Two fraternities selected to add GW chapters

Media Credit: Two new fraternities will join GW's Interfraternity Council this year. Hatchet file photo.

Two new fraternities will join GW's Interfraternity Council this year. Hatchet file photo.
Two new fraternities will join GW’s Interfraternity Council this year. Hatchet file photo.

Two fraternities are coming to campus this fall and next spring.

Phi Delta Theta will launch a GW colony and recruit a pledge class in the fall, and Delta Lambda Phi will join next spring, according to a joint release from GW’s Greek life office and the Interfraternity Council Tuesday.

Phi Delta Theta will begin recruitment after formal rush this fall, the release said.

The IFC reviewed applications from six national organizations that applied to establish GW chapters. The council sought to expand the number of chapters at GW to allow more men who rush fraternities to receive bids.

“Over the past semester, the Interfraternity Council has worked to diversify the Greek community at GW,” the release said. “We believe these new groups will help elevate our community and strengthen the IFC as well as challenge our existing groups to perform at a higher level in the areas of member development, service and philanthropy, academic integrity and education around sexual assault prevention.”

Delta Lambda Phi is one of the only fraternities in the country to specifically appeal to gay, bisexual, transgender and progressive men. A group of freshmen pushed for the chapter to be added at GW.

Delta Lambda Phi was founded in D.C. in 1986 as a community chapter, according to the release.

“Delta Lambda Phi promotes the values of excellence, integrity, diversity, justice, service, friendship and commitment. Outside of these values, we believe the group will provide a welcome space for all men in the GW community, including those in our LGBT communities,” the release said.

The release highlighted Phi Delta Theta’s “already established” alumni network in the District and said the organization is “known for its enforcement of its strict zero tolerance policy toward hazing.”

“Phi Delta Theta’s values are friendship, sound learning and rectitude,” according to the release.

Over the summer, officials and IFC representatives will work with the two national organizations to finalize the timeline of their arrivals on campus, according to the release.

Delta Sigma Phi was announced as an addition to campus last summer, and the fraternity recruited its first class last fall.

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