On Saturday, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. hosted its bi-annual National Leadership Institute. Originally NLI was scheduled to be in Houston Texas however due to COVID-19 pandemic, NLI was switched to virtual. The planning of the leadership institute was overseen by the Director of Conference Jose Figueroa.
“Houston had amazing promise this year,” VP of Membership Engagement Irwin Barcenes said. “But due to unforeseen circumstances we had to provide an experience to the undergrads and venture into planning territory we never had experience with before. This year we had a learning curve of creating a Virtual Conference! An exciting new field that we can evolve in the future.”
The event began with introductions and roll call by Barcenes along with a breakdown of the conference and what to expect.
National President Tony Pagliocco delivered the State of the Fraternity address. In this address, it included reports by marketing, finance, operations, and leadership & development teams. The first half of NLI ended off with a Q&A session and final remarks by President Pagliocco.
After the first half, the next portion began with a presentation of the MyODPhi internal portal delivered by the VP of Technology Jesus Apodaca. Some workshops presented were topics such as Title IX, Diversity & Inclusion, marketing strategies, and intake.
After the workshops, the conference team hosted the “Greek Olympiad” where brothers tested their ODPhi and greek knowledge. The winners, Larry Wells and Arnulfo Hernandez, were awarded the top prizes. In addition, Director of Academics Richard Villarreal hosted the Omega Ceremony in remembrance of our brothers who have passed on.