Multicultural Greek Council urges recognition

The Multicultural Greek Council is working with the University to gain more credibility among administrators and other Greek-letter communities on campus.

MGC leaders met Wednesday with Tim Miller, the executive director of the Student Activity Center, and Dean Harwood, the director of Greek life, to discuss ways for MGC to work with SAC and achieve its goal of becoming more respected, well-known and established on campus.

“Because we’re not a very large organization compared to the rest of the Greek community, we inevitably have less resources, funding and opportunities to make ourselves visible” said senior Mei Kai Loo, president of MGC, after the meeting.

At the meeting, MGC members voiced concern over the University’s “five-member rule,” which requires student groups recognized by the University to have at least five members. The MGC leaders argued that several MGC organizations with less than five GW members are “city chapters” and include members from several area schools.

Miller agreed to amend the policy for a trial period of two years and allow University-recognized MGC organizations to have as few as two members. Miller said he hopes this policy change will encourage membership growth.

“My hope is that in two years all of our chapters will be well beyond even needing a five-member rule discussion,” Miller said.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s first historically black fraternity, is one of the fraternities on campus that is struggling to meet the minimum member requirements. The fraternity’s city chapter includes only two GW students, as the rest of the members are students at Georgetown.

Loo said that of the 10 MGC fraternities and sororities on campus, at least seven were struggling to meet the five-member minimum. She said that each organization needs the opportunity to exist on campus individually because “every organization is founded based on a very unique philosophy, goal, vision (and) history.”

Loo added that aside from membership concerns, one of MGC’s long-term goals is to work more closely with the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association, GW’s other social Greek councils, to plan large events like Greek Week.

“We need more contact with IFC and Panhel as a whole and to do more programming (with) the three of us,” Loo said, “(MGC is) easily forgotten.”

MGC member Taylor Shuler said that MGC is an important asset to promoting the diversity on campus.

“We want to serve the community as best as possible, but how are we supposed to do that when we’re not being included?” Shuler said.

Shuler said he would like to see IFC and Panhel “not have to be retrained every year to pay attention to (MGC),” and that working together should be a voluntary, ingrained practice, she said.

Amanda Gancayco, vice president of marketing and public relations for Panhel, wrote in an e-mail that “both Panhel and IFC have made significant steps toward including MGC in all activities.”

Gancayco cited examples of MGC participation in the Greek Programming Council, a Greek community barbeque held in February and Panhel’s “Week of Sisterly Love,” which will take place later this month.

“Panhel and IFC have also been very supportive of MGC’s activities, including the promotion of their step show,” Gancayco said, “which many members of Greek life attended.”

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