New year, new chapters from IUPUI Fraternity and Sorority Life

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With new fraternity and sorority chapters, IUPUI now offers more opportunities for leadership, networking, scholarship and support. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

If you're looking to write a fresh story at IUPUI this year, Fraternity and Sorority Life has a few new chapters for you. Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural sorority, and the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi are your latest Greek opportunities on campus.

Sigma Psi Zeta

One of Sigma Psi Zeta's greatest strengths might be that it's rooted in its members' passions. Originally an interest group known as Sisters Bonded Together as One, it is an official partner of the It's On Us initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses. The group officially earned its Sigma Psi Zeta, Inc. charter in April, inducting 11 founding members that same month.

As one of IUPUI's multicultural Greek organizations, Sigma Psi Zeta supports women of color and of Asian heritage, making the chapter an especially good option for those looking for a more diverse experience on campus.

"If you're looking for a certain population when coming to IUPUI, Sigma Psi Zeta might be one that is attractive to you," Chris Hager, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said. "But you don't have to be Asian. Anybody can join the organization. If that's where you feel your heritage is or who you associate with, that's a good way to get involved. They offer a unique, diverse experience in their organization that a lot of other chapters can't offer.

"Plus, Greek life is a great way to be exposed to other organizations. A lot of our members are part of other organizations, so it's a way to quickly meet people and have friends."

Pi Kappa Phi

After a nearly 20-year break, Pi Kappa Phi is back on campus with strong support from IUPUI, its national headquarters and its alumni. What sets this fraternity apart? Service.

Pi Kappa Phi is the only Greek organization to develop and maintain its own national philanthropy: The Ability Experience. Pi Kappa Phi has raised more than $15 million nationwide for The Ability Experience in support of individuals with disabilities. Perhaps one its most popular national fundraising and awareness efforts is Journey of Hope, an annual bicycle ride from the West Coast to Washington, D.C.

"They have a lot of pride in their philanthropy. If you're really into service and philanthropy, they have that national program that, to them, is a hallmark for their organization," Hager said. "You can walk into any Pi Kappa Phi in the nation and ask about The Ability Experience, and they're all going to say how they contribute to it and how much they alone have contributed to that philanthropy for their organization."

Multicultural growth

Sigma Psi Zeta is IUPUI's newest multicultural organization, joining the Gamma Phi Omega Latina sorority and Lambda Upsilon Lambda Latino fraternity. Plans are in motion to continue increasing those groups.

"We have another interest group starting, called Empowering Women. They will become Sigma Lambda Upsilon, a Latina sorority," Hager said. "Our goal in the next year is to eventually bring on another multicultural fraternity. Then we'll have enough to start a multicultural Greek council. We're excited about that."

Start your story

This is your chance to join Sigma Psi Zeta, Pi Kappa Phi or any of the other 20 Greek chapters at IUPUI. Not only will you be part of vibrant organizations that impact campus and communities nationwide, but you'll also benefit from leadership and networking opportunities and thrive under their system of scholarship and support. It's time to get started:

  • Decide what kind of experience you want. What are your personal values, and how will they match up with a Greek chapter's? What types of philanthropies are you interested in? How big of an organization would you like to get involved with? "Do you want to be part of an organization that has a lot of chapters in the state, or do you want to be part of an organization that is smaller nationally so that you can make a bigger impact individually through that experience?" Hager said.
  • Visit the Division of Student Affairs website to see what fraternities and sororities are offered. Then check out which of those groups will provide the type of experience you identified in step one.
  • Attend Fraternity and Sorority Life events on campus or a mixer hosted by a chapter. Meet the other students already involved and ask questions to make sure you're a good fit for each other. Don't forget to follow the chapters on social media to get updates about events and key recruitment and intake dates.