Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council Introduce New Leaders

September 21, 2020

Student leaders look forward to the academic year

As fall semester at Michigan State University continues to roll out virtually, student organizations have regrouped to ensure MSU students can find communities and connections, even while separated – sometimes by continents. The Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) community is among those organizations that have worked all summer to prepare virtual plans for the new academic year.

FSL at MSU is a large part of the student experience. Over the course of the summer, the community has combined efforts and worked together to supply students with opportunities to remain socially engaged while being physically distanced. With the new academic year in full swing, two of the four FSL have welcomed new executive boards. The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) elected boards to serve during the academic year.

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is a collective group of multiethnic and inclusive fraternities and sororities. Consisting of 11 chapters, the organizations works to raise awareness and highlight the philanthropic events in which they participate. Focusing on development and sustainability of their organization, MGC continues to represent all cultures, ethnicities and LGBTQ+ community members to promote equity and equality for all.

MGC’s executive board works with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council (PC) to create stronger bonds in the FSL community. MGC also holds social and professional events to help members create connections throughout the semester.

The 2020-2021 council members are:

  • President: Gisella Lorenzo, Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Vice President: Xitlali Garcia, Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc.
  • Vice President of Philanthropy: Sujin Lee, alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.
  • Vice President of External Affairs: Angelica Pablo, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
  • Vice President of Finance: Michael Ky, Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.

 

A Vice President of Internal Affairs and Vice President for Communications will be elected sometime in September. This will be an online vote, which is how MGC conducted their previous election at the end of spring semester. Adding another two members to MGC’s executive board will bring a larger range of perspective and ideas.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Formed nationally in 1930, NPHC has over 1.5 million members across the nation. Composed of the largest historically African American Greek-letter organizations, MSU NPHC is home to the “Divine Nine,” the given nickname for all nine chapters found at Michigan State.

NPHC organizations provide members with strong brotherhood and sisterhood. United together, these nine chapters place strong emphasis on the cultural and historical context of their organization. The executive board plans to expand its reach into educating members and the public on the importance of voting, sexual assault awareness, as well as other topics.

The 2020-2021 NPHC council leaders are:

  • President: Taleya Taylor, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Internal Vice President: Mike Chatman, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • External Vice President: Javier Wilson, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Secretary: Courtney Dent, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
  • Historian: Tiffanie Quinn, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Parliamentarian: Rashaun Sanders, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

“I wanted to be president to step up for our council and help our movement as a whole,” Taylor said. “Representation of NPHC as one collective group is ideal for me. I would like to see more involvement with the community and be recognized to a higher degree.”

Fraternities and sororities that belong to NPHC also hold academics and personal growth in high regards. Educational programming throughout the school year will allow members to grow stronger ties to their community and community members, Taylor explained.

Transitioning to the Virtual World

In March, when campus was closed and MSU moved to virtual learning, both MGC and NPHC were in the midst of a very successful year. Spring 2020 brought in a handful of new faces: MGC initiated 29 new members and NPHC welcomed 66 new members.

Both councils continue to explore and adopt new ways of engagement. Lee, vice president of Philanthropy for MGC, noted that the virtual transition has not been as difficult as initially predicted due to the nature of online elections and meetings.

“Because of the pandemic, some plans of collaborations fell through, but we are moving towards online options to work around the new world we are in,” Lee said. The emphasis of MGC this year is to connect chapters within our council to help bridge the divide.”

Keeping people interested and involved is important. “Being a sister in aKDPhi, I have a large reach to other chapters in order to plan virtual events together,” Lee said. “ZOOM calls and ice breakers will allow brothers and sisters to know each other on a deeper level, and we will combine our strengths to raise money and awareness for our philanthropies.”

Both MGC and NPHC are part of the planning for events, like Greek Fall Welcome and Safe Halloween. The councils did not participate in preparation for these events previously. This allows both organizations to be in the forefront of students and will allow more exposure to Spartans.

MGC & NPHC’s Influence on Social Issues

MGC and NPHC are driven by social impact. Both councils have clear and direct goals to help better the community around them. With the election just a few months away, both councils are focusing on ways to help students become knowledgeable about voter registration and current events.

“In comparison to last year, the recent events of 2020 are the reason why I wanted to be president. This year, we are motivated to get people to vote,” Taylor said. “We partnered with the NAACP to organize a student-led march to the Capitol back in May. We also plan on working with the organization to vocalize the importance of voter registration.”

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is important to the core of both councils. Endorsing BLM and spreading the word are ways MGC and NPHC are staying involved with the general public.

“MGC this year is pushing to be more inclusive and louder. With it being an election year, endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement will show diverse groups where we stand,” Lee said. “Being in MGC, we want to be open and welcoming to all prospective students. We want to branch out and be the face for students that wish to unite communities.”

Sexual assault awareness is another area in which MGC and NPHC are working. Both councils required all chapters to complete the mandatory workshop on sexual violence prevention, Greeks Take the Lead. Moving forward, more seminars will be offered on virtual platforms to help keep members informed and aware.

About Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life was established on MSU’s campus in 1872. Home to 62 fraternities and sororities, over 4,600 students at MSU promote leadership, self-worth and lifelong friendship. Each council and chapter have something unique to offer, but all promote the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and community service. For more information, visit greeklife.msu.edu.

 

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