Leadership Institute

Experience DU on the Fraternity’s biggest stage.

2021 Leadership Institute

Registration for the 2021 Leadership Institute is now open! Delta Upsilon is excited to gather in person for this year's event. 

July 30-Aug. 1, 2021
New Orleans
DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans

With health and safety at the top of mind, please note that there will be some changes to the in-person LI format and occupancy this year. This includes limited capacity and other COVID-19 protocols. See below for more information regarding attendance.

For questions regarding the Leadership Institute, contact Director of Educational Programs Veronica Moore at moore@deltau.org

General Registration Information

This information pertains to both undergraduate and alumni registrants. Please see below for additional information for each registration type.

  • There will a maximum attendance of 200 people, with the bulk of attendees being undergraduates.
  • Registration includes two nights lodging, dinner Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and other program materials. All attendees are responsible for their own travel.
  • Attendees will be asked to show proof of a valid COVID-19 vaccination card prior to arrival. Upon arrival, anyone without a completed vaccination card will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within the past 48 hours. Failure to provide a vaccination card or negative test will result in you being unable to attend any LI function or stay within the LI hotel room block until you can do so.
    • Any testing costs will be the responsibility of the participant.
    • Local testing centers have been identified, if needed.
    • Refunds will not be offered to those who cannot attend LI due to lack of COVID documentation or negative test. Substitute attendees may be sent in their place provided they meet all vaccination/testing guidelines.

For our Canadian chapters and brothers: The International Fraternity recognizes that Canada and its provinces currently have lockdown, travel restrictions and quarantine guidelines in place, which may prevent those from your chapter being able to attend LI in person. We advise you to follow all federal and provincial restrictions. The International Fraternity will continue to monitor the situation as we move closer to the event, and we recommend that you do so as well. Canadian chapters unable to attend in person would not be penalized within the Men of Merit program attendance expectations, and the need for make-up sessions for mandatory Loss Prevention program attendance would be determined at a later date.

Download the Participant Schedule

Undergraduate Registration Information
  • Each chapter will receive 1 complimentary registration and a reserved spot for attendance.
  • If a chapter has Leadership Institute scholarships, the DU Educational Foundation will reach out to chapter leadership with more information. 
  • Now that the June 11 early registration deadline has passed, registration is open to any undergraduate who wishes to attend until we hit our maximum capacity of 200. Spots that had been reserved for chapters to send up to two members have now been released.
  • All registration prices increased by $50 on July 1.
  • Undergraduate attendees from Provinces 1-3 should arrive at the hotel and be ready to attend Province Meetings at 3:00 p.m. Central on Friday, July 30. Attendees from Provinces 4-6 should arrive and be ready to attend Province Meetings at 4 p.m. Central Friday. For those arriving early, educational programming will be offered beginning at 3 p.m. Central.  
  • The final LI event, the DU Awards Banquet, will take place Saturday evening. Attendees should plan to depart New Orleans at any time on Sunday, Aug. 1. 
  • Undergraduates will be placed two people per hotel room. Each room will have two beds.

Register for LI as an undergraduate

Sign Up for the LI Waitlist

Alumni Registration Information
  • There is room for up to 30 alumni to attend LI (not including members of the Board of Directors or Board of Trustees.) Alumni registration will be capped once 30 individuals are registered.
  • All registration prices increased by $50 on July 1.
  • Alumni registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Spouses/guests will not be permitted to attend LI functions, including meals. While they may travel with you and stay in your hotel room, the limited space at LI functions will be reserved for members.
  • Alumni attendees should arrive at the hotel and be ready to attend the Leadership Institute Opening dinner 6 p.m. Central on Friday, July 30. 
  • The final LI event, the DU Awards Banquet, will take place Saturday evening. Attendees should plan to depart New Orleans at any time on Sunday, Aug. 1. 
  • On the registration form, there is an option to book additional nights at the hotel.

Register for LI as an alumnus


The Undergraduate Advisory Board (UGAB) serves as a focus group of the Fraternity membership. Six undergraduates (one from each of DU’s six provinces) are elected each year and serve one-year terms. During the Province Meetings at the Leadership Institute, each Province will elect its UGAB Representative, with the exception of Province 6, which will conduct elections virtually prior to the Leadership Institute. The UGAB will meet virtually throughout the upcoming academic year.

Those interested in serving on UGAB must submit an application by Friday, July 23 and:

  • Must be in good standing with their chapter and the International Fraternity
  • Should have attended at least one DU educational program
  • Should have held a campus or Fraternity leadership position
  • Chapter must be in good standing with IHQ


If you have questions about UGAB, contact Director of Chapter Development & Conduct Nicole Belinsky Lepperd at belinsky@deltau.org.


Two Undergraduate Directors are elected by the Undergraduate Convention each year to serve a one-year term on the International Fraternity Board of Directors. Undergraduate Directors are expected to participate in Board meetings, conference calls and email discussions throughout the year, including two to three in-person meetings. Any undergraduate in good standing is eligible for election and should have the availability to attend all Board meetings (both virtual and in-person).

To streamline the election process, candidates for the Undergraduate Director positions must apply by Sunday, July 11. A committee of your peers will evaluate the applications, and no more than five undergraduates will be selected to deliver a two-minute speech to the Undergraduate Convention. If an applicant is unable to attend the Undergraduate Convention in person, their application materials will be presented to the Undergraduate Convention in place of a speech.

If you have questions about the Undergraduate Director application process, contact Senior Director of Chapter Development Michelle Marchand at marchand@deltau.org. For questions about the role, you may contact the current Undergraduate Directors (Aulden Maj-Pfleger, Alberta '22, and AJ Fidanzo, Bradley '22) at UGDirector@deltau.org.

About LI

Leadership Institute is Delta Upsilon’s annual Fraternity convention and the highlight of our educational calendar. LI not only the largest gathering of our brothers, it is where official business of the Fraternity is conducted. At LI, undergraduate and alumni members both participate a program that includes legislative meetings, province meetings, a Fraternity update and educational sessions.

Each undergraduate chapter is asked to send a minimum of two members, though eight attendees is encouraged.

Celebrating accomplishments

The Leadership Institute provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our brotherhood, while targeting educational content to meet the contemporary challenges of students and alumni. Educational breakout sessions are organized around several themes, including the history of Delta Upsilon, health and wellness, chapter operations, personal growth, and career development.

LI’s Impact

Our data shows that the Leadership Institute positively impacts a brother's development in a number of ways. Through our annual Membership Outcomes Assessment, data shows that compared to the average DU, those who have attended the Leadership Institute have greater senses of: 

"“My Leadership Institute experience was great. You meet people from all different corners of the country and Canada. We all come together for one purpose, and you have the opportunity to attend educational sessions based on areas you want to learn about and grow in through the Fraternity.”

- Christian Lange, Christopher Newport '21

Facilitator Interest

Want to help Delta Upsilon build better men? Complete our Facilitator Interest Form if you are interested in volunteering as a DU educational program facilitator.