Student Development Office

Major Governing Organizations

Black Student Association
The Black Student Association (BSA) was established to promote a better scholastic, cultural, political, and social life for the African American students of Western Illinois University. BSA has an office in the Student Organization Center and holds regular meetings. Activities sponsored by BSA include the annual Homecoming concert, tutorial services, speakers, concerts, and dances.

Interfraternity Council
Interfraternity Council (IFC) serves as the governing and servicing body for 12 member fraternities. Its primary goal is to increase communication and understanding among all fraternity men at Western. Western's fraternities offer programs stressing scholastic achievement, leadership development, philanthropic involvement, and athletic and social activities. Through involvement in the WIU Interfraternity Council, Greek men are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. All IFC activities are open to the public.

Inter-Hall Council
Inter-Hall Council (IHC) is the coordinating organization for all residence halls. It sponsors activities involving the halls and serves as a liaison to the hall governments, Student Government Association, and the University administration.

International Friendship Club
The objective of the International Friendship Club (IFC) is to promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding among all students through various cultural, educational, and social activities. Western Illinois University students, faculty, staff, and community members benefit from the cultural exchanges and educational experiences. Each country, including the U.S., is invited to be represented on the IFC Council, which plans activities such as the International Bazaar for all international students and their U.S. friends. IFC is located within Casa Latina Cultural Center in the Multicultural Center.

Latin American Student Organization
The objective of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) is to provide an atmosphere in which Latino cultural, political, and social interaction will develop unity and pride among students at Western Illinois University. Another objective is to teach the University community about the Latin American culture. LASO is housed at the Casa Latina Cultural Center in the Multicultural Center. Activities sponsored by LASO include Flores de Cultura, Latino Jeopardy, Noche de la Raza, conferences, and an awards banquet.

Panhellenic Council
The coordinating body of six sororities at Western is the Panhellenic Council (PHC), Panhellenic strives for active participation and cooperation among campus sororities. PHC organizes fall and spring recruitment, sponsors educational programs and community service projects, presents scholastic achievement programs, holds workshops for chapter officers and alumnae advisors, co-sponsors special functions with Interfraternity Council and United Greek Council, and sponsors other joint fraternity-sorority programs.

Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the recognized, active voice of the entire student body. SGA acts as a representative body for students who have questions and/or ideas for change in any University area. The organization welcomes students of all lifestyles, asking only for a sincere effort in helping fellow Western students through the governmental process. Legislation passed by SGA often affects University policy, reflects on local and state problems, and secures improvements on campus, no matter how large or small. Anything students have to express is worth hearing, and SGA is ready to listen. Opportunities for involvement exist for all students through participation on University councils and committees. Freshmen are especially encouraged to become involved. For more information, drop by the SGA office in the Student Organization Center, (309) 298-3243.

Student Tenant Union
The Student Tenant Union (STU) is an organization of off-campus students who represent their constituency to the University and to the city of Macomb. There are 14 office-holding members who deal with such topics as landlord/tenant relations and University/off-campus student relations.

United Greek Council
The United Greek Council (UGC) serves as a coordinating body for the traditionally African American and Latino Greek organizations and any new group that indicates as part of its recognition application that it prefers to join this council. The United Greek Council exists to promote the welfare of social fraternities and sororities on campus, to promote unity among all Greek organizations, to promote an appreciation of the diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that exist in the Western community, and to promote educational and leadership opportunities for all students belonging to its member organizations.