Michael A. Smith: What changes can we make within Fraternity/Sorority Life to be relevant for Gen Z?
Welcome to episode # 108 of Fraternity Foodie! Today our guest is Michael A. Smith, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement at Newberry College in South Carolina. Michael and I recently spoke at the AFA Annual Meeting on Recruiting and Retaining Gen Z, which was a great pairing for us since we were able to share our two perspectives as a Gen X and as a Millennial. We find out why Michael attended Coastal Carolina University for his undergraduate experience, what was special about Delta Chi Fraternity on that campus, what he learned being on the IFC and as a student coordinator for the Fraternity & Sorority Life office, the most difficult parts of his Doctorate program that he is currently enrolled in, how he is able to build a sense of community on campus at Newberry, the student responses to the pandemic, how we should advertise student organizations differently to Gen Z over Millennials, how we should change the new member education process, the technology tools he is using on campus to make life easier for students and administrators, and his favorite restaurants in Newberry. Enjoy!