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Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council is the governing body for the Multicultural, Black, and Latino/Latina Fraternities and Sororities. Member chapters are generally members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, or independently governed. The primary purpose and focus of member organizations is community awareness and action through educational, economic, cultural, and service activities.

Multicultural Greek Council Chapters:

Alpha Phi Alpha

The first intercollegiate fraternity in the United States established for men of African descent, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood between African Americans. 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 at Cornell. During those beginning days, the Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity worked to lay a solid foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity.

In 1983, the need for that form of social and academic contact was again desired by a group of eight men. These men went on to pledge through the graduate chapter in Albany, NY. By doing so, they established Union College's first black fraternity.

Phi Iota Alpha

Phi Iota Alpha was founded on December 26, 1931 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In it's seventh chapter, Eta Chapter, was established at Union College in May of 1991 with the purposes of: creating an environment in which everyone could maintain, share and promote their cultures, advance multiculturalism in the college community, and create a respectful and supportive atmosphere for the future generations of Latino students, and students of color in general.

Omega Phi Beta

Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (OPBSI) is a national sorority committed to the development of collegiate and professional women through sisterhood, diversity, leadership, service and academic excellence. As a national organization, OPBSI promotes the unity of all cultures and works towards the advancement of women in professional, academic, political and social arenas. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated envisions a world without oppression, where every woman and girl is able to live a life free of violence and is empowered to act as resources in the advancement of their communities.

Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus, in their community, to the nation, and to the organization. With more than 400,000 members on over 375 campuses, Alpha Phi Omega continues to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization.