Greek Organization Descriptions

Greek Letter Organizations have been a part of Brown's campus life for 175 years.  With both local and national organization affiliations, the current organizations include sororities, fraternities, and co-ed societies.  Below is a list of the currently recognized organizations.  Scroll down further for organization descriptions.

Inter/National Organizations, Non-Residential
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC)
Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)

Inter/National Organizations, Residential
Alpha Chi Omega (NPC)
Alpha Delta Phi Society (co-ed fraternity)
Delta Gamma (NPC)
Kappa Delta (NPC)|
Kappa Alpha Theta (NPC)
Sigma Chi (NIC)

Local Organizations, Residential
Beta Omega Chi (fraternity)
Beta Rho Pi (fraternity)
Delta Tau (fraternity)
Theta Alpha (fraternity)
Zeta Delta Xi (co-ed fraternity)

Local Organizations, Non-Residential
Delta Phi (fraternity)

Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega was the first sorority on campus in 1979. Since then the sisters of the Zeta Theta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega have dedicated themselves to philanthropy, academics, and most of all, sisterhood. We are a dedicated and diverse group of girls whose interests range from child psychology to biomedical engineering, classics, to East Asian studies. At the end of the day we are all unique Brown Students who have been fortunate enough to find sisterhood. We look forward to meeting new people interested in the sorority. Feel free to stop by the house at any time! We are located in Sears building on Wriston Quad.

Alpha Delta Phi Society
The Alpha Delta Phi Society is a co-ed Literary Society that seeks to build lasting, meaningful bonds between its members. The Alpha Delta Phi fraternity was the first fraternity to be established on Brown’s campus in 1836, and in 1974 we went coeducational. We have the best of both worlds — a Greek house and the tradition that comes with that, but also an open, accepting attitude. This is not your average Greek house. Our house sponsors poetry readings, game nights and unusually stylish parties in our clean and attractive house. In addition, we have a history of donating thousands of dollars to literacy charities in Providence and invite high-profile writers to speak on campus. But the Alpha Delta Phi Society is fundamentally about community — it’s about being a part of a group that we all feel is pretty special, and about friendships that last. So stop by, meet some people who want to have a good time, and see whether our house is a place for you!

Beta Omega Chi
Beta Omega Chi dedicates itself to service in ways that are not customary for any fraternity on any campus. Service is one of two general focal points of the mission of the fraternity (the other being the establishment of an undying brotherhood) and our commitment to it has been, is, and will continue to be at the heart of our agenda. This is not to say that other fraternities are not committed to service but our consistent service to the Brown community and the greater community thus far, without any money or any support from the University, should convey our willingness to go above and beyond.

Beta Rho Pi
Beta Rho Pi is a community based on Jewish values that embraces diversity within the brotherhood. If you have never stepped into our library for a game of Catan or to watch football in our lounge, had an intellectual conversation in our striped room, or played XBOX in our newly revamped kitchen, then you haven't experienced the strong core of Beta Rho brothers dedicated to making sure we all enjoy ourselves. Events like our annual Passover Seder and awesome Super Bowl party are brotherhood favorites along with brotherhood dinners, fireside chats with professors, and tons of other amazing activities. With Marcy House as our home, just a step from the Ratty and at the center of activity at Brown, our location can't be beat! Beta Rho is a place to come home to every day and members here know that no matter what else is going on in our lives, 50+ of our best friends will be beside us. But don't take our word for it - come by, have some fun, meet some of the brothers, and find out for yourself what Beta Rho is all about!

Delta Gamma
In Spring of 2018, Delta Gamma officially dropped anchor in Providence, Rhode Island. After a three-month installation process, Theta Delta was chartered and welcomed 55 new women into Delta Gamma's Sisterhood.   Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 by three women who shared the values of friendship, education, social responsibility and character. With the motto "Do Good", Delta Gammas strive to make a difference through awareness, service and fundraising. DG has its own philanthropy, Service For Sight, dedicated to assisting the visually-impaired. We are excited about increasing our presence on campus through service events, sisterhood events, and socials.  Theta Delta is thrilled about the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Brown University Campus in the years to come!

Delta Phi
Delta Phi at Brown has a great tradition to uphold that stretches back nearly 200 years. We believe firmly that the college fraternity is an intimate, personal experience best shared amongst the closest of friends. DPhi also has a deserved reputation for being an extremely close-knit, socially-oriented house, whose diversity is reflected in the collection of successful athletes, scholars, and leaders in the Brown community that are our members. Not only are our parties among the best on campus, but we also are active in a variety of community service pursuits, most recently including a mentoring program at a Providence inner city high school. But the most important thing Delta Phi offers are friendships that will last a lifetime. We hope you will stop by at one of our parties or open houses to meet the brothers who define what Delta Phi is today. Semper Ubique!

Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.is a public service organization dedicated to scholarship, service and sisterhood with an emphasis on Black communities. 22 dynamic Black undergraduate women founded the sorority on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. The Lambda Iota Chapter was chartered in March 30, 1974 at Brown University. The Lambda Iota chapter dedicates itself to empowering the Black communities in Rhode Island

 

Delta Tau
DTau’s membership reflects the diverse backgrounds from which we hail. We pride ourselves on our laid-back attitudes and our laissez-faire self-governance and the equality with which we treat one another stands testament to our ability to overstep the traditional social boundaries of fraternities. To those of you who have attended our parties and events, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves. To those of you who haven’t graced us with your presence, you should.

Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek letter fraternity for women, was founded in 1870 at DePauw University. Our four founders, Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Brant, Bettie Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Fitch Shaw, were quite the forward-thinking women when creating the first all-women fraternity modeled after male fraternities. Kappa Alpha Theta was founded at Brown University in 1897 as the Alpha Epsilon chapter. We have many sisterhood events and study breaks throughout the year, which increase our campus presence as well as bring us closer together as sisters! Our various activities each semester include Ratty dinners, study breaks, social events, attending sporting events, gym classes, community service activities, going out for ice cream, and movie nights. Study breaks include pumpkin carving, apple picking, picnics, ice-skating, BBQs, ballroom and swing dancing lessons, making s’mores, and cookie decorating! In joining Theta, you are choosing to be a part of a sisterhood that values friendship, scholarship, and leadership. On campus at Brown, Thetas stand out in academics, sports, clubs, volunteer organizations, and other extra-curricular activities such as SPEC, varsity and club athletics, and Meiklejohn advising. Each fall we host two campus-wide philanthropy events. Our chapter has been recognized nationally for our achievements by being awarded a “Bronze Kite” as well as a Risk Management award. Alumnae from our chapter have gone on to programs such as Teach for America, Harvard Law School, Americorps, Brown Medical School, the 2+2 Harvard Business School program, and other successful job opportunities.

Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ) is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African-American membership. The fraternity has over 160,000 members with 721 undergraduate chapters. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is a part of the Divine 9, a group of the only recognized historically black fraternities and sororities that are members of the national Pan-Hellenic council. Members are known to carry around canes representing dignity and class, which are often taped with the fraternities colors of Krimson and Kreme.

Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta was officially installed here at Brown in spring of 2013 and was the first KD chapter in Rhode Island! We take pride in having a community of diverse and accomplished women. We have sisters in prestigious programs such as the Program for Liberal Medical Education (PLME) and a variety of rigorous academic tracks, from Classics to Engineering. The women in our chapter have accomplished so much throughout their time in Kappa Delta: some women in our chapter have raised thousands of dollars with their own philanthropic causes like Make a Wish Foundation, others have started their own businesses, one became an internet sensation with her successful twitter account “Feminist Taylor Swift," two of our sisters have won Miss Teen America titles in their home states, and we’re also proud to have a sister who is competing for the Summer Olympics. Our various interests and accomplishments make each woman different, but we are also diverse in that our girls come from different parts of America---and of the world!  There are women who hail from England, Ghana, China, Germany, South Korea and Hong Kong. In the spirit of Kappa Delta’s philanthropic attitude, we raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America by throwing “Dunk and Dodge” (a fun dodgeball tournament and paint party mash-up) and look forward to continuing this tradition every spring. We also do activities with our local Girl Scouts troop to help instill confidence in young girls. To tighten our sisterhood bond, our women get together for activities such as movie night, pumpkin picking, and group yoga. We also host an International Women’s Friendship Month event every year to celebrate our friendships within our chapter and with other sororities on campus. For our social and fun-loving side, Kappa Deltas love attending our formals and mixers with fellow fraternities.

Sigma Chi
A force in the world of college fraternities for over 150 years, Sigma Chi has been a prominent organization on Brown campus since 1914. Whether at our annual Black & White, Christmas and Disco Inferno parties or during our legendary Spring Week festivities, like Steak & Lobsters and our formal at the Belcourt Mansion in Newport, you can't go far without running into a Sig. Over 70 Brown undergraduates from all across the United States and a dozen foreign countries – athletes and actors, writers and musicians, leaders, and above all, gentlemen and friends all call Sigma Chi their home. Since its creation in 1855, Sigma Chi has striven to instill in its members a deep regard for the ideals of Friendship, Justice, and Learning. Based on the theory that "friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal, and possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions…is superior to friendship among members having the same temperaments, talents, and convictions," Brotherhood in Sigma Chi is a lifelong bond shared among men of all walks of life.

Theta Alpha
The brothers of Theta Alpha share one common bond: we all like to have a good time. From the west coast to the east coast, the brothers add diverse backgrounds to the already established melting pot community of Brown. While many brothers currently study economics or the business tract of COE, we have brothers concentrating in the History of Art and Architecture, History, English, Engineering, and Neuroscience. Some Thetians are involved in Brown athletics, and others enjoy the numerous intramurals that are offered. The doors in Theta Alpha are always open if you have any questions for a brother during recruitment regarding the process or just a question about the benefits of being a Thetian. We all encourage you to attend some of our events to meet and experience the closeness and unity of the brothers of Theta Alpha.

Zeta Delta Xi
Zeta Delta Xi is a co-ed fraternity that brings together many different individuals from disparate backgrounds. We are thinkers, doers, models, engineers, artists, scientists, linguists, musicians, and most of all really fun people to be around. Some of us are guilty of watching way too much television (whether it be Game of Thrones or Keeping Up With The Kardashians) in our one-of-a-kind stadium seating TV room, others admit to staying up at ridiculous hours to play games of fooz or pool, others still can be found dancing on tables (or resting under them) in the bar while Beyoncé plays at full blast. Whether studying in the lounge, cooking dinner in our fully stocked kitchen, our brothers take pride in the rewarding experiences that Zete has to offer. In breaking away from our all-male national 20 years ago, we made sure that this amazing community could be experienced by people regardless of gender, and we have evolved into a fraternity of friendship, community, and good dance moves. Not to mention, in the spirit of having a good time ALL the time, our parties are epic and even debaucherous at times. You’re all invited! Come, stop by Zete, and experience the family that we share and the world in which we live. We’re the fraternity on the corner of Patriot’s Court, next to the Ratty with the big, blue swings.