“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.”
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.
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.
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.
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
RLA Great Plains
Hilton Kansas City Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Oak Brook
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: