9 Fraternities and Sororities Founded at a Minority Serving Institutions

by DeShaun Bennett

Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs), whether being social/general or professional, are an important part of the student experience at Minority Serving Institutions. GLOs develop students’ character and leadership abilities as well as provide service, scholarship ,and leadership to college campuses. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 9 fraternities and sororities that were founded at MSIs.

1. Zeta Chi Phi – University of Texas – San Antonio 


Zeta Chi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. was founded January 30, 2003 on the campus of the University of Texas- San Antonio by eight women: Sneha Bandreddi, Marcia Yvonne Davis, Amirah Pauline Saldivar-Smith, Claudia Sanchez, 2nd Lt. Janet Christine Sapatu, Tran Que Tang, Maya Susan Thomas, and Kayla Susanna Weed. The purpose of Zeta Chi Phi is to increase the popularity of their common interests to maintain a steadfast commitment to multiculturalism, education, democracy, integrity, community service, and loveliness. The sorority’s mission is to promote cultural awareness and diversity to the community and to make a difference by educating the public.

2. Omega Psi Phi – Howard University


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college, Howard University, located in Washington, D.C., was founded November 23, 1911. The founders were Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman, and Ernest Everett Just. According to the fraternities website, the name Omega Psi Phi was derived from the phrase “friendship is essential to the soul,” which was then selected as the motto. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal Principles.

3. Delta Phi Omega – University of Houston


Delta Phi Omega Sorority Inc. was established on December 6, 1998 on the campus of University of Houston by sixteen South Asian women. Delta Phi Omega’s motto is “We Dreamt, We Saw, We Conquered,” and its mission is “to foster unity among South Asian women, build community awareness, and gain a greater understanding of oneself and others . . . The sorority aspires to instill leadership traits, excel in all academic endeavors, to encourage an active relationship between the sorority and its respective university, and shall do so with the utmost compassion, dignity, and fortitude.”

4. Iota Phi Theta – Morgan State University


On September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), 12 students founded Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated. Iota Phi Theta’s purpose is, “The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men.” Additionally, the Fraternity’s motto is: “Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!”

5. Delta Xi Phi – University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign 


Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. was founded April 20th, 1994 on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign by fifteen women. Delta Xi Phi has 5 main pillars: Advancement of women through higher education, increasing multicultural awareness, community service, sisterhood, and friendship. The sorority’s motto is “What’s possible has been done. What’s impossible must be done”.

6. Alpha Nu Omega – Morgan State University 


Alpha Nu Omega, a national Christian fraternity and sorority, was founded on the campus of Morgan State University in 1988. The purpose of Alpha Nu Omega is “to present a Christian alternative to the students and/or faculty on college/university campuses, to minister to the needs of the whole person (spirit, soul, and body), and to promote an attitude of academic excellence among its members.” Alpha Nu Omega focuses on four core values: LeadershipIntegrityFamily, and Education. 

7. Alpha Kappa Alpha – Howard University


Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, the first Negro Greek-letter sorority, was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. AKA was founded with a mission to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind”.

8. Sigma Delta Alpha – San Jose State University 


On May 5, 1992 on the campus of San Jose State University, Sigma Delta Alpha Fraternity Inc. was founded. Sigma Delta Alpha strives “To support each other academically, socially, and personally, to encourage the promotion and retention of all underrepresented groups at institutions of higher learning, to work with other organizations and our community, to promote all underrepresented cultures and traditions to the community, and to conduct ourselves so as to cast a positive light upon the Fraternity, ourselves, and our community.” Sigma Delta Alpha has a national philanthropy of men’s health.

9. Delta Sigma Theta – Howard University


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University in Washington D.C. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college-educated women committed to the development of its members and to public service, a primary focus being the Black community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program: Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.

Note: Information on each GLO was gathered from its respective national website, which can be located by following the link in their name. 

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