The fraternity and sorority community consists of individual chapters, the four councils and university staff. Together we work to provide opportunities for personal development, community engagement and community building.
The staff in Fraternity & Sorority Life are committed to supporting the students within our community by partnering with the four councils, chapter officers and advisors, and inter/national representatives. In addition, the staff works closely with various other units on campus and the City of Ann Arbor.
Meet our Four Councils
Four councils make up Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Michigan. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) provides opportunities for friendship, brotherhood, and leadership development. The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) celebrates and promotes multiculturalism through programming and service housed in several racial, ethnic, and cultural communities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) honors activism through service and programming in the Black community. The Panhellenic Association (Panhel) is a values-based organization that provides life-long friendships, personal development, community service and educational growth to women on campus.
The fraternity and sorority community provides members numerous opportunities to develop as leaders. These opportunities present themselves within chapters, in councils, and on campus. Leadership positions and programming help students identify and utilize their strengths, learn how to work cooperatively, develop their skills, and lead with integrity.
Fraternity & Sorority Life staff and council executive board members create and implement leadership offerings for chapter members such as Presidents Weekend, Emerging Leaders Conference, and Women Leading Women. Most chapters have a wide variety of officer positions including president, treasurer, service/philanthropy chair, and social chairs. Chapter officer positions require individuals to be organized, ethical, and innovative. Serving in a leadership position also promotes learning to work effectively as part of a team.
Service and philanthropy are important values upon which most fraternal organizations were founded. Individual fraternities and sororities engage with the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas by volunteering with and raising money for many local and national service organizations.
Individual chapters may plan events in support of causes they are passionate about, or partner with agencies whose mission relates to the values of their fraternity or sorority. Members of fraternity and sorority chapters also collaborate on events that raise money and awareness for national and campus causes and support events such as Relay for Life, Dance Marathon and the MGC Spring Gala.
Health and Wellness
Maintaining student health and wellness is important to both the University and the fraternity and sorority community. The University of Michigan has identified eight dimensions of wellness that are crucial to a student’s overall success. Fraternity & Sorority Life staff, council executive boards and chapters provide a wide variety of programming to assist students. Members are able to engage in discussions on topics such as bystander intervention, alcohol awareness, ethical leadership, mental health awareness, and sexual assault prevention and awareness.
Accountability & Supported Self-Governance
Our members and chapters strive each day to build a community of respect and well-being. All of our chapters are held accountable through policies within their council and their inter/national organizations. Here at U-M, students create the community they want by supported self-governance. This means that each council creates policies that exemplify their organization’s values, and they assist members to live within those policies.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is different from becoming part of another organization because the relationships that are formed will develop over a lifetime. All of our fraternities and sororities have chapters at other campuses across the country and even internationally, so the networks that begin at the University of Michigan extend far beyond Ann Arbor. After graduation, there are many opportunities to stay involved as our chapters have active graduate and alumni chapters. Alumni maintain active relationships with chapters through hands-on work such as advising and mentorship or simply sharing stories of their times as collegiate members.
Members of the fraternity and sorority community recognize that the first priority of attending college is to attain an excellent education. Fraternities and sororities support their members through tutoring, mentoring, academic programming and recognition. Upperclass students often provide support to younger members in the same school or college.
The community as a whole honors academic achievement through two national Greek honor societies that recognize achievement of fraternity and sorority members: Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha.
Chapters encourage their members to be involved on campus through chapter and individual participation. The fraternity and sorority community in its entirety is always very involved on campus and offers a great opportunity to anyone looking to segway into making an immediate impact on campus.
Fraternity and sorority chapters provide programming and events for the whole campus. Chapters collaborate to host events such as: self defense workshops, philanthropic events, cultural dances and shows, mental health and self-care presentations, and career workshops.
Additionally, members of the community are involved with a wide variety of organizations outside of their chapter and become exposed to other campus groups through their fraternity and sorority members. They take pride in their campus participation and showcase leadership in many different organizations such as student government, honor societies, political and religious organizations, and many more.