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MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC) IS HOME TO NINE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING FOUR FRATERNITIES AND FIVE SORORITIES.
The Multicultural Greek Council serves to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as a foundation to its values, including Latino/a, Asian/Pacific-Islander, and LGBTQIA. This council is one of our fastest growing councils, with three chapters joining in 2014! Chapters within this council offer many opportunities for interested students. The Multicultural Greek Council is governed by peer-elected leaders who serve the community to create opportunities, for collaboration, scholarship, community service events, promotional opportunities and programs for cultural awareness.
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY IS HOME TO SEVEN OF THE NINE NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH ARE OFTEN CALLED THE “DIVINE NINE.”
This is a collaborative organization of historically African-American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Each organization was established on the tenets of brotherhood/sisterhood, high scholarship, leadership and service to others. The ISU National Pan-Hellenic Council is home to four fraternities and three sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters elect peers to serve in leadership roles to further the vision and mission of the seven National Pan-Hellenic organizations. These leaders promote scholarship, leadership and service to others through collaborative events, cultural awareness, and promote their organizations at chapter and University events.
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL CHAPTERS PI ALPHA PHI NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: February 1, 1929. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Interest Group at Iowa State University. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Pi Alpha Phi is an Asian-Interest fraternity with 11 chapters nationwide and six colonies. MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Pi Alpha Phi is to focus itself on several core values including Academic Excellence, Asian Awareness, Brotherhood, Leadership and Philanthropy. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Jade Ribbon Campaign. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 cumulative GPA.
LAMBDA THETA ALPHA LATIN SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: December 1, 1975. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Zeta Gamma chapter founded April 24, 2014. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Lambda Theta Alpha was the first sorority ever created to cater toward the needs of Latinas in the nation. The purpose of the organization is to create a support group for women in higher education and unite the community on campus. Lambda Theta Alpha was established as an academic sorority. MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha shall be to provide a sisterhood based on Unity, Love, & Respect. To develop strong leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities. To promote Latino Unity through charitable and educational programs. To maintain a high standard of learning and serve as a voice for all Latino students. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Hazing Prevention, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. Kaplan University and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and be a second semester freshman or older.
LAMBDA THETA PHI LATIN FRATERNITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: December 1, 1975. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Gamma Chi chapter founded November 2, 2011. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Nationally, the majority of brothers are of Latino descent, but there is a large number of brothers across the nation coming from various cultures. In Iowa State, 100% of brothers are of Latino descent. MISSION STATEMENT: Lambda Theta Phi originated the concept of embracing the ideals of brotherhood, Latino unity, cultural awareness, and community service within the Greek-letter fraternity, all for the progress and empowerment of our people. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Latino College Visit Day and fundraising for Citizens United Against Epilepsy (CURE), and American Heart Association. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 minimum GPA.
LAMBDA THETA NU SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: March 11, 1986. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Alpha Epsilon chapter founded April 14, 2007. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. is a founding member organization of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organization (NALFO). There are 40 chapters of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. throughout the United States. MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. is to promote and foster Latina Leaders through educational and professional development, relationship building, and community involvement. Our intent is to provide our members exposure to resources for continued growth. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Latino Literacy and Latina Youth Leadership Conference. Locally, the chapter participates in Adopt- A- Highway, Boys and Girls Club, Literacy Gram fundraiser and Literacy Week. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.6 minimum cumulative GPA.
SIGMA LAMBDA BETA INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY, INC NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: April 4, 1986. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Omicron Chapter founded April 12, 1992. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. consists of 123 undergraduate chapters, nine colonies, & 17 alumni associations and growing, and has brothers from around the world. The organization colors are royal purple and pure white and symbol is the white stallion mustang. MISSION STATEMENT: T. he mission of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc is to promote the principles of brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness while at the same time, enhancing others to become a better society. Members strive to graduate intellectually and physically strong men into the world where they can continue to make a positive influence. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Latino Vote USA, Sigma Lambda Beta Leadership Institute and BETACON. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Full-time student status with 2.5 cumulative college GPA or 3.0 high school GPA. One semester of college is encouraged before joining, but not required.
DELTA LAMBDA PHI NATIONAL SOCIAL FRATERNITY NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: February 20, 1987. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Beta Lambda chapter founded April 2, 2006. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Delta Lambda Phi is an organization for gay, bisexual, transgender, and progressive men. MISSION STATEMENT: Delta Lambda Phi is an organization wanting to create a more open and supportive community through social and service events and to provide all men with opportunities to grow as leaders and members of the community. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: HIM (Healthy Iowa Men), Youth and Shelter Services, and The Trevor Project. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Male students with a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
SIGMA LAMBDA GAMMA NATIONAL SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: April 9, 1990. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Gamma chapter founded April 11, 1992. CHAPTER INFORMATION: The organization colors are pink and purple and symbols include the pink rose and the purple panther. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. strives to uphold their motto. “Culture is Pride, Pride is Success.” MISSION STATEMENT: S. igma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women. Through a network of close to 3,000 multicultural sisters from collegiate chapters and alumnae associations located across the United States, we promote academic excellence and higher education for all women via a dedication and incorporation of the sorority principles – Academics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Morals & Ethics, and Social Interaction – in our lives. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: TRIO programs, Breast Cancer Awareness, Sigma Lambda Gamma Educational Foundation and Panther Dash for Education. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.75 college GPA or a 2.6 GPA with a personal essay. Interested members must have one semester at Iowa State University.
GAMMA RHO LAMBDA NATIONAL SORORITY
NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: November 20, 2003. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Omicron chapter founded April 26, 2013. CHAPTER INFORMATION: G . amma Rho Lambda, Omicron Chapter is a social sorority for the LGBTQ and Ally community. MISSION STATEMENT: GRL of ISU exemplifies the qualities of acceptance, diversity, unity and trust, which provides a network of assistance in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community service while ultimately developing the lifelong bonds of sibling-hood. We are all committed to creating a diverse, safe, educational, and scholastic environment. We are inclusive and welcome all races, sexualities, nationalities, systems of belief, and worldviews. We ultimately support the LGBTQA community, while effecting social change in the Ames, Iowa community. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: LGBTQA Advocacy and Outreach. Local programs include Coming Out Week, Trans Day of Remembrance and Pride Week. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least half-time students (6 credits) and a minimum GPA of 2.0.
DELTA PHI LAMBDA SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: December 5, 1998. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Interest Group at Iowa State University. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Delta Phi Lambda is an Asian-Interest sorority with 15 chapters nationwide. MISSION STATEMENT: T. he mission of Delta Phi Lambda is advocating for Asian awareness and empowerment of women leaders through values-based programs and everlasting sisterhood. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Best Bones Forever. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL CHAPTERS ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: December 4, 1906. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Omicron Pi chapter founded May 2, 1982. MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Project Alpha, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Brother’s Keeper, Go-to-High School, Go-to-College. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: At least one semester at ISU completed, with a 2.5 minimum GPA.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: January 15, 1908. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Eta Tau chapter founded June 14, 1973. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is a diverse organization, with chapters all over the globe. Japan, South Africa, Germany, and Korea are home to a few of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International chapters. The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha are also very diverse in age, ranging from 18 and older. The Eta Tau chapter is comprised of college-aged women attending either Iowa State University or Drake University. PURPOSE STATEMENT: The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Emerging Youth Leaders, Global Poverty Initiation, Health Initiatives including Asthma Prevention and Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Local programs include Fight Like A Girl for October Breast Cancer Awareness, and Red Barrel Food Pantry. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 GPA or C+ average, both cumulative and semester.
KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: January 5, 1911. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Omega chapter founded November 28, 1925. CHAPTER INFORMATION: K. appa Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. is an NPHC fraternity with 721 chapters worldwide with chapters in Japan, Germany, South Africa and many other foreign nations. MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. is to help men grow and develop into better men. We also want to help men become achievers in every field of human endeavor.
NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Heartland Humane Society, Kappa League, and Guide Right. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: November 19, 1911. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Mu Theta chapter founded February 1, 1970. MISSION STATEMENT: Motto is ”Friendship is Essential to the Soul.” The mission statement of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive, helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation; and foster the humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status. Cardinal principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Voter registration, Habitat for Humanity, Charles Drew Blood Drive, NAACP. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Completed 36 credit hours at ISU with a GPA minimum of 2.5.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: January 13, 1913. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Phi chapter founded December 29, 1923. CHAPTER INFORMATION: The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea. MISSION STATEMENT: D . elta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Financial Fortitude, Delta GEMS, EMBODI, and Healthy Lifestyle. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.
HOW TO JOIN
PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC.
Many of the Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters conduct a process called intake, which includes both the process of joining the organization and the new member period. Many groups only accept members who have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members do not join until the second semester of their first year at ISU however, students are encouraged to join these organizations at any time. The intake process can often include an application and interview process, followed by an educational process to join. Two chapters within the Multicultural Greek Council vary how they welcome members to their organizations. Gamma Rho Lambda and Delta Lambda Phi recruit members through council promotional events, chapter events and University events. Members interested in joining these two groups can join at any time throughout their Iowa State experience. Students interested in joining any organization are encouraged to show interest in the organization through dedication, passion to uphold the standards of the organization, and high academic standards. The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council collaborate each semester to host Meet the Greeks to promote their individual organizations and/or attend an informational session for one of the organizations.
NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: January 9, 1914. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Kappa Gamma chapter founded September 5, 1978. MISSION STATEMENT: The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship, and service. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: March of Dimes, and membership improvement opportunities including Bigger and Better Business, Sigma Wellness, Sigma Education, and Sigma Cares. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: At least 12 credits at ISU completed, with a 2.5 minimum GPA.
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC.
Joining a Greek organization provides students opportunities through leadership, friendship, community service, philanthropy and academic success. The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters offer brotherhood and sisterhood connections through service projects, study sessions, events such as retreats, outings and meals. While none of the MGC or NPHC groups have houses, many members live together. Members within these groups experience the same benefits of membership as those with houses through these initiatives.
NATIONAL FOUNDING DATE: January 16, 1920. LOCAL FOUNDING DATE: Upsilon Nu chapter founded March 19, 1988. CHAPTER INFORMATION: Zeta Phi Beta was the first greekletter organization to have chartered a chapter in Africa, first to have adult and youth auxiliary groups, first to have all operations organized at a national headquarters, and first to be constitutionally bound to a brother fraternity (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.). MISSION STATEMENT: Z. eta Phi Beta was founded based on four important principles needed in every woman’s life: finer womanhood, scholarship, sisterly love, service. NATIONAL PROGRAMS: Stork’s Nest with March of Dimes, Adopt-A-School, International Women of Color, Triple Negative Breast Cancer. MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: 2.5 cumulative GPA and one semester at Iowa State complete, be at least half-time status (6 credits) at Iowa State.
The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters take pride in the rich emphasis on culture each organization strives to uphold. Chapters embody the culture of their organization through unique chants, calls and hand signs, which are inter/nationally known. Many organizations also either have a special step, stroll or salute. Stepping is a form of percussive dance to create sounds through footsteps, hand claps and words. Rooted in South African culture, many NPHC and MGC organizations create specific steps for competitions and showcases. Saluting is an organized, militant storytelling that praises members through synchronized movements. Many organizations use saluting to show unity and respect for their organization. Strolling is also a popular tradition, which is a choreographed forward movement, often in a single-file line formation. All of these traditions are an important part of being a member of a Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Greek organization.
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY GREEK COMMUNITY MISSION STATEMENT: The men and women of the Greek community of Iowa State University strive to enrich the lives of its members and affected communities by maintaining scholastic achievement, fostering friendships through brotherhood and sisterhood, enhancing leadership and promoting service. We are committed to developing exceptional citizens who will make a positive impact on the world.
OFFICE OF GREEK AFFAIRS PURPOSE STATEMENT: The Iowa State University Office of Greek Affairs creates opportunities to become effective citizens in a global society through collaboration and community engagement, the development of self-efficacy and leadership, and the advancement of social justice.
ISU MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is a great place to start if you are looking to get connected. The office is your campus connection to cultural events, resources, leadership opportunities and new friends. Multicultural Student Affairs provides leadership through programs and services that enhance the recruitment, transition, retention and graduation of ISUâ€™s multicultural students. It is a home away from home, a study area, a place to discuss issues on campus and a place to hang out and just relax. The office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Student Services Building and there is a committed staff that is willing to engage you in conversation and help you to explore the various opportunities available to you as a student.
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