Fraternity and Sorority Multicultural Intake

The University of San Diego is currently home to three culturally based fraternity and sorority organizations: Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. (APS), Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. (NAK), and Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (STP). These chapters are part of the Lettered Multicultural Council or LMC, which provides additional community building and leadership opportunities for multicultural fraternities and sororities.

LMC recruitment, commonly referred to as "intake," typically begins in the second month of each semester with a kickoff event hosted by the Council and interest/informational meetings hosted by the chapter.

Learning About LMC Chapters

Culturally-based fraternities and sororities at USD have their own recruitment and intake processes, so it is important for interested students to do their research on each organization ahead of time.

Think about your values, your identities, your culture, and why you might be interested in joining. Culturally-based fraternities and sororities may be historically Latino/a/x, Asian, Native/Indigenous, Black, and/or multicultural. While membership is open to all, these backgrounds significantly shape the membership experience and create lifelong brotherhoods and sisterhoods based on shared values. National organization websites, chapter social media, and talking with active chapter members can be a great way to gain a deeper understanding of each organization.

Other questions to consider might include:

  • What are the organizational values?
  • What makes them feel like brothers/sisters/family?
  • What leadership opportunities are there?
  • What is the financial commitment for membership?
  • What is the time commitment for membership?
  • What does involvement look like as alumni?
  • What contributions have members made to the greater organization and community?

Recruitment & Intake

For the Spring 2021 semester, all recruitment and intake is currently planned to be fully virtual in order to prioritize the health and safety of our community.

LMC intake activities typically begin in the second month of each semester, i.e. February in the Spring semester and September in the Fall semester, and follow the below outline:

LMC Kickoff: a social celebration and introduction of all multicultural chapters participating in recruitment and intake that semester. Includes a brief presentation and opportunities for potential new members to talk with multiple different chapters through tabling and games.
 
Chapter Informational: each chapter begins their intake process by hosting a separate event or series of events where interested students can meet active chapter members, ask questions about the national organization, and learn more about how to join. Examples of these events have included community service, game nights, lunch/dinner, roller skating, study sessions, dance/exercise classes, crafting and creative arts, trivia, and more.
 
Applications/Resumes: following an informational event, interested students may be asked to submit an application and/or resume, as well as participate in interviews to help the chapter get to know them better. Applicants will have their eligibility confirmed by the FSL office and each chapter may ultimately invite a smaller number of potential new members to continue in their specific joining process. The chapter may also choose not to continue with intake for that semester.
 
New Member Education: the rest of the intake process, if the chapter chooses to continue, is focused on providing safe and healthy new member education, which includes learning about one another, the chapter and Council history, and the responsibilities of membership. This may include weekly meetings, online modules, leadership workshops, and more.
 
Crossover: after completing all educational and membership requirements, chapters will welcome new members ("neos") by celebrating their crossing into the organization. This may take the form of a new member presentation, initiation, probate, or other event based on the organization's values.

 

The best way to stay up to date is to follow the chapter social media or the LMC Instagram. Interested students can also reach out to fsl@sandiego.edu with any questions or for more information.

To learn more specifics about each chapter and their respective intake process, please reach out to the chapter directly.

Alpha Pi Sigma: rhorep@alphapisigma.org 
Nu Alpha Kappa: alphadelta@nakinc.org
Sigma Theta Psi: usdstprecruitment@gmail.com