regional leadership academy

It takes a village to have a strong chapter. In our case, that village includes our current and future chapter officers. That’s why we train them at RLA.

ABOUT RLA

Each February, the Regional Leadership Academy serves as the Fraternity’s largest undergraduate educational program of the year. IHQ staff facilitate the Regional Leadership Academy (RLA) in six locations throughout the United States. These academies serve as a unique opportunity for chapter officers in a specific geographic region to attend sessions that span a wide range of topics affecting fraternity life. RLA is intentionally designed as an officer training platform to provide tangible skills needed for success as defined by the Delta Upsilon Officer Core Competencies.

Both current and future chapter officers are invited to attend this interactive programming that is designed to help him tailor the RLA experience to his needs and role in the chapter. RLA includes 25 different breakout sessions and five general sessions that allow for extensive variety and depth in the educational content. Attendees participate in workshops, keynote presentations, team-based challenges and feedback sessions that help sharpen their personal skills and begin to understand effective organizational practices. 

NEW IN 2024 - To better accommodate travel distances for our chapters in California, there will now be an RLA West in Bakersfield, California and an RLA Northwest in Portland, Oregon. 

NOTE: DU will no longer host the Recruitment Symposium track as part of RLA. There will still be some breakout sessions offered about recruitment, but there will no longer be a dedicated track to recruitment programming. This also means there will no longer be a free RLA registration for chapters who have someone attend all of the Recruitment Symposium sessions. 

RLA 2024

Chapter officers, emerging leaders and advisors are encouraged to register for RLA. Registration is due two weeks prior to the RLA you plan to attend. 

Registration for RLA is live via the DU Portal. Once you log into the DU Portal, click the "Events" icon on the home screen. From here, select "Regional Leadership Academy" and follow the registration form prompts. 

The registration cost to attend RLA is $275 per attendee and includes hotel stay. Attendees are responsible for their own travel. 

Register for RLA via the DU Portal

RLA West

Feb. 9-11, 2024

Bakersfield, CA
DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield

Download the RLA West Schedule

RLA Northwest

Feb. 9-11, 2024
Portland, OR

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Download the RLA Northwest Schedule

RLA South

Feb. 9-11, 2024
Atlanta, GA

Hilton Atlanta Northeast

Download the RLA South Schedule

RLA Northeast

Feb. 16-18, 2024
Philadelphia, PA

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport

Download the RLA Northeast Schedule

RLA Great Plains 

Feb. 16-18, 2024
Kansas City, MO 

Hilton Kansas City Airport

Download the RLA Great Plains Schedule

RLA Midwest

Feb. 23-25, 2024
Chicago, IL

DoubleTree by Hilton Oak Brook

Download the RLA Midwest Schedule


RLA’s Impact

Our data shows that the Regional Leadership Academy 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 RLA have greater senses of: 


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.

“I’ve been to three RLAs, and it was the first DU program I ever attended. My biggest takeaway from RLA is to that you have the ability to solve any problem. RLA covers so many topics and helps you amplify your processes. So, no matter what area you want to improve, you leave with a plan for how to do it.”

- Ian Jones, Michigan Tech '20