National Pan-Hellenic Council M-F 9-5 The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) was founded in 2002. It provides the Presidents of all the organizations an opportunity to announce events their respective chapters may be involved in. Just because they have not participated in your schools most valued Greek traditions does not mean that they do not have the same pride in their university and community as the larger NPC organizations. The two sororities that are associate members are Alpha Delta Chi, a Christian interest sorority, and Sigma Rho Lambda, a Jewish interest sorority, Baldwin said. “Well, I wanted to join specifically because I wanted to make some new friends and get close with my religion,” Goldberg said. MGC consists of four fraternities and six sororities, and currently encompasses the following cultures: Asian American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, Latino/a, and Multicultural. The Multicultural Greek Council, consisting of both fraternities and sororities, was established at the University of Michigan in 2002. The CU Independent was unable to reach the president of the multicultural Greek council and members of multicultural Greek organizations by the time of publication. Many times it is difficult of MGC members to participate because of their limited members. The next step is to even the playinging field. © 2020 The Regents of the University of Michigan. I am a graduate of UTEP and a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma (a multicultural sorority). Subscribe to CUI Weekly and get a roundup of the week's stories emailed to your inbox every week! The different Greek organizations that MGC governs include an African American, Latino(a) and Asian organization, and Theta Nu Xi, a cross-cultural sorority that does not identify with any one cultural identity, according to the MGC website. “It’s a privilege for us to be a part of Panhel,” Carlson said. The Greek Council, composed of members of LU's twenty fraternities and sororities, plans each year's Greek Life programs, such as Fall Fest, Greek Week, & the Annual Awards Banquet. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the local governing body for National Interfraternity Conference fraternity chapters at the University of Michigan. I hope that the reason was to highlight that lack of leadership and initiative that is being taken by NPC to improve the relationship between the two councils, and not to misrepresent MCG as insignificant soley because of their selective membership and lack of participation in Greek Week (which by the sounds of it is the only event worth basing the success of Greek organizations). Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the organizations affiliated with the NPC and those affiliated with MGC is membership numbers. “But overall I wouldn’t call us part of Panhel because we don’t necessarily have to follow the same rules. Aside from Greek Week, I believe your campus will benefit from a Greek Life Council initiative. If that is the truth then instead of waiting on a “convient” time to vote, simply decide to invite all Greeks to participate. “I couldn’t tell you one of the local multicultural sororities.”. Plan events and competitions that does not require large teams. Contact CU Independent News Budget Editor Sarah Simmons at We cover news, sports, politics, opinion, arts and entertainment and more. “I think there’s like six people in each multicultural sorority and fraternity. My response is not intended to speak poorly about NPC, especially because I am not a student of your university, but do have a bit of advice for both councils. The Lamar University Greek Council provides a forum for discussion between all four councils: the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Council. Multicultural Greek Council. Designed and Developed by PenciDesign, @2018 - PenciDesign. Carlson also said that this involvement means recognition among members of the Greek community. It’s my impression that NPC is in charge of Greek Week. Designed and Developed by, CU holds fall 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Former Australian Prime Minister urges climate action at CU... We Are Against Patriarchy (WAP): a discussion about sexual liberation in music, A fragile, 50-year-old EPA must be fixed after the Trump presidency, Former Australian Prime Minister urges climate action at CU Boulder event, Lil Yachty to host “The Joy of Painting” virtually for CU Boulder, Inside the CUI’s investigation of the Yellow Deli that uncovered its connection to cult-like behavior and child abuse. “I would say they showed little interest only because the communication was bad,” she said. There are fully associated members of the NPC, two associate members of the NPC and then various smaller diversity-oriented groups. “[Smaller Greek organizations] are not a part of Greek Week so they don’t have the same recognition among the Greeks,” she said. 1443 Washtenaw There’s another side to Greek life other than just the houses in Greek Park or on Milledge Avenue. The Panhellenic Council serves as a governing body to 13 chapters at CSU. They don’t get out much within the Greek system.”. The Multicultural Greek Council, consisting of both fraternities and sororities, was established at the University of Michigan in 2002. The major events that IFC hosts during the academic year are IFC Recruitment Open House (Fall and Spring), IFC Recruitment Info Sessions (Fall a… CU Greeks be mindful that just because MGC is composed of smaller sororities and fraternities does not mean they are not worth making time to learn about. She said, “We are still working out the logistics to include them in Songfest since they have done so in the past.”. Baldwin said the MGC organizations are noticeably different from traditional Greek organizations. The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the governing council for multicultural fraternities and sororities at UNLV. “However, most MGC groups locally and nationally are traditionally smaller.”. Twice every academic year, hundreds of CU students will go through the process of joining a National Panhellenic Council Greek organization. “From my understanding, there is a desire to strengthen and possibly grow the membership of these groups,” Baldwin said. Carlson said that usually these MGC Greeks do not participate in these larger community-wide events, but that might change with a vote among the NPC groups. Established in 2003, the MGC mission includes assisting “diverse sororities and fraternities in the achievement of their noble purposes.” MGC also establishes communication for culturally diverse Greeks by acting as a liaison between these groups and the university administration, according to the website. “I’m not really sure, but as far as [Alpha Delta Chi] goes, we’d love to have as many Greeks as possible involved in Greek Week.”. Grace Carlson, a 19-year-old sophomore integrative physiology major, said she chose to join a Christian sorority because she wanted to be with people who were like her. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This poorly represents Greek Life as a whole, and I can speak for the members of SLG that academic success holds the greatest priority versus being visible at Greek week. The Lamar University Greek Council provides a forum for discussion between all four councils: the Multicultural Greek Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Council. The majority of the IFC fraternities offer housing opportunities that are off-campus or in special interest housing on-campus in the Greek Village. The CU Independent, or CUI for short, is the student news outlet for the University of Colorado at Boulder. According to the university’s Greek Life website, CU’s Greek system has two councils: the Panhellenic Executive Council, for the nine NPC sororities, and the Multicultural Greek Council, for the handful of smaller multicultural organizations. These four organizations pride themselves on individuality, while recognizing common values and principles. Many of the fraternities and sororities within MGC were chartered at Michigan in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s, prior to the council’s formation. As former President of my sorority, my unversity’s MGC, and Greek Week committee member I think it is time to set your differences aside and make things happen. After reading this article I was left questioning its true purpose. Carlson said the membership of Alpha Delta Chi currently hovers at around 120 women. Jenna Goldberg, an 18-year-old freshman political science major, said she wanted to join Sigma Rho Lambda to become closer with her religion. Panhellenic exists to assist member chapters in their efforts to achieve excellence and to encourage mutual communication and cooperation between member groups and other governing councils at CSU. Some members of other sororities said they chose to be involved because of the comfort they found in sharing religious values. Our mission is to provide news and commentary that's for students and by students — about the things we care about. “The groups associated with MGC are distinctly different in that their foundations were created by cultural identity, which is different from the traditional Greek organizations,” Baldwin said. The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) is an umbrella council for a coalition of Multicultural Greek-letter organizations (MGLOs) established in 1998. @2018 - PenciDesign. But there are also various multicultural Greek organizations that some students find to be a better fit. Be considerate of the times you plan your events as well. She said there was poor communication between the groups. We’re an associate member, so we’re not really in it.”. “We get to go to the meetings and go to Greek Week and we have to follow all the same rules as the NPC. Baldwin said that while these MGC organizations have historically been smaller, they are working to increase their membership numbers. Make time CU to make a difference in the direction your Greek Life is headed. “We haven’t taken the vote yet,” Carlson said last week. Both the Alpha Delta Chi and Sigma Rho Lambda organizations, as associate members of the NPC along with the other NPC organizations, participate in homecoming and Greek Week, whereas the smaller multicultural organizations do not. Carlson said by being either full members or associate members of the NPC, the sororities involved are expected to follow certain rules to participate in activities like Greek Week and homecoming. The activities and philanthropic service of these groups focus on their cultural identity and promoting cultural diversity among Greek organizations, Baldwin said. Represenatives from each chapter meet regularly sharing information, discussing issues of concern and interest, and voting on policies and procedures. “No one talks about [the MGC organizations], and they’re so small,” Carlson said. “We have someone on the Panhel board,” Goldberg said. With a focus on specific ethnicities and/or cultures or multiculturalism in general, these organizations are united to serve as a unique voice and advocate for their respective communities. Goldberg, a second-semester member of the Jewish interest organization, said Sigma Rho Lambda is an associate member of the CU Panhellenic Council, meaning the organization’s involvement is different from other fully-associated NPC organizations. All Right Reserved. The Panhellenic Association is the organization that strives to unite National Panhellenic Conference sororities and work for their common goals. All Right Reserved. IFC provides educational programming on a variety of topics to fraternity chapters and their members including leadership, risk management, alcohol awareness and scholarship.