Getting Involved in Sorority and Fraternity Life
For almost 40 years, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has offered 19 Greek Life organizations on campus. The first fraternity established was Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 1971.
Fraternities and sororities participate in service opportunities that are mission-based or support their philanthropy, such as working at a soup kitchen, raising money for breast cancer education and awareness, reading books to elementary school children and hosting events that raise awareness for a special cause.
“The community receives a helping hand regarding road side clean up or an impact on students in schools,” Kappa Alpha Psi member Caleb McMillian said. “We also get the chance to inform communities about the good things Greek Life is about such as being a mentor.”
Joining a Greek organization gives students leadership experience while in their chapter and a chance at future job options. Job opportunities that could come from Greek life are being an adviser and working in public relations at their headquarters.
“I look forward to the possible job opportunity of working at the headquarters of my fraternity,” president of Alpha Sigma Phi Duncan Younger said. “Being president of my organization has prepared me and given me a lot of responsibility for the future.”
Another outcome of joining a Greek organization is the friendship and bond people create with the members in their chapter. It allows them to have a constant group of people to support and encourage them throughout their college years.
“I love the bond it has given me with the women who have the same mindset of scholarship, service, and sisterhood,” Delta Sigma Theta member Diamond Whitted said. “I have some of the best people to be a part of my life and for a lifetime.”
The effects of joining a fraternity or sorority does not end after graduation. There are alumni chapters in several communities for most organizations. These alumni chapters also do service work, plan events and continue to pursue the values of their organization.
“I thought my involvement within my chapter was over until I joined the alumni chapter in my area. I was so thankful I could still be a part of the sisterhood and continue to raise money for our philanthropy! When they say, ‘it is not four years, it is for life ‘they are telling the truth,” said Shania Dotson, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha's alumni chapter.