Interfraternity Council (IFC)
Cultural Greek Council (CGC)
Hello students, family, and friends!
Welcome to Greek Life at Lehigh University. My name is Mariah Lopez and I am the Cultural Greek Council President for the 2020-2021 academic year. Here at Lehigh, there are three organizations that make up our Cultural Greek Community: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., & Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. Each of these chapters work hard to impact our community in a positive and beautiful way. I am ecstatic to be able to represent this honorable group of students!
Despite the negative portrayal of Greek Life in the media, my council does not fit into any of these stereotypes. Our council prides ourselves on our unique qualities compared to other organizations on our campus. Each of these cultural organizations were founded in response to racial segregation and to support the increase in the enrollment of students of underrepresented backgrounds into institutions of higher education. The goals of the council include: the empowerment of individuals of color, service in the community (that goes beyond simply philanthropy), campus and community activism, providing a platform for students of color to voice their thoughts (especially when injustices occur), and to emphasize cultural awareness across campus. The three shared underlying goals that exist within the mission statements of all of the cultural fraternities and sororities in the council include: unity, academic excellence, and service. It is these three missions that tie our organizations together. Some of our shared traditions include stepping, strolling, and saluting, which are all displayed at our most popular event—the biannual Yard Show.
The Cultural Greek Council is comprised of intelligent, diverse, and driven members of the Lehigh community that encourage each other to branch further to something larger than just our respective organizations. It is with great pride that I mention our members are presidents and executive board members of other clubs, such as: Latinx Student Alliance and Circle of Sisters. This is just to name a few of the many organizations our members are a part of. Joining a Greek organization opens doors to more opportunities of networking, leading to personal and professional growth. As a Greek member, our organizations provide valuable resources that lead to special opportunities for leadership roles and more. Beyond the professional standpoint, we provide a brotherhood/sisterhood and a long-lasting friendship and support group.
My Lehigh experience has been forever changed in an amazing way due to the fellow members of my own chapter and my council as a whole. I speak on behalf of my entire council when I say that the endless support I have received is something I wish all incoming Lehigh students can experience as well. Going Greek is a big decision and I encourage you all to research and ask questions to make a decision that best fits you. Finding the organization that is a perfect fit is crucial and I'd like to offer my help if needed. Please feel free to reach out to me (email@example.com), my executive board, or to Lehigh's OFSA with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to Lehigh and welcome to Greek Life!
Cultural Greek Council President
On behalf of our 8 Panhellenic sororities, I’d like to welcome you to the Lehigh Panhellenic Community. My name is Julia Voelzke and I am the Panhellenic President for the 2020-2021 school year. My hope is to help you catch a glimpse of our wonderful and unique Panhellenic Community, and what Greek life at Lehigh is like!
It is such an honor to serve as the leader of one of the largest groups of women on campus. With my position, I carry a great deal of responsibility to help our Greek community adapt to the changing, and mostly unprecedented, times. This year, our Executive Board is seeking to implement new initiatives within the Greek community, the Lehigh community and greater South Bethlehem community. Our most recent addition to the Panhellenic Executive Board is our Vice President of Access and Advocacy. Kerry Shamnoski, the second person to fill this position, is ready to help us make our wishes a reality. This role seeks to provide education to our Chapters and the entire Greek community about how we can best serve and make Greek life more accessible to under-represented populations, such as people of color and/or those who identify as LGTBQIA+. Kerry, and our entire Executive Board, are committed to making a difference in our community and if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding this role and the initiatives it encompasses, please feel free to contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Panhellenic Council, we work to foster a community of intelligent, sympathetic young women and help each other make the most of our time at Lehigh. All of our members make up an inspiring, diverse and driven group of people who are connected through something larger than just their individual chapters. Being in a sorority is about more than just the letters we wear; a vast majority of our members are involved in at least one other organization on campus. You can find the names of Panhellenic women pop up playing on the Lehigh Athletics Teams, serving on the Undergraduate Senate, writing for the Brown & White, participating in Peer Health Mentors, performing in Lehigh’s Musical Groups -- and so much more!
An investment in sorority membership provides academic support, relationships, career networking, leadership experiences, philanthropy opportunities, and the benefits of lifelong affiliation. We strive each and every day to be a community that young women will want to join, and we aspire to grow and evolve with each new member that we gain. If you choose to Go Greek, you aren’t just joining a chapter, you’re joining an entire community - one that lifts up its members and holds themselves and their peers to a higher standard academically, socially and professionally.
Through my time in Lehigh Greek life, I have met so many amazing people, from all majors and club involvements, who I would have otherwise never had the chance to meet. The Panhellenic women at Lehigh, both in and out of my own organization, have made joining a sorority the most rewarding decision of my college career. I am so appreciative of everything our Panhellenic Community has given me and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be able to give something back in return.
Feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at email@example.com. I am so optimistic about the year to come and I hope you are too!
Lehigh University Panhellenic Council President