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Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the "Jewels" of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the "first of firsts," Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.
Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΑΚΑ) is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913.
Consisting of college-educated women of many diverse backgrounds from around the world, including, but not limited to, African, Caucasian, Asian, Native American, Hispanic and Indian descent, the sorority serves through a membership of more than 250,000 women in over 900 chapters in the United States and several other countries. Women may join through undergraduate chapters at a college or university or they may also join through a graduate chapter after acquiring an undergraduate or advanced college degree.
After the organization's establishment over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs. Members have improved education through independent initiatives, contributed to community-building by creating programs and associations, such as the Mississippi Health Clinic, and influenced federal legislation by Congressional lobbying through the National Non-Partisan Lobby on Civil and Democratic Rights. The sorority works with communities through service initiatives and progressive programs relating to education, family, health, and business.
The Conquerors are a Christian organization designed to spread the word of the Lord to the campus community and beyond through events.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust:
The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
The organizational structure and governance of the Sorority is invested in the Grand Chapter, which meets in National Convention biennially. Regional Conferences are held in the seven geographic regions of the organization during non-convention years. In the interim, the Executive Board, consisting of elected and appointed members, acts to establish and implement policies, as needed. A paid professional staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, operates the National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C.
The Garret Players pride themselves on putting together fantastic performances each year. The students involved with the group work hard for the majority of each semester to show off their acting skills in shows such as Back Story and Fame. Be sure to catch their next show, either in November or April!
On September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), 12 students founded what is now the nation's fifth largest, predominately African-American social service fraternity: The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated.
The Honorable founders of Iota Phi Theta® were: Albert Hicks, Lonnie Spruill, Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey, Jr., and Michael Williams. Based upon their ages, heightened responsibilities, and increased level of maturity, this group had a slightly different perspective than the norm for college students. It was this perspective from which they established the Fraternity's purpose, "The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men." Additionally, they conceived the Fraternity's motto, "Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!"
Today, Iota Phi Theta consists of over 250 chapters located in 40 States, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Korea. The scope of the organization extends throughout the nation, from California to New York; from Wyoming to Florida; and from Wisconsin to The Bahamas Islands.
The Nu Tau chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated is committed not only to excellence and achievement in every field of human endeavor but sharing these qualities with everyone around them, so that as a whole, our people can reach a new hierarchy of progression in the Western Mass community and beyond. Some of our national initiatives are our Guide Right program, Kappa League and an ongoing partnership with St. Judes.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was a dream solidified by our illustrious 10 founders on January 5th, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington.
The vision and constitution of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is dedicated to the principles of achievement in all human endeavors.
In the Fall of 1988 there were 16 distinguished womyn, who sought to create an esteemed organization at Montclair College, (now known as Montclair State University) These womyn wanted to create a unique, and priceless sisterhood that would heighten their college experience, by giving the opportunity to empower, educate, and support womyn of all races, creeds and colors. Multiculturalism, Independence, and Children were only some of the main goals that these dynamic womyn knew must be entities within their organization. Not only were these womyn concerned with the likelihood of Latina, African-American, Caucasian, and Asian womyn but also with the future generations of our world....The Children.
After many nights of struggle, laughter, tears, and fears the 16 womyn from across the globe formed the organization known today as Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.
The overall membership of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. reflects diversity; we are a myriad of ethnic, political and religious backgrounds. With the belief in mind that education equals womyn's empowerment, we were founded on superior scholarship and we vow to advance our academic ideals at every college and university that we may reach.
Our sisterhood also serves as a common social ground that encourages close friendships among our sisters, other respective Greeks and the community. And in carrying out that purpose of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority Inc., we inspire Sisters to live our motto, "EXCELLENCE THROUGH UNITY, KNOWLEDGE AND DEDICATION."
The Latin American Student Organization is a group of students that promote the Latin American culture to the American International Community.
The Lion's Club is a community service organization that strives to raise money for charitable organizations including MassEye Research and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They also perform a variety of community service programs throughout the community including helping the elderly.
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United States that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an organ (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were three Howard University undergraduates, -- Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just.
From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal Principles. On November 23, 1911 in Thirkield Hall, Love became the first Grand Basileus (National President). Cooper and Coleman were selected to be the Grand Keeper of the Records (National Secretary) and Grand Keeper of Seals (National Treasurer), respectively. Eleven Howard University undergraduate men were selected to be the charter members.
Alpha Chapter was organized with fourteen charter members on December 15, 1911. Love, Cooper and Coleman were elected the chapter's first Basileus, Keeper of Records, and Keeper of Seals, respectively.
The members of the Outdoor Club are a group of students that love to be one with nature. They hold events each year such as hiking, white water rafting, and the annual ski trip to Killington, Vermont.
The Pep Band at American International College is a group of talented musicians dedicated to getting the crowd and the team amped up. You can find them on the American International College sidelines during each home game!
On January 9, 1914, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC. by three young African-American male students: Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown. These brothers wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged on his own merits rather than his family background or affluence...without regard of race, nationality, color, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as a part of an even greater brotherhood-sisterhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we".
From its inception, the founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, the founders of Phi Beta Sigma held the deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the fraternity motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity".
Non-profit organization educating people on concepts like market economics, entrepreneurship, and business ethics through educational outreach projects.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was incorporated within the state of Indiana in December 1922 and as a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, at which time a charter was granted and the Alpha chapter was established.
The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities.
Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities which comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), to be established at a predominantly white campus. Sigma Gamma Rho also supports two affiliates: the RHOERS, a group of young women, and PHILOS, women who are friends of the sorority.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has over 100,000 members with more than 500 undergraduate and alumnae chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Canada, Africa and Korea.
Through the Student Activities Chairperson, the committee assists through the planning and implementing of the majority of on-campus events from Wacky Wednesdays to large scale events like the Talent Show, the committee can be seen doing work all over campus.
Student Government Association (SGA) works to promote the general welfare of the Student Body and the College as a whole with respect to the academic and social activities and all other matters that are referred to the SGA by the College Administration, by the faculty, or members of the Student Body.
Theta Chi was founded as the Theta Chi Society on April 10, 1856, at Norwich University, by two military cadets: Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase.
Freeman and Chase met in Freeman's room of the University's Old South Barracks, and after taking oaths and declaring each other "true and accepted members" of the Society, Chase was elected President and Freeman was elected Secretary. The next evening, Freeman and Chase initiated two more cadets: Edward Bancroft Williston and Lorenzo Potter.
Although Theta Chi is regarded as Norwich's first fraternity, it is believed that Freeman and Chase may also have been members of a secret society called The Regulators prior to founding Theta Chi. However, whether there was any connection between the Regulators and Theta Chi is still open for debate today.
From the very beginning, Theta Chi's founders intended for the Fraternity to be national in scope. However, Theta Chi existed as a single chapter for nearly 50 years due to the conservative nature of the brothers at Norwich. On December 13, 1902, that trend finally reversed with the installation of Beta Chapter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Spearheaded by Brother Park V. Perkins, Theta Chi's arrival at MIT launched a new era for the Fraternity.
The early 1900s was a period of rapid expansion. Although hindered by the Great Depression and two world wars, Theta Chi grew and prospered in ways far beyond what even its founders had envisioned. At the 75th Anniversary Convention in 1931, the Fraternity erected a granite monument with a bronze plaque in Norwich, Vermont, to commemorate its founding.
The Illustrious organization of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920. On the campus of Howard University, in Washington D.C. It was within the Great Depression Era that five coeds envisioned a sorority which would directly affect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular.Our five lovely pearls, Arizona Cleaver Stemmons, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal, paved the way. Overtime, the organization trailblazed through many first accomplishments. It was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, the first to establish auxiliary groups; the first to charter a chapter in Monrovia Liberia; and are the first and only Sorority to be constitutionally bonded to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorported.
Our founding principals our Scholarship, Service, Finer Womanhood, and Sisterly Love [Sisterhood]. We believe in and practice being a community conscious action-oriented organization. Our sorority colors are royal blue and white. The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through volunteer services from members and its auxiliaries. Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters worldwide and has a membership of 100,000+. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change. As the sorority moves toward its centennial, it retains its original zest for excellence. It espouses the highest academic ideals and that has resulted in its members serving in groundbreaking roles in all fields of endeavor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is poised for perpetual service to mankind into her second century and beyond.
The Beta Pi Chapter was chartered on April 10, 1995 by the extraordinary work of our seven charter members. Umass Amherst, is our home base school. In Fall 2009 the Beta Pi chapter expanded as a metropolitan chapter at Smith College and American International College. If you are interested in learning more information about us, we encourage you to come to our programs on a campus near you, or review the national website.