Who We Are
Our mission in Sorority and Fraternity Life is to shape a values-based sorority and fraternity experience. We cultivate educational and leadership development, in collaboration with individuals and organizations, to foster a culturally conscious, safe, and responsible community contributing to a positive sisterhood, brotherhood and siblinghood.
What We're Fundraising For
Sorority and Fraternity Life is fundraising to provide leadership opportunities for students through these initiatives:
Virtual Student Conference Attendance: The value of experiencing leadership conferences at a national scale is a rare opportunity that can be very costly and a strong barrier for student attendance. By donating to this initiative, our office would be able to support students attendance to these virtual events and programs and allow them to gain a broader perspective on their membership in this larger fraternal community.
Virtual Campus Presentations and Workshops: To provide more education on our culturally based community to the UT campus, we propose virtually hosting a national speaker to provide an educational and engaging presentation entitled: “All We Do is Step, Stroll and Hop? What is a Black & Multicultural Greek Organization?” Additionally, a workshop that would benefit our Culturally Based Fraternal Organizations would be partnering with Phired Up to offer their organizational growth strategy and coaching services to assist our students with recruitment of members as well as sustain relevancy on predominately white institutions.
Marketing Initiatives: WYLW or Where Your Letters Wednesdays is a campaign to increase visibility and awareness of SFL community organizations. This initiative would encourage UT students, faculty and staff to wear their organization letters, colors or paraphernalia on the first Wednesday of each month. This is a fun way for the larger UT community to become aware of the different fraternal organizations that exist within our community
This past February, Sorority and Fraternity Life supported a representative from the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and three from our Latino Pan-Hellenic Council to attend the 2020 Black + Multicultural Greek Empowerment Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Our students enjoyed this conference so much! Here’s what they had to say:
“Attending a conference solely meant for Multicultural Greeks and listening to the speakers there made me feel seen for the first time and it made me feel like my experiences were valid. It made me feel like I was not alone through what me and my community were experiencing.”
“Having someone who shares our similar experiences and has a similar background come share wisdom and their experiences will empower us to continue to succeed in these spaces and to feel like it is okay to seek answers to questions we don’t know.”
“After attending the conference, I felt inspired and motivated to bring more attention to culturally based organizations” “I feel as like inviting these speakers and giving more opportunities to attend conferences will create an environment of inclusivity and empower minority student leaders on this campus”
“As a student of color, we are often not told enough how to navigate large institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin. Since I have been at UT there have been times where I didn’t feel like I belonged. What has helped my persistence has been joining a culturally based organization. Having the opportunity to attend the 2020 Black + Multicultural Greek Empowerment made a huge impact in my collegiate experience. For once I felt that I would not be judged for speaking up and was able to build community with the conference attendees and other UT students that attended”