Multicultural Greek life deserves more recognition – The Daily Evergreen

Even as a member of the Panhellenic sorority, I have a limited understanding of the WSU Multicultural Greek Council and its chapters. This awareness doesn’t suit me, and it shouldn’t suit any other member of the WSU Greek community.

Gabriel García is Chapter Secretary and President of Public Relations for the Omicron Delta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.

His chapter was recently awarded the Social Justice Award by the MGC. This culture of social justice is deeply rooted in the García brotherhood.

“Our fellowships were focused on activism and creating positive change on campuses and outside of our own communities,” he said.

Jamie Kness (she/they) is the new Educator Member, Social Chair and Public Relations Chair of the Xi Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc.

“Multicultural Greek life was something I was looking at when I started watching WSU, mostly because I was looking for resources that had to do with Indigenous peoples and Native Americans,” she said.

Historically, black and Latino fraternities were created in response to a lack of resources on college campuses after the civil rights movement in the 1960s, according to the National Multicultural Council of Greece.

Multiculturalism is defined as “not just membership diversity, but a tangible commitment to recognizing and celebrating all cultures equally through our programming, public service outreach efforts and community education,according to the Greek National Multicultural Council.

The Greek community that we know and see in the media was not founded on diversity and the celebration of cultures. Originally, collegiate secret societies were created for upper-class white men and eventually for upper-class white women.

Although times have changed and fraternities and sororities are more welcoming to non-white men and women, the place of multicultural and multi-ethnic people in college is limited within these traditional collegiate secret societies.

The designation of multicultural fraternal organizations was created to include people from multiethnic and multicultural backgrounds.

“In our brotherhood [chapter], most of us are first-generation college students, and this year all of our members’ parents are Latino immigrants,” García said. “It creates a bond where we can lean on each other if we need help or advice.”

Although a bond can be created regardless of the chapter of the Panhellenic, the Interfraternity or multicultural Greek organizations, those of MGC chapters might be closer.

“You feel fully welcomed [in MGC] instead of feeling like an outsider in Pan-Hellenic sororities, whether intentional or not,” Kness said.

Multicultural Greek life seems to be a place where people who felt left behind can be heard and welcomed. When organizations like these are created, we come one step closer to creating equity for all.

“I believe our goal on campus is to break the stigma that Latino men can’t go to college and be a positive representation,” García said.

But when it comes to creating that fairness, Kness pointed to the obstacles that stand in the way.

“There is a distinct class difference when you look at pan-Hellenic and multicultural sororities with the economic divide between students, especially when it comes to supporting first-generation students for example,” they said.

It is not enough to create space for marginalized groups; we must actively defend these groups.

“I think a lot of that encourages education about different cultures and backgrounds,” Kness said.

This education could be included in mandatory programming opportunities in Greek, such as those last week where Panhellenic, Interfraternity and MGC highlighted “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho.

But educating ourselves cannot start and end in February, it has to be an ongoing thing that can bring equity to marginalized groups.

Multicultural Greek life deserves to be celebrated.

Let me introduce you to WSU’s 14 Multicultural Greek Chapters and the rich stories that come with them:

Lambda Theta Alpha The sorority was established in 1975 at Kean University in New Jersey as the nation’s first Latin sorority. With guiding principles of unity, love and respect, they contribute to their local Palouse Alternatives to Violence philanthropy.

Gamma Alpha Omega The sorority was established in 1993 at Arizona State University, and when the WSU chapter was established, it became the first Latina-based sorority in the Pacific Northwest. These members value honesty, integrity, leadership, scholarship and unity. They contribute to Emerald causes for education and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Sigma Lambda Gamma the sorority was in the UofI established in 1990 based on the principles of morals and ethics, social interaction, academics, community service and cultural awareness. Their philanthropies are for breast cancer awareness and TRIO programs.

Sigma Lambda Beta the fraternity was also founded at the UofI four years earlier in 1986 based on the principles of fellowship, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness. They support the Sigma Lambda Beta Education Fund and the Sigma Lambda Beta Omega Fund.

In 1987, two multicultural Greek organizations were founded at Texas Tech University: Omega Delta Phi fraternity and Latina founded Kappa Delta Chi sorority. Each values ​​unity, honesty, integrity and leadership and is based on the motto “one culture, any race”.

The Omega Delta Phi fraternity supports court-appointed special advocates while the Kappa Delta Chi sorority supports the American Cancer Society.

the Alpha Psi Lambda The fraternity was established in 1985 at Ohio State University as the first and largest mixed Latinx fraternity. They base their fellowship on the principles of family, culture, academics, service, and leadership.

Chi Sigma Alpha the sorority was established at the University of Washington in 2002 as an Asian interest, not an Asian-only sorority. Their motto – “Strength in Fellowship” – follows their principles of character, service and academic excellence. They support the philanthropy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Alpha Pi Omega The sorority was established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 on the principles of education, spirituality, traditionalism, and contemporary issues. They support the National Indian Education Education Association.

the Chi delta sigma The sorority was established here at WSU in 2007 as the first and only sorority of interest to Asia-Pacific Islanders in the country. Their founding principles include academic excellence, leadership, outreach, diversity, and fellowship. Their philanthropies aim to fight against breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Alpha Nude The sorority was established in 2008 at WSU with the motto: “come as you are”. Their founding pillars included scholarship, unity, leadership, multiculturalism and brotherhood. They support the American Cancer Society as their philanthropy.

the Lambda Phi Epsilon The fraternity was established at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. It is the first and only internationally recognized Asian-American interest fraternity at WSU. They value authenticity, courageous leadership, cultural heritage, love and wisdom. They support the National Marrow Donor Program as their philanthropy.

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