Multicultural Greek Organizations

Greek Letter Organizations affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) obtain campus recognition through the Third World Center for departmental group status.

The Third World Center  shall work closely with the governing councils of the NPHC and NALFO affiliated chapters recognized at Brown to review petitions for campus re-activation or expansion.

Newly petitioning organizations (organizations that have not previously received recognition as active at Brown) should contact the Third World Center to review appropriate university policies in order to be considered for Transitional Status.

Inactive chapters (those that have received previous recognition by the University and identified as inactive under the constitution of NPHC or El Concilio must follow the procedures outlined in the Reactivation Policy of the University

For NPHC and NALFO maintain recognition on campus through the following guidelines:

Recognition, Responsibilities and Privileges

Inactive Status

Definition:  An inactive organization is a locally chartered organization (i.e. chartered with the authority by the national organization to operate at Brown University) with alumni who are both alumni of Brown and the local organizational chapter.

Alumni/Anniversary Events:  Group may petition the Director of Student Activities to sponsor a small scale, formal event or program (maximum of 150 attendees) on campus to celebrate 5 year increment anniversaries of founding of national organization or local chapter.  Primary planner must be identified and provide certification from national organization that they are authorized to do so. 

List of Brown alumni to be invited must be provided and must account for a minimum of one-third (1/3) of the invited attendees; one of them must agree to be the official host and be present on the day of the event.  The event must also meet any standards or criteria defined by Alumni Relations.  Event must meet the criteria for off-campus groups using Brown property for an event, including certification of insurance and applicable rental fees and working with the Conference Services Office.

Provisional Status 

Requirement:  Organization must have a minimum of 1 individual who provides certification from the national organization that they are a member (or alumni member) of a national organization and previously active at Brown.  The certification must authorize the individual to work with Brown towards obtaining active status.  One to two individuals meeting these criteria must be identified as the primary contact. 

Responsibilities:

  • Annual meeting/phone conversation between national organization, primary contact of the local chapter and the Multicultural Greek Organization Advisor.

Privileges:

  1. Inclusion in the online official listing of student organizations at Brown.
  2. Access to an information table during any Student Activities Fairs, including those organized by the Orientation Welcoming Committee, A Day on College Hill, and UCS or the SAO.
  3. Participation in all NPHC or El Concilio sponsored events and activities of an educational or promotional nature. 
  4. May petition Shane Lloyd, who serves as the Multicultural Greek Advisor for use of Brown University rooms/space for activities of an educational or promotional nature. 

Transitional Status

Requirement:  Organization must have a minimum of 1 active member of local undergraduate/collegial chapter, who provides certification from the national organization that they are a member (or alumni member) of a national organization and previously active at Brown.  The member must be a currently enrolled Brown student in good academic standing and be certified as a member by the national. The chapter must be actively working towards obtaining active status.  One to two individuals meeting these criteria will be identified as the primary contact, along with the designation of an official organizational advisor. 

Responsibilities:

  • Annual meeting/phone conversation between national organization, chapter advisor, primary student contact(s) of the local chapter, and the Greek advisor to the group at Brown.

Privileges:

  1. Maintains all privileges provided under Provisional Status. 
  2. May officially participate in NPHC or El Concilio sponsored social events/activities.
  3. May petition the Director of Student Activities to hold one small social function activity (less than 150 attendees) in a given year that may be considered for utilizing a “College ID” admission policy.  Organizations must work with the SAO Event Advisor assigned to work with Greek Organizations  (Shelley Adriance) to develop a proposed plan and to complete the event registration process and receive approval for advertising plan and posters/flyers prior to any promotion of such events.  Guidelines that address the unique needs associated with “College ID” events must be followed to ensure the success of the event.   

Active Status (two catoegories):

Category A: 

Requirement:  Organization must have 4 student members of local student/collegial chapter in good academic standing with a minimum of 2 from Brown University.  Local chapter is certified as active by national organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Annual meeting/phone conversation between national organization, chapter advisor, primary contact(s) of the local chapter and the designated Greek Advisor at Brown.
  • Must maintain an account in the Student Activities Office, through which all expenses for events and activities on Brown’s campus must flow.

Privileges:

  1. Maintains all privileges provided in Transitional Status.
  2. May petition the Director of Student Activities to hold two small social function activities (less than 150 attendees) per semester that may be considered for utilizing a “College ID” admission policy.  Organizations must work with the SAO Event Advisor assigned to work with Greek Organizations  (Shelley Adriance) to develop a proposed plan and to complete the event registration process and receive approval for advertising plan and posters/flyers prior to any promotion of such events.  Guidelines that address the unique needs associated with “College ID” events must be followed to ensure the success of the event. 
  3. Ability to host small social function activities (less than 150 attendees) utilizing a “Brown/RISD and guest” admission policy, which permits a Brown/RISD student to sign in up to two guests. Organizations must work with the SAO Event Advisor assigned to work with Greek Organizations  (Shelley Adriance) to develop a proposed plan and to complete the event registration process.
  4. Use of Student Activities Office resources, including the ability to receive mail in the SAO and privileges to reserve information tables (e.g. in J. Walter Wilson or on the Campus Green) free of charge and distribute information through the University mail system under its guidelines.
  5. Use of university resources, including room/space privileges, priority, and cost and rights to poster and hang banners. 

Category B

Requirement:  Organization must have a minimum of 4 student members from Brown University in good academic standing.  Local chapter is certified as active by national organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Annual meeting/phone conversation between national organization, chapter advisor, primary contact of the local chapter and the designated Greek Advisor at Brown.
  • Must maintain an account in the Student Activities Office, through which all expenses for events and activities on Brown’s campus must flow.

Privileges:

  1. Maintains all privileges of Transitional Status.
  2. May petition the Director of Student Activities to host a maximum of two large scale social functions per semester (i.e. in a venue that can hold no more than 400 attendees) that may be considered for utilizing a “College ID” admission policy.  Organizations must work with the SAO Event Advisor assigned to work with Greek Organizations  (Shelley Adriance) to develop a proposed plan and to complete the event registration process and receive approval for advertising plan and posters/flyers prior to any promotion of such events.  Guidelines that address the unique needs associated with “College ID” events must be followed to ensure the success of the event.  There may be no more than one large scale event meeting Brown’s definition of a social function sponsored by the  NPHC or El Concilio or a member organization in any given 2 week period that may be considered for utilizing a “College ID” admission policy.
  3. May host small social function activities (less than 150 attendees) utilizing a “Brown/RISD and guest” admission policy, which permits a Brown/RISD student to sign in up to two guests.  Organizations must work with the SAO Event Advisor assigned to work with Greek Organizations  (Shelley Adriance) to develop a proposed plan and to complete the event registration process.
  4. Use of Student Activities Office resources, including ability to receive mail in the SAO and privileges to reserve information tables (e.g. in the post office) free of charge and distribute information through the University mail system under its guidelines.
  5. Use of university resources, including room/space privileges, priority, and cost and rights to poster and hang banners.