Officers’ Academy

Started in 2017 as Brother Beta Academy, Deke University – Officers’ Academy has expanded to include programming for the Brothers Beta, Vice Presidents of Health & Safety, & Recruitment Chairmen. You can expect to tackle real-world leadership issues in a small group environment via roundtables, panels, and practical exercises at the event. Plus, you’ll get to network with your peers from across North America and DKE Staff during the sessions and local alumni.

Event Details

When: January 13th – 15th, 2023

Where: The Westin, D.C. City Center (1400 M St NW, Washington, DC 20005)

Who: Mandatory for Brother Beta’s & Vice President of Health & Safety.

Recruitment Chairmen for specific chapters will be invited individually.

How much does it cost: Brother Beta and VP of Health & Safety registration fees are paid in your Fall bill.

$200 for Recruitment Chairmen. The Chapter will be billed in the Spring semester. Chapters are responsible for travel costs. 

Have questions: Contact Dustin Stewart

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Officers’ Academy?

Deke University: Officers’ Academy is Delta Kappa Epsilon’s premier leadership development program. Every January since 2017, we have brought Brother Betas and Vice Presidents of Health & Safety together to join in each other’s fellowship and receive top-of-the-line leadership development and officer training. The conference is built to provide large group lecture-style learning, strategic goal setting with your brothers, and breakout tracks designed to best prepare you for your officer role.

How much does Officers’ Academy cost?

Every Chapter is billed during the Fall semester for the registration fee for both the Brother Beta and the Vice President of Health & Safety. This fee covers various things, including two nights stay at the hotel, six meals on-site, conference A/V and room usage fees, content creation, and more.

Select chapters will invited to send its Recruitment Chairman who will get a chance to join us for their own unique Officer track. Any Chapter that sends a Recruitment Chairman will be billed $200 in the Spring semester for their attendance.

If you are driving, you will need to plan to pay the daily parking fee at $30 a day.

Chapters are responsible for travel costs and incidentals not included in registration fees already paid. If you have concerns or need assistance with cost coverage, contact your chapter consultant.

Who attends Officers’ Academy?

It is mandatory that every Chapter send their Brother Beta and their Vice President of Health & Safety. Select Chapters will be invited to send their Recruitment Chairmen. 

If you anticipate a change in officers before January, please register anyway and we can correct registrants’ names as those changes occur.

If you have a conflict scheduling a mandatory officer to attend, please contact your Chapter Consultant.

What if I am not one of these Officers but want to attend?

Officers’ Academy is open to all members of DKE. However, due to limited hotel space, we will need you to contact Dustin Stewart to let him know your interest in attending the event if you are not one of the three officers mentioned above to ensure we will have the space for you to attend!

I am an Advisor. Can I attend?

We do not have a specific Advisor track at Officers’ Academy this year. Our team is developing a quarterly webinar series for advisors and other supporters of our members.

However, advisors in the D.C. area are welcome to come by the program. Please contact Turner Spears or Craig Dick for more information regarding Alumni and Chapter Officers Academy.

What if I can’t attend?

If you are the Brother Beta or the Vice President of Health & Safety and cannot attend, you must submit an excuse for your absence to Dustin Stewart. If your excuse is approved, you will need to have an appropriate replacement attend in your place.

For Brothers Beta, we ask that this replacement be either the Vice President or Treasurer. For Vice Presidents of Health & Safety, we ask the replacement be either the Vice President or the Associate Member Educator attend in their place.

Registration during October will be our primary registration period, but we understand circumstances change and we will work with you to the extent we can to find a mutual resolution.

What if my Chapter doesn’t attend?

The DKE Standards outline attendance requirements for this program (see “Education”). Failure to meet these standards will result in:

  • $500 fine per chapter
  • Remediation with DKE staff

Other sanctions may applied as appropriate at the discretion of DKE’s senior leadership.

What time do I need to arrive? When can we leave?

Check-in: Friday, Jan. 13 from 3:00 PM to 4:45pm EST

First session: Begins Friday, Jan. 13 at 5:00pm EST

Program End: Sunday, Jan. 15 by 12:30pm EST

When planning your travel arrangements, ensure your arrival and departure times, whether by air or ground transportation, allow enough buffer to not intervene with program start and end times. We ask that you plan to be present during all sessions for their duration. If there’s a reason this is not the case, please notify your chapter consultant.

How do I get to the hotel?

If you are driving, visit for driving directions or click on the hotel link here for more information. If you are flying, please try to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), as it is the closest airport to the hotel. Unfortunately, there is no shuttle service from the airport, and an Uber or Lyft can run from $25.00 to $40.00. If you are arriving by train, plan on arriving at Washington Union Center. It will be roughly $15- $20 for an Uber or Lyft to the hotel.

What do I need to wear?

Dress for Officers’ Academy is formal. Please bring a sports coat/jacket, collared shirt and tie, dress pants, and dress shoes for each day. Casual clothes to run around in.

What can I expect to learn?

The learning structure is split between large group and smaller officer-specific breakout groups:

  • General sessions will range from keynote speakers, leadership development training, and strategic goal planning
  • Breakouts will focus on the essential nuts and bolts training to ensure you have the tools you need to be successful
What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring a laptop and a notepad to all sessions. As well, bring any recruitment, philanthropy, or general Chapter t-shirts you have extra of. Every night we will have an opportunity for a t-shirt swap, and you never know what cool shirt you may get!

Who will I be rooming with?

All Brother Beta’s and Vice Presidents of Health & Safety will be rooming with the other officer from their Chapter. All Recruitment Chairman will share a room with a fellow Recruitment Chairman from another Chapter.

What about bad weather?

The DKE International staff actively follows the weather while the program is occurring and will make adjustments to the schedule in the best interest of our participants’ safety. This may include speeding the program along to finish early or individual dismissals for special circumstances.