As one of the largest communities of students within the University, the UGA Greek Life Office strives to provide opportunities to better represent the diversity of students on our campus.
Greek recruitment processes are open to all enrolled UGA undergraduates regardless of race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Below of some of the ways our office is working towards our goals:
Greek Leader Education
- Each calendar year we begin with a joint IFC, Panhellenic, NPHC, and MGC retreat. This is a time that our new council officers get to know each other and learn about the workings and culture of each council and its member organizations. They make a commitment to participate in an event or activity together each month.
- All Council officers have participated in a variety of events – Panhellenic, NPHC, and IFC officers judged MGC’s cultural showcase as well as Sigma Beta Rho’s pageant.
- This Fall, Greek Life will be planning a joint presidents dinner for all chapter presidents.
Evaluation of Social Event Themes
- Meetings are called to address behavioral expectations and standards for UGA Greeks and requested thorough evaluation of all activities and events to ensure the appropriateness. All fraternity and sorority presidents are in attendance from all 4 councils.
- Panhellenic, IFC, Kappa Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon came together to determine that antebellum dresses as a costume were not appropriate. While we only received negative response to that action, we felt it was the right thing to do.
- In April, a fraternity and sorority had an inappropriately themed party and posted an inappropriate picture on social media. The fraternity/sorority advisors and national organizations were notified. A meeting was immediately called with the leadership of the two groups (including the people in the picture) and the leadership of all of our 4 Greek Councils. We had a very open and honest discussion regarding the specific situation, and it continued beyond that specific topic to address other topics. The discussion resulted in several of our NPHC students attending the sorority’s philanthropy. Also, several NPHC students attended SAE’s Showercap party in the Spring.
Development of Diversity Committees
- The Greek Life Office was approached by a member of a fraternity who was interested in gathering all minority members in IFC and Panhellenic groups together for a meeting. They developed ideas to communicate how IFC and Panhellenic groups do have minority members and to promote membership consideration to all, specifically minorities. Subsequently the group came up with 3 initiatives. This also resulted in the creation of a diversity outreach committee within Panhellenic and IFC to keep the councils focused on the topic and moving forward. The students are also attempting to collect statistics about the percentage of minority members already in IFC and Panhellenic groups.
- The Diversity Outreach Committee will seek to partner with other student organizations to promote participation in Panhellenic and IFC groups as membership is open to all UGA students.
Workshops and Speakers
- Sigma Nu sponsored a chapter diversity workshop presented by Barry Callendar, and invited several fraternity presidents to attend. Panhellenic Exec also attended.
- UGA Faculty member Dr. Dawn Bennett- Alexander provided a diversity presentation at our Panhellenic and IFC Recruitment meeting.
- During Summer Orientation, we will begin our individual orientation sessions with one session focusing on Greek membership being open to all.