WHAT IS THE GLOBAL SERVICE INITIATIVE?
The Global Service Initiative is a unique, award-winning educational program that Delta Upsilon is proud to offer to its members. GSI serves a dual role as not only the international philanthropy of the Fraternity, but also as the international service program of DU. Realizing the importance of creating powerful experiences that prepare young men for success in a new global environment, Delta Upsilon developed GSI to do just that. GSI offers members a unique opportunity to engage in direct service in developing nations and the United States, while uniting their actions with the Principles of the Fraternity. Developing global awareness and cultural competencies through our work is of significant importance to Delta Upsilon. We choose to create this experience in Jamaica because we have the relations necessary to work with the local government, to connect with local schools and to engage in the local culture customs of Negril, Jamaica. We also offer a domestic trip in Washington D.C. and work closely with local agencies to address areas of need. Our current partnership is with an organization founded by a Delta Upsilon alumnus who is working to eradicate poverty in the D.C. area. Philanthropy events such as chili suppers, car shows, bowl-a-thons and haunted houses have all been organized by chapters across North America to raise money for various GSI needs. These needs include building materials, cement, lumber and tools to do the work required onsite. DU chapters raise and donate approximately $75,000 to GSI each academic year. The GSI service-immersion trip is a seven-day experience to Jamaica or Washington D.C. with brothers from across the country. For the entire week, members are engaged in direct, hands-on service. Additionally, each day includes educational programming and evening reflection designed to help participants explore how they have been impacted and influenced by their experience, while engage in conversation regarding the Fraternity's Four Founding Principles. The service component of the experience in Jamaica centers on the construction of additions to area schools. In Washington D.C. we work with a local agency whose mission is to eradicate poverty. Regardless of what experience is chosen, we work together to explore a new culture, put our values into action and build connections that will last a lifetime. This year we built a dining hall addition to a primary school in rural Jamaica and volunteered to eradicate poverty in our nation's capital.