Elevation in Practice Awards

In 2024, AFA retired the Institution and Organization Programming Award categories below with the launch of the new Elevation in Practice Awards. Check back in the fall of 2024 for the first set of Elevation in Practice Award winners!

Focusing on innovation, impact and inclusion, the newly reimagined programming awards focus less on traditional programming and more on originality towards advancements of the modern fraternal movement. The Elevation in Practice Awards highlight up to three winners in the three categories, across all membership types within the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors. The categories are:

  • Elevation in Practice – Innovation
  • Elevation in Practice – Impact
  • Elevation in Practice – Inclusion

Full descriptions and criteria for each of the Elevation in Practice Awards can be found here.

Originally formed in 1983 as the Inter-Association Task Force for Alcohol/Other Substance Abuse Issues (IATF), CoHEASAP (Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention) has served as the leading, independent voice on this critical student issue, and has represented a coalition of 20 different higher education associations for over 25 years. Throughout CoHEASAP’s history, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) has served as one of the most recognized and successful programs sponsored by CoHEASAP. CoHEASAP also sponsored a comprehensive NCAAW awards program with support from the U.S. Department of Education, the beverage industry, and federal and state government partners.

To continue this legacy, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors is proud to sponsor the AFA/CoHEASAP Award for Outstanding Alcohol/Other Drug Prevention Program. This award annually recognizes an outstanding campus and/or inter/national organization for its efforts in broad-based alcohol/other drug prevention efforts and the impacts they have had.

Two awards will be available for distribution each year; one to a campus and one to an inter/national fraternity/sorority and the program must have occurred in the preceding academic year.

Year Recipient

Oklahoma State University, Greek 100 Peer Education Program
Sigma Chi International Fraternity, Values-Based Leadership Certificate (Living Well)

 2021  Kappa Kappa Gamma – 2020-2021 Alcohol and Substance Misuse Education, Prevention, and Recovery Initiative
 2020 Wake Forest University, Sequential Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programming
Sigma Sigma Sigma, Prevention Institute 
 2017 University of Vermont, BASICS for Fraternity & Sorority Life
 2016 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
 2015 University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign
 2013 Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
 2012 Michigan State University
 2011 University of Alabama 
 2010 University of Central Missouri
 2009 Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity 


Established in 1994, four awards may be presented to an individual, institution, or organization that has contributed significantly to the development of multicultural understanding, diversity education, or social justice initiatives in a college or university fraternity/sorority community or inter/national organization. Criteria for this award include Affiliate, Associate, Graduate, or Professional membership in AFA or institutions/organizations with at least one eligible AFA member and significant involvement in diversity, social justice, and/or multicultural issues.

Year Recipient

Northeast Greek Leadership Association and The Parallel Agency, Lectorials on R.A.C.E.
Towson University, Social Justice Workshop Series
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Online Inclusion Courses

 2022 University of Iowa, Authentic Masculinity in Fraternity Cohort
 2021  University of Iowa – Panhellenic Multi-Year DEI Strategy
 2020 Sigma Delta Tau, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Week 
 2019 Columbia University, Creating an Inclusive Community 
 2018 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Social Action Program 
 2017 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,Learn 2 Live
 2016 Kim Monteaux De Freitas, University of Vermont
 2015 Jess Pettitt, Good Enough Now, I am … Safe Zone
 2014 Lehigh University 
 2013 The Ohio State University
 2012 University of Vermont
 2011 Towson University
 2010 Kayte Sexton Fry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
 2009 University of Vermont
 2008 Student Affairs Division at the University of Louisville 
 2007 Northwestern University, Bridging the Gap
 2004 David Ortiz, Baylor University
 2003 Shelah Crear, University of Texas
 2002 Jason Dean, University of Mississippi
 2001 Michael Deen, Western Regional Greek Conference
 2000 Monica Miranda, University of Rochester
 1998 Steve Dealph, Northwestern University
 1997 Michael Deen, Southern Methodist University
 1995 Kyle Van Hoften, University of California, Berkeley
 1994 Mary Peterson, University of Iowa

The purpose of the Excellence in Educational Programming Award is to recognize new and innovative programs that facilitate a meaningful experience around learning and education for fraternity and sorority members.. Three awards may be presented for educational programming efforts: one to a fraternal organization for efforts directed to undergraduate or alumni members, one to an affiliate or vendor member organization for educational efforts, and one for a campus-based program for new and innovative educational efforts.

Organizations/Campuses may not receive the award more than once for the same program in a three-year cycle. Previous winners are eligible to reapply a program but documented changes or shifts must be articulated comparatively against the previous winning program.




AliveTek, Decisions: Alcohol Awareness and Education – College Edition
Carnegie Mellon University, Shared Leadership Summit
Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, Empower

 2022 AliveTek, Hazing Prevention 101 eLearning Courses
The Ohio State University, Buckeye Greek Leadership Institute
Alpha Tau Omega, Men of Destiny Program
 2021 Towson University – Greek Ambassadors, Greek 101, Emerging Leaders, and Executive Leadership
Gamma Phi Beta – Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summit
AliveTek & The Harbor Institute – Brave and Bold Dialogues
 2020 University of Iowa, Pre-Joining Education Curriculum
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Courage to Commit Program 
 2019 Temple University, Service Immersion Program
Delta Chi, Associate Member Program
LaunchPoint, PNM Orientation Program
 2018 Ball State University, Greek Peer Advocates Program
Alpha Xi Delta, The Founders’ Academy 
 2017 Miami University, Online Orientation Course
Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, REAL Leadership Experience
 2016 University of Illinois, GUARD Program
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Behind Happy Faces Program
James R. Favor & Company, Fraternal Health & Safety Initiative 
 2015 Iowa State University, Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE)
Sigma Nu Fraternity, LEAD Program 
 2014  Northeast Greek Leadership Association, Advisors’ Academy
Ohio State University, Buckeye Fraternal Citizenship Series
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and the Online Learning Center
 2013 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Interactive Media Risk Management Program
The Leadership Institute: Women With Purpose, Service Immersion Experience
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., A34Life Project
 2012 Kappa Alpha Theta, Sisters Supporting Sisters
Phired Up Productions & the RESPONSE ABILITY Project, Be the Person
 2011 Pi Beta Phi, Leading with Values
Purdue University, Perfect Party
CAMPUSPEAK, Elephants & Onions
 2010 Ohio University, Gays, Greeks, & Grape Juice
Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Global Service Initiative
The Leadership Institute – Women With Purpose, Barriers to Facilitation
 2009 Lehigh University, GEMS: Leadership Development Program
Delta Delta Delta, Reflections: Body Image Program
RISE Partnerships, From Hazing to Health
 2008 Cornell University, Positively Challenging
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Keystone Regional Leadership Conferences
CAMPUSPEAK, Inc., The Intake Equation
 2007 Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, Collegiate Advisor Development Program
HRH/Kirklin & Co., LLC, Personal Consequences: Understanding the Personal Liability of Your Greek Experience
 2006 Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, The Miller Nichols Chapter Presidents Leadership Academy
 2005 Sigma Sigma Sigma, Essential Sigma
 2004 Alpha Omicron Pi, F.A.I.T.H.i
 2003 Beta Theta Pi, Beta Wilderness Challenge
 2002 Sigma Alpha Epsilon, True Gentleman Initiative
 2001 Sigma Chi, Risk Management Foundation, Riskwatch Interactive
 2000 Beta Theta Pi, Men of Principle Initiative
 1999 Sigma Phi Epsilon & Delta Delta Delta, Carlson University
 1998 Alpha Gamma Delta, Seeing Through the Haze to a Clearer Purpose
 1997 Phi Mu, Journey of a Woman
 1996 Delta Gamma
 1995 Kappa Alpha Theta
 1994 Theta Xi
 1993 Zeta Tau Alpha
 1992 Delta Gamma, Well Aware ProgramKappa Kappa Gamma, SEEK: Self Esteem for Every KappaPhi Sigma Kappa, The BasicsSigma Alpha Epsilon, The Leading Edge

Established in 1996, this award is presented to institutions of higher education, and inter/national organizations that have made tremendous progress and improvement in their fraternity/sorority community or organization. The award recognizes major initiatives or long term plans that have led to positive changes within the campus fraternity and sorority community or the inter/national organization and measured improvements, results, and positive outcomes in all or some of the following areas: scholarship, educational programs, leadership development, risk management, collaboration, community engagement, retention, and membership recruitment.

 Year Recipient

University of Central Arkansas, Greek Village Project
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Chapter Support Model

 2022  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, OSFL Prevention Team
Zeta Tau Alpha, Officer Leadership Academy
 2021  Zeta Tau Alpha – Annual Membership Survey
 2020 Bentley University – FSL Strategic Plan
Sigma Sigma Sigma – STRIDES Retreat (Sigma Training on harm Reduction, Intervention, Development, and Evaluation)
Kappa Kappa Gamma – Wellness Wednesday Series
 2019 Miami University, NPC Initiative
Delta Gamma, Risk Prevention and Reduction Initiative
 2018 North Carolina State University, Hazing Prevention Initiative
 2017 North Carolina State University, Tailgate Reform
Zeta Tau Alpha, Harm Reduction and Wellness Strategic Plan
 2016 Purdue University 
 2015 University of Maryland
Delta Upsilon Fraternity 
 2014 Ohio State University
 2013 Quinnipiac University
 2012 California State University, Northridge
 2011 Purdue University
 2010 University of Rochester
 2009 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 2008 University of Delaware
 2007 Lehigh University
 2006 Dartmouth College
 2005 The Ohio State University
 2004 Drexel University
 2003 University of North Carolina
 2002 Colorado State University
 2001 The Ohio State University
 2000 Pennsylvania State University
 1999 University of New Mexico
 1998 Valparaiso University
 1996 University of Maryland, College Park