By Zac Ladouceur, ’20
When you think of Fraternities and Sororities, chances are your mind goes to the often exaggerated movie portrayals of loud boisterous frat boys, and cliquey sorority sisters.
As tricky as that may be to shake, the vast majority of Fraternities and Sororities are not like that at all. Aside from an organization being labeled as a ‘Social’ group, there are many other types of Fraternities and Sororities focused in different areas. For instance there are Philanthropic, Professional and even ones focused in specific professional fields. Even still, one of the biggest questions is how do these organizations fit into the social community at Emerson College? These organizations have a strong presence on campus, while it is not always an overwhelming one. You can often see members sporting their letters around campus, at sporting events, and while working or volunteering in the Boston community.
Emerson College strictly prohibits hazing. It recognizes the extreme physical and mental harm that it can produce, and has taken great action to prevent and reprimand any acts of hazing on our campus. Emerson defines hazing as, “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student club/ organization operating under the sanction of the College.” With this, Emerson has, without hesitation, put in necessary precautions to make sure that no student should ever have to partake in or be exposed to any dangerous experiences that could be considered hazing.
If your student is interested in possibly joining the constantly growing Fraternity and Sorority Life community here at Emerson, here is a little information on all active Fraternities and Sororities on campus. Your student can also find this information, as well as how to contact them on EmConnect!
Alpha Epsilon Phi – “…is composed of a diverse group of women brought together by their common values of honesty, philanthropy, scholarship, leadership, tradition, pride, fun, sisterhood, and growth.”
Alpha Phi Omega – “…is a national service all-gender fraternity composed of college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service and its aim is to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage.”
Alpha Pi Theta – “…is a local social fraternity with goals of brotherhood, love, and trust. The brothers have carried on that tradition through their spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication to the College.”
Delta Kappa Alpha – “United by a common interest of professional development in the cinematic arts and collaboration through strong moral character, the organization looks to provide a place for Emerson filmmakers to find who they are as creators, storytellers, and members of society. DKA is inclusive of all gender identity.”
Kappa Gamma Chi – “…is committed to serving the College and local community by fostering the development of professional, strong, and independent women. The sisters expect and demand the highest standards for every active member.”
Phi Alpha Tau – “…is the nation’s oldest professional communicative arts fraternity. Originally created to foster debate, Tau has evolved with Emerson over the past 115 years to include all areas of the communicative arts.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon – “…is a social based fraternity that maintains the highest standards of a true gentleman. Through philanthropy, community service, and social outreach, the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon aim to maintain the values of a fraternity that has been around 161 years.
Sigma Pi Theta – “…is dedicated to stimulating unity, growth, support, and awareness among the women of Emerson College. It encourages the growth of the individual, the sorority, and the College community via workshops and activities held throughout the year.”
Xi Gamma Nu – “Gamma seeks to combine both professional and social sorority standards, and having been established in a modern era, Gamma allows for new members to contribute in a meaningful way to develop traditions in our sisterhood.”
Zeta Phi Eta – “…is a national professional coed fraternity in the communication arts and sciences. Zeta has bonded together individuals committed to high standards in the communication arts and sciences, while providing opportunities for sharing professional interests through worthwhile activities.”
The Emerson community is alive and well with Fraternity and Sorority Life, and it continues to grow into an inclusive, impactful, and fun community to be a part of.