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What is the Preamble Institute?

The Preamble Institute (Pi) will provide undergraduate leaders within our fraternity the unique opportunity to work with other undergraduate leaders from Charges across North America during an intense weekend of training and educational sessions. Pi will give participants a setting to improve leadership skills, fully understand Theta Delta Chi's values and ritual, and to develop values-based plans of action for their Charges. Attending brothers will leave Pi with a stronger commitment to Theta Delta Chi and a strong network of fraternal peers to aid them in the future.

What else should participants expect?

Pi will be a substance-free experience. All brothers participating in Pi will be expected to remain alcohol and drug free during the duration of the weekend. Even brothers of legal drinking age are asked to abide by this expectation. Violation of this policy will result in the participant's expulsion from Pi and the immediate loss of all lodging and travel privileges.

Who should attend Pi?

Each Charge is limited to one participant. Pi is intended for Theta Delts who will have an active leadership role in their Charge during the 2018 19 academic year. This does not mean that the Charge President must be the Charge's representative for Pi, as a Charge leader may often be another brother within the fraternity. If you have any other questions about who should represent your Charge, please contact John Lowry at

Where and when is Pi?

The 2019 Preamble Institute will be held in Richmond, VA. Delegates will arrive on Friday, January 18th for a welcome dinner and orientation, followed by two full days of educational sessions. Accommodations for the three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) are at the Graduate Hotel. Departure will be on Monday, January 21st (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

What are the costs associated with attending Pi?

Pi will be free for each official delegate, one per Charge. There are scholarships available, the link to apply has been distributed to all Charge presidents. Please email to inquire about sending additional delegates to Pi, the availability is space dependent.

Does this include meals, lodging, and travel?

Yes, the Fraternity will cover the cost of several of the meals, lodging (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night) and travel expenses for one member from each Charge. Members who attend via scholarship or pay the registration fee will have there meals covered, lodging can also be secured through the Grand Lodge by emailing