Greek Life Programs in the Office of Student Activities at Western Illinois University, in support of a diverse and thriving fraternity and sorority community, will provide opportunities and resources to assist in the learning and development of students as members of self-governing and values based organizations while promoting positive citizenship, informed decisions and empowerment and making meaningful contributions to university and local community.
Greek Life provides students with a wide variety of leadership opportunities. Members can participate within their chapter as an officer or on one of three governing councils, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and United Greek Council. Our fraternities and sororities encourage active participation in leadership experiences within and outside of our community. We believe in leading by example through exemplifying the values by which we were founded upon.
Our community supports and believes in academic excellence. Each chapter maintains grade point average (GPA) requirements to join their organization and maintain membership. To assure continuing academic growth, chapters and councils provide scholastic assistance through various academic plans including study hours, tutoring, study groups specific to majors, and educational programming.
The opportunity to give is one of the most rewarding experiences in our community. We believe that it is a rewarding part of the human experience to work together to help others. By striving to raise awareness of social issues throughout the community, we make service a part of the way we live and part of who we are.
Being a member of a fraternity or sorority creates deep bonds of friendship and loyalty that provides an individual with a sense of family throughout their lifetime. We believe that the true friendship associated with fraternity and sorority life moves beyond individual chapters and reaches out to include chapters from each council.
In our community we believe we share a set of common values. We work together as peers and as a community to support each other and hold each other accountable according to University standards, council standards, and each chapter's standards and values.
The members of the WIU Greek community will be able to articulate the importance of academic success and demonstrate high scholarship through chapter and council programming, GPA's above the University average, and sharing of best practices.
The members of the WIU Greek community will discover how to collaborate with members of different chapter affiliations and councils than their own and through that collaboration recognize the values they share and build stronger relationships with each other.
The members of the WIU Greek community will serve as active citizens to promote community service and create awareness of social issues throughout the community.
The members of the WIU Greek community will be able to recognize what accountability means to themselves, their chapter, their council, and the greater community and apply it into their daily actions.
The members of the WIU Greek community will be able to articulate what Greek Unity means to them, and be able to integrate it into their daily actions, and chapter and council activities.
The members of the WIU Greek community will be able to recognize the importance of a diverse Greek community, and work to create acceptance of all individuals into the community.
The members of the WIU Greek community will be able to create their own definition of leadership and utilize this skill to impact their chapter, council, and community to make a positive difference.
Thoughts on Being Greek
How has being Greek positively affected/changed you?
Being Greek has played a very large role on me. I spent my freshman year here at WIU non-Greek, and I never did anything, wasn't involved, had a couple close friends I could count on. After joining Delta Zeta last year as a sophomore, I have allowed my leadership qualities to show and I have gotten extremely involved. I now hold a position in my house along with PHC, and I am also the president of Colleges Against Cancer. Being a sorority has shown me the opportunities that are out there and all you have to do is go for it.
-- Colleen Pratl