Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is the home for the Multicultural Greek-letter organizations Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). MGC and the two member chapters strive to empower and educate EKU and the surrounding community on Latino/a culture. 

The two chapters felt that they did not fit under the other Greek councils at EKU, so they decided to create their own. MGC was established in July of 2019.

MGC President Daisy Meza, a senior double major in public health and Spanish, said, “It is just two chapters that make you feel welcome. We really like to stand for our culture and make people feel like we have a place for you. We welcome anybody and that is something really important that we like to emphasize.”

MGC’s current mission statement is  “to provide an inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds that seek to promote diversity on campus and in our communities.”

MGC strives to promote a dynamic values-based environment of academic success, community service and integration in all communities in and around EKU. The council aims to foster success and empowerment with every accomplishment achieved. 

The council coordinates the chapters’ activities, promotes involvement, enhances cultural awareness and encourages collaboration in the Greek community. MGC informs both member chapters of events and future collaborations.

Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc. was founded as an official chapter at EKU’s campus on July 29, 2018. The multicultural sorority calls themselves the Iota Associate Chapter at EKU.

The sorority stands for community service, academics, empowerment and preserving Latino/a culture. The chapter strives to empower women and is a multicultural sorority.

Current MGC Vice President Dulce Sanchez, a junior biomedical sciences major said, “In my high school graduating class we had 300 students and I was one of five that was a person of color. I had never been around people of color except for anything to do with my family. It was really eye opening whenever I heard that EKU had a Latina sorority because they all look like me and have similar stories to everything I have gone through in my life. I honestly love it.” 

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. was founded as an EKU colony on Dec. 5, 2017, later obtaining official chapter status on April 30, 2020. The multicultural fraternity call themselves the Chi Epsilon Chapter at EKU.

The fraternity stands for brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness. The chapter is a multicultural membership with a passion to share the Latino/a culture. 

To become a member of MGC, you must join one of the two multicultural chapters. Members attend a meeting once a month to discuss how the sorority and fraternity can better serve each other. 

“There is always a place for someone, whether that is a sorority, fraternity, or just an organization in general,” Sanchez said. “There is always a place for you to feel at home especially on a campus where there are so many opportunities.”

If you are interested in joining Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc. or Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., contact them directly through their Instagram pages @eku.mgc, @pilambdachi_eku, and @eku_betas. Follow their Instagram pages to stay up to date on future events and open house nights.

“I really encourage people to not only learn about the Multicultural Greek Council itself, but also its culture in what they really stand for,” Meza said.

The Día de los Muertos Masquerade is the largest annual event for the two MGC chapters, in collaboration with the Latino Student Association. The three Latino/a organizations celebrate the significance behind Día de los Muertos while eating authentic Latin American food and dancing to a DJ. 

If you are interested in attending the campus wide celebration, this year’s masquerade will be on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Keen Johnson main ballroom. Students are encouraged to bring their family members, dress formally and wear sugar skull face paint.

For more information on MGC visit greeklife.eku.edu/multicultural-greek-council. To learn more about Greek life within MGC, visit greeklife.eku.edu/mgc-chapters.

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