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Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Website: http://www.ifclehigh.com/

Regardless of whether you are a parent, incoming student, or current student on campus I would personally like to welcome you to the Lehigh Greek Community. My name is Kyle Durics and I am the Interfraternity Council president for the 2016-2017 academic year. Lehigh University is proud to have one of the strongest Greek Communities in the nation and the 17 IFC chapters here at Lehigh certainly live up to that expectation.

The students in our Greek community are passionate, driven, and motivated to succeed. In our society Greek life is often portrayed negatively through both the national and social media. Two of the greatest concerns regarding Greek life are interference with academics and the student’s time at school as well as separation from the outside world. The students within Lehigh’s Greek community however are driven to succeed and prove the traditional stereotypes wrong as a result of the abundant opportunities our great school has to offer. The current culture of Lehigh Greek life forces students to break outside of their traditional comfort zones and discover what they are passionate about, while creating an environment for students to thrive and develop as individuals. Members of Greek life here at Lehigh have the opportunity to meet new people in other chapters, work with other student organizations, but most importantly serve the Lehigh and neighboring Bethlehem communities with an overwhelming commitment of both service and philanthropy. Joining a Greek organization at Lehigh is a commitment to bettering oneself and the surrounding community.

A driven group of students without a purpose and without direction has over time proven to be ineffective. However here at Lehigh we are fortunate to have some of the most talented, impassioned, and involved faculty and staff members who have dedicated their lives to improving the Greek experience for first through senior year students. Our talented advisors come from very different backgrounds, each bringing his or her own unique experience to help shape and mold the community we have come to develop. These advisors showcase a wealth of knowledge and are a large part of why the Lehigh Greek community is one of the best, if not the best and most innovative Greek community in the nation. The programming that the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) develops for the Greek students is not only designed to educated, but also inspire and encourage every student involved. Throughout your time as a Lehigh Greek, you will encounter countless opportunities to lead and progress as an individual.  

Greek Life at Lehigh is the perfect complement to the well known, world-class education that we are fortunate enough to receive. Going Greek at Lehigh allows you to grow academically, socially, and personally. You are provided the chance to flourish as a leader and mature as an adult. Furthermore, it is essential to understand that in order to thrive and make the most of your time as a Greek at Lehigh, you will need to work and actively engage in the community. In other words “you only get what you put in.” You will have the opportunity to craft your experience based on the chapter or organization that shares your similar values and that you ultimately will join. The brotherhood you will experience and the relationships you create are absolutely unparalleled. Your involvement in Greek life is rewarded with not a four year bond, but rather a life-long bond not only with your fraternity brothers at Lehigh, but also nationally with your respective organization.

Joining a Greek organization can be one of the biggest and most influential decisions you’ve made in your life up to this point. I encourage you to research, ask questions, and truly determine if going Greek is the best decision for you. It is also crucial that you find the right organization to join. On a comforting note, feel free to reach out to me personally (ksd317@lehigh.edu), my executive board, or to anyone in the OFSA regarding any questions you may have. We’d be more than happy to answer them and we look forward to talking with you.

Welcome to Lehigh and welcome to our Greek community!

Kyle Durics
Lehigh University Interfraternity Council President
 

Cultural Greek Council (CGC)

Website: https://lehighmgc.wordpress.com/

Welcome all to Lehigh’s Greek Community! Thank you so much for stopping by and I want to extend a warm welcome to all parents, families, students, alumni, and more! My name is Kristen Mejia and I am this year’s Cultural Greek Council President. The Cultural Greek Council was established at Lehigh University in the spring of 2009 in order to cater to the organizational needs of the culturally­ based chapters actively in existence on campus. The current chapters represented in the council are Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc., Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

As a council and as individual chapters, we strive to live out our learned values every day. Whether that is through events we host on campus, through our new member processes, our extracurricular activities or even our own personal lives, each of us fully believes in and lives through those learned values. Though we may have all joined different organizations, there is a common bond between us all; we give the multicultural community on campus a voice, as well as fight and speak out against social injustices that plague our society and our campus. As students who represent and come from many different backgrounds, we know what it means to be a minority and what it means to be part of the oppressed. As a result, our organizations were founded on campuses all over the country to allow for these groups to create sister and brotherhoods that support and fight for one another. Though none of our chapters have been founded on Lehigh’s campus, we each fully believe in our own purposes and missions and strive to live lives that our founders would be proud of.

Not only do we create safe spaces and communities on Lehigh’s campus, but we also provide amazing environments for personal and professional growth. Our organizations stress academic excellence and professional growth, thus we utilize our alumni networks, as well as our Greek network, to connect to those in fields we may be interested in. The women and men within our own organizations and within our council that may be within the same field of study or line of work are not only present in our lives as support systems, but they are also mentors, teachers, future employers, and most importantly, friends and family. Joining an MGC organization expands your network of people in ways that one would not be able to get without their organization.

Each of us is aware that we did not come to Lehigh to join our organizations; we are attending Lehigh to earn degrees that we worked hard for and are proud of. Joining our organizations is a privilege that we hold in high regard and because of this, we know that the work we do on campus and within our community is extremely important. The relationships that we create with sisters and brothers from our campus, surrounding campuses and nationally will be with us for the rest of our lives.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this introduction to Cultural Greek life on Lehigh’s campus. If you have any questions, comments, or simply want to say hi, my email is kmm417@lehigh.edu.  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the yard! 

Sincerely,

Kristen Mejia

Cultural Greek Council President

Panhellenic Council

Website: https://lehighpanhel.squarespace.com/

Welcome to Lehigh University Greek Life! My name is Margaret Burnett and I am the Panhellenic Council President for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am proud to represent the nine wonderful Panhellenic sororities on Lehigh’s campus.

Joining a sorority at Lehigh means expanding your world and adding a unique dimension to the Lehigh experience. Our chapters strive everyday to make our campus a better place whether that be through working with other student organizations, serving the local Bethlehem community or raising money for their individual philanthropies.

The Panhellenic community is comprised of nine unique chapters that all strive for excellence. No matter who you are there is a sisterhood that will welcome you with open arms and help you to be your very best. Going Greek gives you the opportunity to grow academically, socially and personally.  Join the Panhellenic community and you will find countless opportunities to become a leader, academic support, service opportunities and a sisterhood that will last a lifetime.

My experience with Greek life has truly defined my Lehigh experience and afforded me countless invaluable opportunities. Please feel free to reach out to me (mab217@lehigh.edu), my executive board or any of the OFSA staff with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Margaret Burnett

Lehigh University Panhellenic Council President