Service and solidarity: Multicultural Greek life at Yale


La Casa hosted an event promoting four multicultural Greek organizations on campus, which are focused on building community at Yale and giving back nationwide.

La Casa Cultural hosted a “Meet the Greeks” event with Yale’s multicultural fraternities and sororities on Wednesday, Nov. 10. 

The event ran from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and had three fraternities — Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and La Unidad Latina — and one sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, present. Many multicultural Greek groups focus on community service.

“Black women are the most disrespected and least valued women in our world today, Zafirat Ndancky ’23 said.“While everyone is bogging down on you and oppressing you, respect is such a huge thing. Delta Sigma Theta] is the one organization where I can count on being respected as a Black woman.”

Ayanle Nur ’23, President of the Nu Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, said that multicultural Greek organizations “do a lot more” than party. According to Nur, the Yale chapter worked at the Yale Community Kitchen for a service project organized in conjunction with La Unidad Latina. Kappa Alpha Psi also hosted reading events at three different schools in the New Haven area and passed out roses on Cross Campus.


Despite planning multiple community service events on campus and in the New Haven area, the multicultural Greek organizations are less known than other Greek organizations on campus. 

Yale is a primarily white institution. Black students only make up 6.4 percent of Yale’s student body, and students of Latin American or Hispanic origin only make up 11.2 percent of the student body. 

As a result, many of these organizations are quite small. Kappa Alpha Psi has three active members in their Yale chapter, whereas Delta Sigma Theta has five, Alpha Phi Alpha has two and La Unidad Latina has eight. Given their smaller size, they often collaborate with other chapters of their organizations at other universities nearby.