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International Convention

The 2020 International Convention is from July 23-26, 2020, in Washington D.C.!

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International Convention is the premier education and leadership program in Zeta Beta Tau. Held annually, it is a time for brothers from around the world to come together to share in the truest sense of brotherhood while learning skills that will benefit them far beyond their college years. Undergraduates and volunteer faculty gather in our host city for this memorable and highly regarded event that is made possible by the generous support of the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation. While the Fraternity provides other forms of face-to-face education for brothers, this is one of our only events which brings undergraduate and alumni brothers alike together for meaningful interactions. This program allows undergraduates and alumni to play a key role in the development and future of the International Fraternity. Through educational programs, operational  training and organizational management, brothers can gain a deeper understanding of the Fraternity and gain and exchange best practices while learning valuable skills regardless of their geographical location. It serves as the single largest gathering of brothers and provides a wide lens from which to see the Fraternity. At International Convention, the Fraternity recognizes individuals (undergraduate, alumni and friends of ZBT) for achievements in the interfraternal world and greater community.

This year, we will be visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and hearing from a Holocaust survivor as part of the 2020 International Convention programming. Also, back by popular demand, we will head to the ballpark to watch the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves on Friday night!

The schedule for the 2020 International Convention can be found here. Please review the schedule before going through the registration process.

The International Convention will officially begin on July 23 at 2:00 p.m. and all delegates are required to arrive by noon on July 23. Convention will end on July 25 at 10 p.m. The convention hotel is the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown. The address for the hotel is 999 9th St. NW Washington, DC 20001.

Undergraduate Information
Each chapter is required to send 2 brothers and each colony is required to send 1 brother. We welcome all brothers to attend, however programming this year will be especially beneficial for Chapter Presidents, Recruitment Directors, and BDDs. Hotel and Convention registration fees (for your two delegates) are provided to all chapters/colonies in good standing with the International Fraternity. We love when chapters bring more brothers to Convention! The extra brothers will need to pay the registration fee and hotel charges. The Fraternity will book hotel rooms for all undergraduates. Please review the Undergraduate Attendance Policy here.

Recruitment University:
Recruitment University is a pre-conference program from July 22 – July 23, 2020 that offers ZBT brothers the opportunity to explore effective recruitment strategies, develop an active recruitment plan, discuss marketing strategies and learn how to sell the ZBT experience. In attendance will be chapters who have consistently been the top recruiting chapters on their campus, chapters who have struggled for various reasons and are looking to improve, colonies still crafting their experience and others. Space is limited and filled on a first come first served basis, so reserve yours today! Cost: $50 deposit per attendee, covering overnight hotel cost plus dinner, snack and breakfast which will be reimbursed after completion of the program.

Alumni and Guest Information
The International Convention is open to all and we recommend anyone who wants to be a part of the governance of the Fraternity or gain insight into our Brotherhood to attend.

 Full ConventionHeritage ExcursionHeritage LunchPartner LunchBaseball NightGrand Awards Banquet Friends and Family Program
Early Bird Registration
prior to May 1
$385$20$75$75$65$95$100
Late Registration
May 1 - June 30
$400$30$90$80$80$110$115

Please find the Friends and Family Schedule here. The Friends and Family package includes the following: breakfast each day, Holocaust Museum (Heritage Excursion) and Grand Awards Banquet. Pricing for excursions and other meals is an additional cost.

Alumni and guests are responsible for their own hotel reservations. If you wish to take advantage of the Fraternity’s room block at the host hotel, please book through the hotel’s booking portal here. The nightly rate is $179 (plus fees and taxes). Rooms must be booked by June 30, 2020 to be eligible for the rate.

Volunteer Institute Program:
The Volunteer Institute Program (VIP) is a training for new advisors, held in conjunction with International Convention. VIP offers advisors the opportunity to learn from their peers and more seasoned advisors and staff about best practices and trends in the fraternity experience. Participants will have sessions discussing recruitment, operations, basic student development, ZBT’s heritage, risk reduction and insurance, among other topics. The program will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, 2020 in Washington, DC, with advisors able to join various parts of the overall Convention experience in addition to their VIP experience. If selected to attend VIP, Convention expenses and lodging are covered but you are responsible for transportation to DC. Travel stipends are available.

Pre-Conference Programs
iConnect with Israel:
iConnect with Israel is a pre-conference program from July 22-23, 2020 that offers ZBT brothers, undergraduate and alumni alike, the opportunity to learn more about Israel. iConnect will bring together brothers who share a common interest in supporting Israel and connecting with ZBT’s heritage. This program will bring attention to all aspects of Israeli culture and allow brothers, partner agency representatives and friends of ZBT and Israel to network and learn from one another. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation as part of its Heritage Initiative. Learn more about it here.

Recruitment University:
Recruitment University is a pre-conference program from July 22 – July 23, 2020 that offers ZBT brothers the opportunity to explore effective recruitment strategies, develop an active recruitment plan, discuss marketing strategies and learn how to sell the ZBT experience. In attendance will be chapters who have consistently been the top recruiting chapters on their campus, chapters who have struggled for various reasons and are looking to improve, colonies still crafting their experience and others. Space is limited and filled on a first come first served basis, so reserve yours today! Cost: $50 deposit per attendee, covering overnight hotel cost plus dinner, snack and breakfast which will be reimbursed after completion of the program.

Transportation
Reagan National Airport – DCA:
The closest airport to the District, flights to/from Reagan may be harder to find, most flights are connected to East Coast destinations. From Reagan, you can take a Yellow Line Train toward Greenbelt six stops to Chinatown/Gallery Place and a short walk to the hotel, Metro fare is $2.65. Uber/Lyft will run about $11 during normal conditions.

Dulles International Airport – IAD:
A hub for United, Dulles is the Airport where many long haul and International Flights will be easiest to access. 27 miles west of the District, it’s a bit of a hike to get downtown from the airport. From Dulles you can take the SL1 bus to the Silver Metro Line at Wiehele/Reston. From there you’ll ride 14 stops on the Metro to Metro Center, and then an 8 minute walk to the hotel. Metro Fare is $6. Uber/Lyft will run $37-$47 during normal conditions.

Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport – BWI:
The Northeast hub for Southwest, BWI is extremely accessible. A 25 minute ride on the train will bring you to Union Station on Capitol Hill. A MARC ticket will cost $7, an Amtrak ticket will cost no more than $35, but typically go for less than $20. Tickets must be purchased prior to boarding. From Union Station it’s a 20 minute walk, or a short Uber/Lyft ride 10 blocks to the hotel.

Train:
If you’re in the Northeast between New York and Virginia the train will most likely be the fastest option. Amtrak offers multiple departures daily from most stations, and will deliver you to Union Station on Capitol Hill. From Union Station it’s a 20 minute walk, or a short Uber/Lyft ride 10 blocks to the hotel.

Bus:
Like the train, most Intercity buses will arrive and depart from Union Station on Capitol Hill. Greyhound, Peter Pan, and Megabus all provide service to Washington. From Union Station it’s a 20 minute walk, or a short Uber/Lyft ride 10 blocks to the hotel.

The 2020 ZBT International Convention is made possible by a generous grant from the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.