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Interfraternity Council (IFC)

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Website: http://www.ifclehigh.com/

Whether you are a parent, prospective student, or current student on campus, I would personally like to welcome you to the Lehigh Greek community. My name is Ian Davis and I am the Interfraternity Council president for the 2017-2018 academic year. Lehigh University is proud to have one of the strongest Greek communities in the nation, and the 15 IFC chapters here at Lehigh play an important role in creating both growth and positive change, year after year.

The students in our Greek community are passionate, driven, and motivated to succeed. Though Greek life is often portrayed negatively through national and social media, the members of our community work hard to break common perceptions of what Greek life looks like on the typical college campus. Concerns such as a balance between academics and a social life are certainly valid for any college student. However, time and again we have seen how affiliation with a Greek organization helps students to not only align their priorities, but work harder to achieve their goals, as well. 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. Put simply, joining a Greek organization at Lehigh is a commitment to bettering oneself and the surrounding community.

As we have seen across the nation, a driven group of students without an established purpose or direction has, over time, proven to be ineffective, and in some cases, detrimental to the campus climate. However, 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 all students, from freshmen to seniors. Our talented advisors come from diverse backgrounds, each bringing his or her unique experience to help shape and mold our dynamic community. These advisors showcase a wealth of knowledge and are a significant reason as to why the Lehigh Greek community is one of the most innovative Greek communities in the nation. The programming that the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) develops for the Greek students is not only designed to educate, but is meant to inspire and encourage positive change. Throughout your time as a Lehigh Greek, you will encounter countless opportunities to progress as an individual while also helping to better our community.  

Greek Life at Lehigh is the perfect complement to the highly regarded education that we are fortunate enough to receive. Going Greek allows you to grow academically, socially, and personally. You are provided the chance to flourish as a leader and mature as an adult while building relationships that are absolutely unparalleled. Your involvement in Greek life is rewarded with not a four-year bond, but rather a life-long bond with your fraternity brothers at Lehigh as well as the many other members of your national organization.

Undoubtedly, joining a Greek organization can be one of the biggest and most influential decisions that you’ll have been faced with in your life up to this point. I encourage you to research, ask questions, and think critically as to whether or not going Greek is the right decision for you. It is also crucial that you find the right organization to join. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally (imd218@lehigh.edu), my executive board, or to anyone in the OFSA regarding any questions that you may have. We’d be more than happy to answer them and we look forward to speaking with you.

Welcome to Lehigh and welcome to our Greek community!

Sincerely,

Ian Davis

Lehigh University Interfraternity Council President

 

Cultural Greek Council (CGC)

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

I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone visiting the Lehigh Greek Community. Thank you to all of the parents, families, friends, students, alumni and more who have taken time out of their day to come. My name is Djenne Dickens and I am the Cultural Greek Council president for the 2017-2018 academic school year. This council was established on Lehigh’s campus in 2009 and currently has five chapters represented. These chapters include 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.

Lehigh is full of a vibrant Greek culture that makes space for a variety of students with different interests. As culturally based organizations, members of CGC strive to create spaces where people of color feel like their voices are being heard amidst a tumultuous social and political climate. We plan events that help students express their identities, moderate discussions for students to share ideas for a more inclusive campus, and serve as a support system for students who have had some part of their identity oppressed in some way. The members of our organizations are passionate about what they believe in, and are striving to better themselves individually, whether it is through extracurricular activities, academics, or community service. Additionally, our members have strong pride in our organizations and continuously look for ways to strengthen our chapters.

The Cultural Greek Council prides itself on academic excellence and serving its community. The member organizations of this council have been founded at schools across the nation in response to social injustices that minorities in America have faced. Though each organization was founded on different grounds, we are united by our common commitment towards the multicultural community at large. Though we stem from different backgrounds, we seek equity for our friends, family, neighbors, members, professors, employers, and all other people within our community. We value human rights and we fight for them.

Through our new member orientation process, we seek to help passionate individuals develop into strong and independent leaders. Personal and professional growth is encouraged and fostered for each individual. Due to the extensive alumni networks within our own organizations, as well as our connections to the larger Greek community, new members can find mentors who can help them achieve their professional goals. In turn, these members will likely serve as mentors in the future, creating a cycle of positive growth within our community.

Being members of our organizations is an incredible privilege. We are all here at Lehigh University to pursue our education first, and graduate with our degrees. Even so, council members have chosen to join CGC because they believed that it would enhance their collegiate and professional livelihoods. We hold this privilege in high regard and know that our role within the community is extremely important.

Joining a Greek organization is hard work, but in my opinion, it’s worth it if you find an organization that fits you. It can grant you many opportunities that may not have appeared otherwise. I’d like to sincerely thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this introduction into Cultural Greek life on Lehigh’s campus. If you have any further questions, or would simply like to get to know some cultural Greeks, feel free to reach out to me at ldd218@lehigh.edu or the other members of the executive board. Also, please feel free to reach out to any of the OFSA staff. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Djenne Dickens
Lehigh University Cultural Greek President
 

Panhellenic Council

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

Hello and welcome to Lehigh Fraternity and Sorority Life! My name is Molly Bankuti and I am the Panhellenic Council President for the 2017-2018 school year.  We have nine Panhellenic sororities on campus, each of which contributes to our community in their own unique and positive way.  I could not be more proud to represent the largest organization of women on Lehigh’s campus.

Looking forward on the 2017-2018 school year, I am excited to see the positive impact the Panhellenic council will have on our members, our campus community, and in the greater community.

Joining a Greek chapter creates so many opportunities for personal growth on campus, and on a professional level.  Greek members gain access to invaluable resources and networks of people, additional leadership roles and opportunities, and experiences you otherwise never would have been a part of.  If you choose to go Greek, you aren’t just joining a chapter, you’re joining a community; one that looks to help others find success and to hold each and every member to a higher standard.  With three distinct Greek councils comprised of 29 chapters, every one can find a place that celebrates the same values and that welcomes them with open arms.

Sincerely,
 
Molly Bankuti
Lehigh University Panhellenic Council President