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About Sorority & Fraternity Life at Iowa State


Our Values


About Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)


How To Join


Terms to Know


MGC History


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Chapter Spotlight


Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity


Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.


Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority


Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.


Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.


Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.


Pi Alpha Phi


Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.


Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.


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Greetings from the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement! There are few sorority and fraternity communities across the country that are as unique, dynamic, and robust as the community at Iowa State University. Sororities and fraternities members at Iowa State consistently receive recognition at every level you could imagine: personal, chapter, regional, national, and international! For years, our community has been known as one of the best of the best. There is an incredible opportunity ahead of you if you would like. As you think about what organization you should join, take some time to reflect on your own life. You should choose a sorority or fraternity that has similar values, ideals, principles, interests, and goals to your own. These are people you feel comfortable around. You are making a commitment for a lifetime and this is a serious decision. You need to choose a group of people you would be proud to call your sisters or brothers. There are many great characteristics of our sororities and fraternities at Iowa State. Take the opportunity to visit with multiple chapters, look at organizations from multiple points of view, and do not feel rushed to make a decision. This commitment is just as much your decision as it is the organization’s decision. Consistently, the all-community grade point average exceeds the all-undergraduate average. Our first-year retention rates and graduation rates are higher than the university averages. Sororities and fraternities at Iowa State are here to support your academic endeavors. Fraternities and sororities collectively complete more than 70,000 hours of community service and raise over three quarters of a million dollars annually for charitable causes. There are countless leadership opportunities available to members of our community. The Multicultural Greek Council is a vital part of our community and our history. MGC was founded at Iowa State to ensure that sororities and fraternities with cultural influences or ideals could emphasize that value through a governing council. The Multicultural Greek Council seeks to connect sororities and fraternities who represent Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Multicultural, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied identities. The nine organizations that compose this council were founded nationally between 1929 and 2003 and locally established at Iowa State between 1992 and 2015. Identity based organizations such as those in the Multicultural Greek Council play a key role in student development. Students in these organizations develop bonds of siblinghood, sisterhood and brotherhood and create a sense of belonging among members. While membership in these organizations is open to people of all backgrounds, the mission of supporting a particular identity associated with the organization is critical to the organization’s success. Joining a fraternal organization is a huge commitment. Have fun with this process as you consider making an incredibly important lifelong commitment. Sororities and fraternities at Iowa State have a plethora of success stories but central to all of our organizations is the commitment to friendship.

With Cyclone Spirit,

Billy Boulden Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement

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For more information about Iowa State University’s Sorority & Fraternity Community, visit:


About the Iowa State University Sorority and Fraternity Community Fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of Iowa State University (ISU) since 1875 and have enhanced the lives of thousands of men and women. The ISU sorority and fraternity community offers outstanding opportunities to get involved in leadership, philanthropy, and service while striving academically. Joining the ISU Sorority and Fraternity Community will provide students with the opportunity to meet many friends and become involved on campus and in the community. Recruitment refers broadly to all opportunities in which students might seek membership within one of the fraternities or sororities at Iowa State. The recruitment process differs for each of our four Greek councils including the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council. Some recruitment processes are formal, while others are informal. The Sorority and Fraternity Community is one of the largest organizations on campus and we invite you to experience one of our more than 60 chapters! THE SORORITY AND FRATERNITY COMMUNITY FOCUSES ON FIVE KEY VALUES INCLUDING: ACADEMICS, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, FRIENDSHIP, LEADERSHIP, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.


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The Sorority and Fraternity Community prides itself on holding high

There are many ways students can get involved as a sorority and fraternity

academic standards for its members. It consistently holds a higher GPA

leader. The first is through chapter leadership, where students can serve

(3.18 fall 2017) than the all-university undergraduate average (3.05 fall

in a leadership role internally to support the vision and mission of their

2017). Student retention is also stronger among the Greek community

organization. Leadership positions could include president, philanthropy

than with non-Greek students.

chair, and house manager. The students in these leadership roles are

The Greek Academic Achievement Plan (GAAP) was developed between the Academic Success Center and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement to support chapters looking to enhance their academic achievement. Chapters collaborate with the Academic Success Center

supported by the local and national advisers and university resources. Leaders can also get involved with Sorority and Fraternity Community leadership, which includes serving on one of the four governing councils, the Emerging Greek Leadership Council (EGLC), and many others!

to provide effective scholarship programs, study skills, and individual

Greek students also play a significant role in organizations across

academic planning.

campus, including: Student Government, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Student Union Board, Blood Drive, Cyclone Alley, Homecoming,

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Each semester, chapters participate and conduct fundraisers for charitable organizations of their choice. The Sorority and Fraternity Community raises over $750,000 annually for local and national organizations. Some organizations include the Special Olympics of Iowa, Children’s Miracle Network, local shelters, emergency residence projects, and many more. The community hosts and provides opportunities for community service events including the annual Greek Trick-or-Treat event, community clean up, visiting local schools and many other opportunities. The community donates over 60,000 hours annually to community service initiatives.


Dance Marathon, Fashion Show, Black Student Alliance and MexicanAmerican Young Achievers Society (MAYAS). In fact, in 2015, more than 300 of the 850 clubs on campus were led by sorority and fraternity students. Sorority and f 0raternity students also play a significant role in campus organizations and community activities through the city of Ames.

SOCIAL JUSTICE Iowa State University Sorority and Fraternity chapters offer diverse experiences for members. Chapters engage in critical conversations about inclusion, diversity and challenging inequalities by exposing members to opportunities they may not otherwise experience. By partnering with campus departments including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

Joining a sorority or fraternity provides members an opportunity to foster

Student Services (LGBTSS), Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, Student

lifelong friendships and countless memories through a “home away

Disability Services, and more, chapters learn about differences and

from home” environment. Chapters participate in many social events

similarities between and among the community. Some of the Sorority

within the chapter, exchanges with other sororities and fraternities, and

and Fraternity Community leadership groups also promote social justice

connections with other on-campus student groups. Through events such as

through education including Greeks Ending Violence Now (GEVN) and

Homecoming and Greek Week, chapters interact with peers to create

Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE). Additionally, the community

siblinghood among members. The friendships built through a fraternity

welcomes all students to join our variety of chapters which provide a

and sorority experience extend beyond college and serve as a foundation

vast array of opportunities to help each individual student succeed at

and network for your future. Mentoring opportunities after graduation

Iowa State University.

with chapter alumni, advisers, inter/national staff, and representatives provide members networking opportunities for many years.

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Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) 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 Latinx, Asian/PacificIslander, and LGBTQQIAA+. 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.











I’m thrilled that you have taken an interest in the Sorority and Fraternity Community at Iowa State! The sororities and fraternities within the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) constantly strive to uphold the ideals of friendship, equity, and diversity. Both as a council and as the individual organizations within MGC, academics, leadership, philanthropy, and service are priorities to our members. We want every student to find a place on campus where they feel like they belong. The close-knit chapters of MGC serve as a support system and resource for members both during their undergrad and after graduation. The diverse identities within MGC provide an opportunity for everyone to find their home away from home here at Iowa State. If you’re interested in meeting new friends that turn into family, having the opportunity for personal and professional growth, and

MICAELA CHOATE MGC President She, Her, Hers


joining an organization that will have a positive impact on you for the rest of your life, I wholeheartedly believe that MGC has an organization for you.


How to Join The 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 groups can join at any time throughout their Iowa State experience. All other organizations conduct 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 Iowa State University. The Multicultural Greek Council hosts Meet the Greeks each semester to promote their individual organizations. Each organization has a GPA, completed credit hour, and enrollment status requirements for membership. Some MGC organizations require an established Iowa State GPA. Some organizations may host a “Rush Week”, where prospective members can learn more about the organization to determine if they would like to pursue membership. Other organizations may host informationals to provide more context and information. Here are some great tips to help prepare you to join your chapter of choice: •

EARN THE GRADES! It is important that you have a great academic start at Iowa State. Focus on exceeding the minimum GPA requirement . Utilize the services provided by the Academic Success Center to help yourself thrive.

GET TO KNOW THE MEMBERS AND THE ORGANIZATIONS! Whether you are extremely familiar with sororities and fraternities, or know nothing at all, it is important that you get to know the members and the organizations AND for the members to get to know you. Use the first semester to attend each chapters’ events and interest meetings to determine the best fit for you. You can learn of events and meeting from various campus event calendars, sign-up on chapter’s email list, follow chapters on social media, and look for flyers around campus. Just remember to be yourself.

LEARN MORE! Take the opportunity during three-day weekends and breaks to learn more about the organizations by reading some suggested books: •

Torbenson, C.L., & Parks, G. (2009). Brothers and sisters: Diversity in college fraternities and sororities. Associated University Press.*

*This book is available for check out from The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement.

SERVICE HOURS! Giving back to the community is an important facet of culturally based fraternal organizations. Chapters volunteer weekly, monthly, and annually in areas of need in the community. Consider maintaining a consistent volunteer relationship with one organization.

RECOMMENDATIONS! Many of the chapters require letters of recommendation as a requirement for membership. The recommendation letters can come from mentors, employers, professors, as well as members from the organization. Be sure to remain in contact with people you know and develop key relationships with faculty and staff on campus.

INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP! Another requirement, by some of the chapters, is your current involvement on campus or in the community. Find an organization to join and be an active participant by serving on a committee or in a leadership role.


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Terms to Know ACTIVE MEMBER: a fully initiated undergraduate member of a fraternity/sorority.

LINE: Group of individuals going through the membership intake process. Another term is new member class.

ALUMNI/ALUMNA: an initiated fraternity/sorority member who has completed their course of study and graduated from the university.

LINE BROTHER/SISTER: Members who went through the membership intake process together or in the same year.

BID: a formal invitation given by a chapter asking a prospective member to join the chapter.

MEMBER PRESENTATION: a presentation where new members of many MGC and NPHC organizations present themselves as initiated members of their organizations to the campus community.

BROTHER/SISTER/SIBLING: Term used by active members in a sorority / fraternity when referring to each other. CALLS: A unique vocal expression attributed to an organization. Calls are special to members and should not be replicated by non- members. CHAPTER: the local membership of an inter/national fraternal organization. COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (CPC): the governing body for all Iowa State University sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference and two affiliate groups. COLONY: a fraternal membership that has received approval from the University Committee on Fraternities and Sororities and recognition from one of the Greek governing councils but is in a trial period with their inter/national organization. CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING: an informal process of recruitment that some Collegiate Panhellenic Council chapters will engage in each academic year. CROSSING: A term used to indicate that a new member has been fully initiated into a group. FRATERNITY: a Greek-letter brotherhood, siblinghood or sisterhood. GREEK: the name applied to affiliated sorority and fraternity members. HAND SIGN: A symbol or gesture made with the hands to signify an organization. Hand signs are special to members and should not be replicated by non-members.

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC): the governing body for fraternities and sororities at Iowa State with a diversity as a foundation for membership. NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION (NAPA): umbrella organization for 18 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) fraternities and sororities. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS (NALFO): the coalition of 16 Latina/o based sororities and fraternities. NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE (NPC): an organization composed of 26 member women’s sororities. NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC): a national governing organization of nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Iowa State University has a local council to govern the chapters represented at Iowa State. NEOPHYTE: A term some organizations use to refer to a new member of a fraternity or sorority.

INFORMATIONAL: A forum for individuals interested in seeking more information about a particular sorority or fraternity.

NEW MEMBER: a prospective member from the time the member accepts a bid to affiliate until the time the member is initiated. MGC and NPHC organizations will use a variety of terms to call their new members.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC): the governing body for 31 Iowa State University fraternities; many groups are members of the NorthAmerican Interfraternity Conference.

NEW MEMBER PROGRAM: a period of adjustment to Greek life, during which new members learn the history and values about the fraternity/sorority, its members and activities.

INITIATION/ACTIVATION: the traditional ritual or formal ceremony of induction that marks the transition to full membership in a fraternity/sorority.

NORTH-AMERICAN INTERFRATERNITY CONFERENCE (NIC): an organization composed of more than 70 national member men’s fraternities.

LEGACY: a prospective member whose grandparents, mother/father or sister/brother is an alumni of a fraternity/sorority.


MEMBERSHIP INTAKE PROCESS: a process by which interested persons become members of most MGC and NPHC organizations. Generally characterized by an informational meeting, an application process, an interview or series of interviews and an educational process.

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OFFICE OF SORORITY AND FRATERNITY ENGAGEMENT: university staff offering support and resources to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, individual chapters, Greek members and leaders and faculty and chapter advisers. PARAPHERNALIA: articles of clothing, accessories, props, or jewelry that a member may wear or possess that shows pride in their organization. PHILANTHROPY: a charitable fundraiser sponsored by a fraternity or sorority. POTENTIAL MEMBERS: undergraduate students interested in becoming a member of a fraternity/sorority. RECRUITMENT: the continual process of encouraging men and women to become members of the Greek community. SALUTING: Similar to a military-style of greeting, members of an organization can praise a particular member within their organization or to honor the organization’s past and current accomplishments. Members write a salute, and tend to include words of modern-day songs. Once they have the text, they proceed to add motions to the salute. Typically, if there is more than one person performing a salute, the members will synchronize their movements. SOROR: Another term used to refer to one’s sorority sister. SORORITY: a Greek-letter siblinghood or sisterhood. STROLLING: Organization members move together in a line expressing pride for their organization. In this line, members may express their pride through use of their organization’s call, sign or historical information, ritual/custom dances, etc. All of this is done through movements that are unique to a particular organization and should not be mimicked.

MGC HISTORY The need for a community for sororities and fraternities that did not fit under the three existing councils, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and the National Panhellenic Council, was voiced through the proposal of a new council. The interest to create a new council was first introduced by members of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. in 2005. At the time, Sigma Lambda Beta was placed in the Interfraternity Council and Sigma Lambda Gamma was placed in the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Both organizations felt these two councils were not the appropriate spaces for their organizations, as they wanted to put cultural awareness at the forefront of their mission. Through their persistent efforts, the Multicultural Greek Council was created. Thanks to the members of Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Lambda Gamma, the Multicultural Greek Council is the fastest growing council at Iowa State. MGC Membership is open to all races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. As listed in the constitution of the Multicultural Greek Council, “The mission of the Multicultural Greek Council is to foster development of the Sorority and Fraternity Community through leading, serving, and advocating on behalf of its member organizations and the diverse identities that they hold. To this end we strive to uphold the ideals of friendship, equity, and diversity.”


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Q: I’M WORRIED ABOUT MANAGING MY TIME BEING A MEMBER OF A SORORITY OR FRATERNITY. HOW MUCH TIME DOES CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP TAKE? Similar to other clubs and organizations, the more time you dedicate to membership, the more opportunities and adventures you will experience. The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. The first semester is generally a weekly meeting when members go through the chapter’s member education program. The majority of the chapter new member programs are six to eight weeks; these programs allow the member an opportunity to develop their leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships and become more involved. Each chapter has a weekly chapter meeting and other required events, including initiation, recruitment and philanthropic activities throughout the year. Q: WHY ARE THERE SOME THINGS SORORITY AND FRATERNITY MEMBERS CAN’T TALK ABOUT? WHAT’S THE BIG SECRET? Fraternity and sorority members often participate in ceremonies while becoming an active member of that organization. These ceremonies often are referred to as rituals. Sorority and fraternities pride themselves on the rituals that their chapters were founded upon. These rituals are full of the traditions and values that make chapter unique and have been conducted for many years. These rituals should not be confused with hazing and other inappropriate activities. Q: WHAT WILL I GET FROM A SORORITY OR FRATERNITY THAT I WOULD NOT GET FROM ANY OTHER COLLEGE ORGANIZATION? Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a sorority or fraternity chapter will help make the transition easier. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in the chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the friendship, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing academics, civic engagement, leadership and social justice. Q: WHAT DO SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES MEAN BY “DO YOUR RESEARCH”? Doing your research simply means educating yourself on the organizations in MGC so you can make the best choice for you. It is important to review national web sites to learn about the organizations history, programs and initiatives that are important the organization, and how the organization gives back to their community. Each organization was founded with a unique purpose, educating yourself will help you understand the council, the organizations in it, and ultimately find the organization that aligns most with your values and interest.


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Q: HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK? Questions are a great way to show interest in an organization, but more importantly help you fully understand what the requirements and expectations of membership are. Questions centered around staple programs, time commitment, and finances are always important to ask. This will help you financially plan and ensure you are prepared for any additional time the sorority or fraternity requires of you. Q: AS A FAMILY MEMBER, HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY STUDENT? It is important for family members to continue to be a support system for their student. One of the key components for the support is empowering students as they navigate the sorority and fraternity experience. Encourage your student to gather as much information as possible before they make the decision to join a fraternal organization. It is important that you discuss financial obligations and the time commitment before your student enters a recruitment or intake process with a fraternity or sorority. This will be an exciting time of new experiences in your student’s life and your support will be invaluable. Tips for supporting your student during the recruitment/intake process: • • • • • •

Allow your student to make their own decision Learn as much as you can about sorority and fraternity life and the membership experience Keep an open mind Talk to your student about the financial obligations and membership requirements Just because you’re a sorority or fraternity alumnus, doesn’t mean your student is interested in the opportunity Just because you’re a member of a sorority or fraternity doesn’t mean that organization is best for your student, let them find the organization that best suits them. Keep the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement contact information available. Please contact us if you have questions.


Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity Official Chapter Name: Beta Lambda Chapter

On behalf of the Brothers of Delta Lambda Phi, I’d like to personally welcome

National Founding Date: October 15, 1986

you to Iowa State University. Founded in 2004, the Beta Lambda Chapter

Local Founding Date: October 23, 2004

has been leading the way in creating an open and accepting community for

National Programs: The Trevor Project

all people at Iowa State University. We are part of the Multicultural Greek

Fun fact about your chapter: Host Annual Yellow Rose Drag Show

Council, which is comprised of culturally-based organizations. Together, we work to raise awareness of minority issues on campus and create a more welcoming environment at Iowa State. Our fraternity provides ample leadership and networking opportunities. We strive to present ourselves as positive, supportive and healthy role models for other men. The brothers of Delta Lambda Phi are active participants in both the Greek and LGBTQIA+

Colors and Flower: Colors: green, gold and white Flower: yellow rose Membership Requirements: Be male identified, have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA Estimated Membership Fee: New Members $400/ Active Members $275

communities at Iowa State University, while focusing on our academic responsibilities as students. Finally, in the tradition of a strong brotherhood, we provide an experience that will stay with each brother throughout their life. The brothers of Delta Lambda Phi and myself welcome you to our community and look forward to meeting each of you!

Derrik Wallace, PRESIDENT


National Website: www.dlp.org Chapter Website: www.dlp.org/betalambda Chapter Twitter: @dlpisu Chapter Facebook: @dlpisu Chapter Instagram: @dlpisu


Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc Official Chapter Name: Nu Chapter

of chartering. Delta Phi Lambda is an Asian-interest sorority, but we are not

Organization Mission Statement: Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. advocates Asian awareness, empowers women leaders through its valuesbased programs, and forges Everlasting Sisterhood through diverse shared experiences.

Asian exclusive. We care about raising awareness of our Asian cultures and

National Founding Date: December 5, 1998

fighting for equality for all. We are looking for girls who want to develop their

Local Founding Date: March 1, 2015

leadership skills within a community of shared values and are interested in

National Programs: Osteoporosis

I first wanted to be a part of Delta Phi Lambda because of the friendship and community that the sisters provided. I am most proud of everything we are able to achieve as a small group. The chapter was lettered within two years

building relationships.

Fun fact about your chapter: We are the first nationally-led chapter of Delta Phi Lambda

Christine Barrett, PRESIDENT

Colors and Flower: Navy Blue and Silver, Blue Rose Membership Requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA, Estimated Membership Fee: $350 for new members


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Chapter Website:


Chapter Facebook: Iowa State University Delta Phi Lambda Chapter Instagram: @iastatedfl


Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority Gamma Rho Lambda Omicron Chapter is a Multicultural LGBTQIA+ sorority

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Gamma Rho Lambda National Soroirty Official Chapter Name: Gamma Rho Lambda Omicron Chapter

their peers. We strive to be a support system for all our members, through all

Organization Mission Statement: Gamma Rho Lambda is an all-inclusive social sorority exemplifying the qualities of tolerance, diversity, unity, and trust, which provides a network of assistance in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community service while ultimately developing lifelong family bonds.

walks of life. Gamma Rho Lambda is not just for traditional undergraduate

National Founding Date: November 20, 2003

on Iowa State’s Campus. We have been a chapter here since 2014 to provide a community for students looking for a support system. As a midwestern campus, many individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community feel they need to keep their identities a secret, from fear of discrimination or not being accepted by

students. We have had graduate students, and non-traditional students as well. While we are a sorority, we are not a Sisterhood, rather a Siblinghood. We are not just a sorority for people that identify as women, but also a sorority for anyone under the trans umbrella, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals. As a sibling of Gamma Rho Lambda, we uphold the values of truth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity, strength in trust.

Local Founding Date: April 19, 2014 National Programs: N/A Fun fact about your chapter: We held Ames' first ever Pride Block Party! Colors and Flower: Purple, Sunflower Membership Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA Estimated Membership Fee: $180

Suzanna Parkins, PRESIDENT


National Website: gammarholambda.org/ Chapter Website: www.stuorg.iastate.edu/site/grlomicron Chapter Twitter: @GRLOmicron Chapter Facebook: facebook.com/grlomicron/ Chapter Instagram: @grlomicron


Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. Official Chapter Name: Zeta Gamma Chapter Organization Mission Statement: The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha shall be to provide a sisterhood based on unity, love and respect in an effort to foster the development of strong leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities. It shall also be the purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha to promote unity through charitable and educational programs, maintain a higher standard of learning and serve as a voice for all students.

Zeta Gamma Chapter would like to give you all a warm welcome to Iowa State University! We invite you to discover a new meaning of sisterhood with Lambda Theta Alpha. We are proud to be the first and largest Latin Sorority in the nation! Nonetheless we are proud to represent over 109 different cultures therefore our motto states “Latin by tradition, not by

National Founding Date: December 1, 1975

definition�. We are accepting of all different religions, political beliefs,

Local Founding Date: April 13, 2014

sexual orientation and demographic backgrounds. Within our sisterhood we

National Programs: Philanthropy: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Lambda Hill Days at the White House

work for the advancement of the community, as well as serve as a support for your future endeavors, struggles and challenges. We always say this sisterhood is a commitment of lifetime serving as a place for progress and

Fun fact about your chapter: First Iowa Chapter of LTA

growth. We wish you the best of luck on your journey and hope Lambda Theta Alpha can be a part of it!

Colors and Flower: Burgundy and Grey, (Symbols):Palma, Perla, Luna, and the Universal woman

Cynthia Reyes, PRESIDENT

Membership Requirements: Must be an enrolled undergraduate student who has not obtained a bachelors degree and has at least 12 institutional credits. 2.75 GPA. 8 Hours of community hours. Estimated Membership Fee: $300-$400


National Website: lambdalady.org Chapter Twitter: @LTAZetaGamma Chapter Facebook:

Zeta Gamma Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

Chapter Instagram: @lta_zetagamma


Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. We are known as the AlluEring Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated. Here on campus we are known as the Sexy Silver Roses or Lambdas. Our pillars are academics, community service, and sisterhood. Our symbols are silver roses and machetes. The machetes are used to symbolize our culture and the strength of Latina women. We are looking for members of different backgrounds who want strive in their academics and participate in giving back to their communities while having fun in a loving sisterhood.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Official Chapter Name: Alpha Epsilon Organization Mission Statement: The purpose of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. shall be to open doors of opportunity to the Latinas of our community. Our primary focuses are academic excellence and meeting the needs of Latina women in higher education. Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. also promotes the advancement of Latinas through various campus activities and community services and provides an environment for personal growth within a unit of sisterhood. Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.’s priorities, however, will be placed upon academic excellence and community service. National Founding Date: March 11, 1986 Local Founding Date: April 14, 2007 National Programs: Latina Youth Leadership Conference and Tijeras Latina Scholarship

Guadalupe Estrada, PRESIDENT

Fun fact about your chapter: Our organization steps/ strolls (dance) with real machetes Colors and Flower: Burgundy, silver, and white. Silver Roses Membership Requirements: Have at least a 2.6 GPA established at Iowa State University. (Second Semester Freshman) Estimated Membership Fee: Depends on National BoardMESA. We try to fund raise for new members membership fees.


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Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Official Chapter Name: Gamma Chi Organization Mission Statement: The mission of Lambda Theta Phi is to cultivate a spirit of brotherhood, to value an education, to promote unity among all Latinos, to be proud of and cherish our heritage, to assert roles of leadership, to develop character, to practice chivalry, and to serve mankind.

We as a chapter are proud to have created an event called Latinx Family Visit Day, which is a campus visit day that happens once every semester. This campus visit day is held in Spanish, and the number of guests have increased each semester. We are a small chapter, but we value every single member in this chapter/brotherhood and see each other as family. We seek out each

National Founding Date: December 1, 1975

others strengths and weaknesses and help each other to become leaders,

Local Founding Date: November 5, 2011

that is what makes this chapter so special. We look for individuals who are

National Programs: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

motivated to promote and develop Latinx culture on campus, and who are not afraid to stand up for those who do not have a voice.

Fun fact about your chapter: We are the first chapter to host a Latinx Family Visit Day.

Edward Herrera, PRESIDENT

Colors and Flower: Colors: Brown and White Flower: White Carnation Membership Requirements: For undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the minimum GPA is 2.5. Estimated Membership Fee: $400+


National Website: www.thelambdas.org Chapter Twitter: @IALambdas Chapter Facebook:

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Iowa State University

Chapter Instagram: @iowastatelambdas1975


Pi Alpha Phi Pi Alpha Phi National Fraternity Inc. is the oldest Asian-interest Fraternity in the United States. We seek to nurture gentlemen who embody our five pillars. Academic Excellence is one of our primary focuses. We value the intellectual potential of all of our members and continuously support each other towards educational success. Pi Alpha Phi stresses the importance of Philanthropy by giving back to the community. We inspire Leadership by providing opportunities within the Fraternity for personal and professional development. We believe it is important to build a community that can sustain our different Asian American cultures and values. Within all things, Pi Alpha Phi is Brotherhood. We share a lifelong bond of trust, loyalty, and tradition within ourselves. Our successes and failures reflect the Brotherhood.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Pi Alpha Phi National Fraternity Incorporated Organization Mission Statement: To uphold the five pillars: Academic Excellence, Asian American Awareness, Brotherhood, Leadership, and Philanthropy National Founding Date: February 1, 1929 Local Founding Date: December 9, 2014 National Programs: National Association of Mental Health Fun fact about your chapter: We're also known as the Pineapples! Colors and Flower: California Gold and Berkeley Blue Membership Requirements: Minimum GPA: 2.75

Members of our organization become leaders and representatives of the Asian American community at Iowa State. Our goal is to make lifelong

Estimated Membership Fee: $100.00 per semester

connections and elevate each other in the pursuit of excellence.

Joseph Yang, PRESIDENT


National Website: pialphaphi.com Chapter Facebook: ISUPiAlphaPhi Chapter Instagram: @isupaphi


Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated Official Chapter Name: Old School Omicron

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. was founded as a Latino

Organization Mission Statement: To nurture and further a dynamic, values-based environment which utilizes our historically Latino based fraternity as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people.

Based fraternity and since its beginning it has had Multicultural Membership.

National Founding Date: April 4, 1986

This organization is not meant for “only Latinos/Hispanics�, it is meant for people of all races, religions, colors and creeds.

Local Founding Date: April 12, 1992 National Programs: CPR Awareness, Testicular Cancer Awareness, American Heart Association

Erik Ortega - Marquez, PRESIDENT

Fun fact about your chapter: We like to replicate pictures from Multicultural Greek Council Sororities on campus for fun. Colors and Flower: Royal Purple and Pure White, Red Carnation Membership Requirements: 2.5 cumulative ISU established GPA, incoming freshman need a 3.0 or higher from High school. Estimated Membership Fee: Active members pay $127.25, incoming members have 2 payments for a total of $346


National Website: sigmalambdabeta.com Chapter Website: www.greek.iastate.edu/greek-community-experience/chapters/51 Chapter Twitter: @iowastatebetas Chapter Facebook: @iowastatebetas Chapter Instagram: @iowastatebetas


Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

QUICK FACTS Official Organization Name: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated Official Chapter Name: Glorious Gamma Chapter

The thing that makes me the proudest of my chapter is that even though we’ve

Organization Mission Statement: Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women.

all made commitments outside of our sorority, such as work, internships, class,

National Founding Date: April 9, 1990

family, and other clubs/organizations, we always manage to find ways to come

Local Founding Date: April 11, 1992

together and strengthen our sisterhood. As dedicated students and community leaders, who are also invested in our academics, it can be a challenge to make time for one another when it feels like there is none. However, we all know that being there for one another, through the good times and the bad is one of the most important aspects of sisterhood, and as such we always make sure to balance our time so that we are able to come together as a chapter outside of business related meetings. SLG is the largest, historically Latinabased national sorority with a multicultural membership in the nation. One of the greatest aspects of SLG, and our chapter, is our commitment to cultural awareness. Although founded by Latina women, over 110 nationalities are represented in our unique sisterhood. Gamma Chapter initiates women who share the vision of SLG, to support and impact the lives of each other and all women through our five founding principles.

Emily Villarreal, PRESIDENT

National Programs: Breast Cancer Awareness & TRiO Programs Fun fact about your chapter: Our chapter emphasizes finding your home away from home and we do this by creating family trees within our chapter. Each member is guided through their education process through a Gamma Mom who serves as a mentor through SLG and throughout the rest of their life. Each member has the opportunity to have their own Gamma Daughter to expand their family tree. Colors and Flower: Shocking Pink and Majestic Purple ; Pink Rose Membership Requirements: Be a full time undergraduate student at Iowa State University. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in college or university Estimated Membership Fee: $185

National Website: www.sigmalambdagamma.com


Chapter Website: iowastategammas.wixsite.com/iowastateslg Chapter Twitter: @isu_gammas Chapter Facebook: facebook.com/IowaStateGammas Chapter Instagram: @isu_gammas


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2018 Iowa State Multicultural Greek Council  

2018 Iowa State Multicultural Greek Council