The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development (GSED) is the team within the Division of Student Affairs who advise and support the recognized
WCU fraternity & sorority chapters, the leadership councils, the national honor society,
and the advisor, alumni & volunteer support teams.
GSED staff manage and administer the many programs and events that promote a values-based
fraternal experience in Cullowhee.
In addition, the Department is committed to establishing and maintaining positive
relationships and partnerships with WCU colleagues, the local community, alumni, and
between the numerous local and inter/national headquarters that make up the American
Fraternity & Sorority Community.
Connect with a member of our team if you need more information about the fraternity
& sorority community at Western Carolina University.
Linda (LC) Carmody, Director
Shelby Gerwin, Assistant Director
Miranda Stacy, Administrative Support Associate
Caleb Williams, Graduate Assistant
The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development's Mission is to actively
engage students in an exceptional values-driven fraternity and sorority program offering
customized and experiential learning opportunities. These experiences contribute to
the academic, social, and personal growth of the community members.
The WCU Registration & Recognition (R&R) Assessment Program serves as the initial
recognition process for all fraternity and sorority chapters on campus. It also serves
as the community's assessment process of achievements and areas of improvement.
Frequently asked questions
Explore our Frequently Asked Questions about Greek Student Engagement and Development
at Western Carolina University.
what is a greek organization?
A Collegiate Fraternal "Greek" organization is a group of individuals bonded together
by common goals and values. It is referred to as a Greek organization because the
name consists of Greek letters; however, there are organizations whose names are not
solely made up of Greek letters.
These bonds are created through historical rituals. Rituals are a shared experience
between members of the fraternal organization. The more common language used when
referring to Greek-letter organizations are fraternities (for men) and sororities
(for women). These organizations have values and purpose that they work to instill
in their members through their everyday activities.
College fraternities and sororities were established to promote democratic self-government,
academic excellence, service to others, life-time friendships, and a home away from
home throughout the undergraduate experience.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF GREEK STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT?
The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development oversees the twenty-one fraternities
and sororities at Western Carolina University. The Greek Engagement staff provides
advisement, programming, and support to all of our fraternal organizations. The Department
is located in the AK Hinds University Center 334.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The fraternity and sorority experience is what you make it. Every chapter has different
requirements; however, each chapter generally has at least one meeting a week. It
is the expectation of many of our organizations that their members are active during
their undergraduate experience and after graduation. There are also many additional
opportunities to become involved within a chapter and with the Department of Greek
Student Engagement & Development.
WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS OF BEING IN A FRATERNITY OR SORORITY?
The financial obligations depend on the chapter fees and dues. For more information,
please contact a chapter representative.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF FRATERNITIES & SORORITIES AT WCU?
The Departmentof Greek Student Engagement & Development team believes the following
expectations are best practices for being a successful and responsible collegiate
fraternal member and student. These expectations were created to set a standard of
high achievement for Greek letter organizations at WCU. These expectations are not
in place to penalize students but to challenge them to achieve at the highest level.
- Understand your behavior has an effect and impact on the entire community - not just
yourself, your chapter, or your national organization. The entire fraternity & sororoity
community could be affected.
- Individuals & chapters need to take responsibility for their own actions.
- Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Conduct yourself appropriately and professionally.
- Demonstrate self-respect and respect for others.
- Engage with the greater WCU community.
- Demonstrate responsibility and transparency in relation to finances, new member recruitment
and education, conduct, and social events.
- Say something if you see something or know something that may negatively impact the
health or safety of yourself or others or to prevent crimes from occurring. Report
all matters to the necessary campus resources (e.g. sexual violence or misconduct,
hazing, substance abuse, mental health concerns, etc.).
- Conduct yourself as if you are always wearing your letters.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING AND FRATERNITY OR SORORITY?
Through our values-based programming and staff support, the members of fraternities
and sororities at WCU will gain an understanding of the impact of individual and organizational
actions, life-long connections within organizations and the larger community, an understanding and appreciation of identities different from their own, the ability
to advocate for self and others, a commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of self, and a sense of belonging.