To cultivate a fraternity and sorority community of excellence with a particular focus on the areas of academic achievement, leadership development, community engagement, and lifelong membership.
By developing these skills, we hope to empower our students to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and standards associated with membership in a fraternal organization, while complementing and enhancing the educational mission of our institution.
- To challenge our organizations and students to live by their organization’s purpose.
- To support our organizations and students in all endeavors consistent with the values of fraternal membership.
- To set clear expectations regarding leadership within the community.
- To engage in open and honest dialogue between the collegiate chapters, Inter/National organizations, local alumni, parents and our host institution.
- To educate organizations and students on state, University and organizational policies and procedures.
- To empower our organizations and students to reach their full potential, by providing them with opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and community engagement.
Western Michigan University has had a long and rich history with its collegiate fraternities and sororities. The first sororities were originally founded as debate societies in 1916 and were then recognized as national organizations in the 1950s. The Academy and Senate became Sigma Kappa and Alpha Chi Omega respectively. Delta Zeta was chartered in October of 1950, becoming the first national sorority on WMU's campus. Theta Chi Delta, originating in the 1920's as the Tribunal became the nationally affiliated fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon in March 1952.
The first historically African American fraternity that joined Western's campus community January 1948 was Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the first historically African American sorority was Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1953. Additionally, Phi Delta Psi Fraternity was founded on the campus of Western Michigan University on March 21, 1977 with the hopes of creating a Greek-lettered organization structure that embodied the "new" social, economic and political challenges of African American males
Western's Greek-lettered organizations have greatly enhanced the collegiate experience for tens of thousands of students. Fraternities and sororities have provided the University an environment that enhances positive growth and development for students, in addition to offering alternative living-learning communities. These unique communities have fostered life-long friendships and a strong sense of institutional loyalty and support.
Today, Western's Fraternity and Sorority Life community has 32 chapters representing four councils.