New organization unites Greek community

For the first time, fraternities and sororities from every council are uniting together to form an organization on campus that encourages communication and collaboration within the Greek community. 

The Collaborative Greek Alliance is an organization where delegates from each sorority and fraternity meet to discuss what is happening in the Greek community.

Members of sororities and fraternities from the five Greek councils were represented at the first Collaborative Greek Alliance meeting. They met to discuss the creation of a constitution, executive board applications and voting.

“Never in my tenure have we had all Greek councils represented,” said Gaius George, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Members of the five Greek councils (Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Independent Greek Council) attended the meeting. 

Mariana Skertchly, who organized the meeting, said the presidents of the five Greek councils will oversee the CGA, hold their members accountable and make sure every organization is being represented fairly.

“We can’t really have a lot of concrete details when we’re just starting out,” Skertchly said. “So we’ll see how it goes.”

The CGA was created to encourage communication and support for members in the Greek community despite being part of different councils, Skertchly said. Fraternities and sororities can now come together and discuss different events, she said.

A constitution-writing committee has been created and CGA plans to have a constitution and an executive board before next semester when the organization can be officially recognized by the university, Skertchly said. This fall will serve as a time of preparation to make sure everything is ready for the spring semester.

Any member of a fraternity or sorority can be a member of the executive board for the CGASkertchly said. The application process is being determined and news of how to apply will be sent out to the Greek community. 

The next CGA meeting will be held on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The location of the meeting has yet to be determined.