraged to plan workshops outside of what is found within this manual. The Phikiea will learn about the Fraternity’s history, principles, chapter organization, leadership, developing friendships and brotherhood with the members of their Phikeia class and through the entire chapter membership.
The ultimate goals of this program are to successfully prepare all of the Phikeia for initiation, enhance their scholarship performance and to provide a challenging educational experience which will cultivate commitment and excitement in these new members of Phi Delta Theta.