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The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is part of Greek life at the Georgia Institute of Technology and consists of seven Greek organizations: Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Alpha Iota Omicron, Lambda Theta Alpha, Sigma Sigma Rho, Sigma Beta Rho, Delta Phi Lambda, and Xi Kappa. The MGC was established at Georgia Tech on March 8, 2006. Four of these organizations are fraternities, while the other three are sororities. The organizations have predominantly Asian, South Asian, and Latino backgrounds. Every year,the MGC Executive Board hosts the MGC Banquet, which recognizes individuals as well as organizations that are a part of the MGC. These individuals have contributed much to the Council and to the Georgia Tech Community. Also hosted every year by the MGC is the MGC Barbeque, which is open to all students who are interested in learning about the various organizations in the MGC. Throughout the year, many of the organizations host mixers, which are events that combine two organizations.[1]

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Lambda Upsilon Lambda

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. (Greek: ΛΥΛ, commonly known as LUL) is a Latino based fraternity that contains 75 chapters at undergraduate colleges and universities throughout the nation, including all members of the Ivy League schools. [2] The Alpha Sigma Colony was founded at Georgia Tech in fall of 2004 by Michael Boyce and Orlando Carreon. Throughout the year, Lambda Upsilon Lambda participates in many activities, a few of these being: LUL Southern Comfort Camping Trip (an annual event), CS tutoring sessions, and discussion forums. [3] In March of 2008, the fraternity hosted a discussion forum dedicated to various cultural issues at Tech. A major topic discussed was the hardship of balancing students’ ethnic cultures with today’s American culture. Lambda Upsilon Lambda's discussion forum was able to bring together a plethora of students who, to their surprise, shared many of the same experiences which strengthened the bonds between them. The organization achieved much success with their discussion. [4] The colors of the fraternity are brown, gold, red, and white. Their motto is, “La Unidad Para Siempre.” [5]

Alpha Iota Omicron

Alpha Iota Omicron Fraternity Inc. (Greek: AIO) has four chapters nationwide. [6] This organization was the first South Asian Interest Fraternity to be founded at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was granted as the Gamma chapter of Alpha Iota Omicron Fraternity, incorporated on January 21, 2005. Every year, the brothers of AIO work together in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to host the India Run for Hope. This event brings awareness to the growing cancer rates in the United States and India. [7] [8] The first India Run for Hope took place at Georgia Tech on August 26, 2006. [9] The colors of Alpha Iota Omicron are black, blue, and silver. Their motto is “The Sky is the Limit.” [10] Their four main principles are: Brotherhood, Networking, Community Service, and South Asian Culture. [11]

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Inc. (Greek: ΛΘA, commonly known as LTA) is a Latina based sorority that has more than 70 undergraduate chapters nationwide. This organization was established at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Gamma Omega chapter in April 2005 [12] by 5 founding sisters: Jillian Mazzariello, Michelle Marten, Andrea Trillo, Marian Alicea, and Judianne Medina. [13] The sorority has engaged in numerous community service activities (and continues to do so). A few of their community service projects include: Aids Walk, Partnership Walk, Relay for Life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, and Run-N-Hide. [14] The sorority colors are burgundy and grey. Their motto is, “Latin by Tradition, Not by Definition.” [15]

Sigma Sigma Rho

Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Greek: ∑∑Ρ, commonly known as Sig Sig Rho) is a South Asian based sorority that was established as a colony at Georgia Tech on September 10, 2005 by Diya Purohit and Meeta Kasan. The organization was originally established by ten women at St. John's University on December 10, 1998. [16] [17] For the first time in 2009, the sorority co-hosted Georgia Tech Confused Desi, an informational event to help South Asian students get accustomed to college life. [18] During the year, the organization participates in various community service activities, including but not limited to: Gandhi Day, India Run for Hope, and Partnership Walk. The colors of the sorority are blue, black, and silver. The sorority strives on the values of Sisterhood, Society, and Remembrance. [19] The motto of Sigma Sigma Rho is “Mann, Atman, Dharam, Together they are one... We will not fall, forever we are one.”

Sigma Beta Rho

Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Inc. (Greek: ∑BΡ, commonly known as Sig Rho) is a multicultural fraternity that has 38 chapters and colonies nationwide. The Georgia Tech Colony was founded on April 2, 2005 [20] by the following brothers: Hiren Champaneria, Jiten Patel, Owais Maya, Darshin Patel, Sanil Patel, Bhavik Trivedi, Kaustubh Bhardwaj , Akshay Chander, Nikul Patel, Nemish Patel, Chathruckan Rajendra, and Krishna Desai. [21] The fraternity was officially chartered at Georgia Tech on February 2, 2007. Throughout its five years at Georgia Tech, Sigma Beta Rho has tripled in size. Sigma Beta Rho achieved chapter status on July 12, 2009. The organization has participated in more than 500 hours of community service, and hosts a back to school party every year. [22] In 2009, Sigma Beta Rho hosted All in for Haiti, a casino night that was held in the Student Center Ballroom to raise money for the earthquake victims from Haiti. Each person who attended was charged a $5 entry fee. By the end of the night, Sigma Beta Rho had raised more than $500 to send to Haiti. The organization hopes to make this a yearly event to help different causes around the world. [23] The chapter president is currently Sanchit Ladha. [24] The colors of the fraternity are red, black and green. The motto of Sigma Beta Rho is, “Brotherhood Beyond All Barriers.” [25]

Delta Phi Lambda

Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. (Greek: ΔΦΛ, commonly known as DPhiL) is an Asian based sorority that was established at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the tenth chapter in the nation (out of eleven) on March 25, 2007 [26] by Hsuan Chen and Lillian Van, who were then sophomores. [27] In March of 2008, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. hosted Georgia Tech’s first annual Night of Diversity. This event was held to commemorate the first year of their charter in the Multicultural Greek Council. Delta Phi Lambda chose to have a Night of Diversity rather than having an event specifically about themselves because as a whole, the organization thought that such an event would be a represent the importance of diversity to the Georgia Tech campus. Various other MGC organizations took part in Night of Diversity, such as Sigma Sigma Rho and Sigma Beta Rho. [28] The predominant interest of the Delta Phi Lambda chapter at Georgia Tech is Ladies United in Multicultural Awareness (commonly known as LUMA). The sorority colors are navy blue and silver. Their motto is “Let our light shine forth.” [29]

Xi Kappa

Xi Kappa Fraternity, Inc. (Greek: ΞΚ) is an Asian based fraternity that was founded as Beta Chapter at Georgia Tech in 2001. [30] The fraternity was officially chartered in March of 2008. An important part of Xi Kappa history is the Xi Kappa Order, which went into effect after several brothers decided to separate from the already existing brotherhood to form their own organization. The remaining brothers continued to stick together and this ground of people are now recognized as the Xi Kappa Order. Xi Kappa hosts mixers throughout the year with Delta Phi Lambda. Xi Kappa also participates in many philanthropic events, such as AIDS Walk and Relay for Life. The colors of the fraternity are royal blue and gold. Their motto is “Men of Excellence.” [31]

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