Washington and Lee’s Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council focus on community-building, education and fundraising throughout the year.
On a campus that prides itself on its cherished traditions, Washington and Lee University’s three Greek councils have found ways to create a calendar of much anticipated new events that focus on philanthropy, fun and collaboration between Greek chapters.
“Our philanthropic events are also really great for fun and community building,” Ullman said. “I think one of the misconceptions that can arise around Greek life on any campus is just that everyone is in their own corners, and you aren’t interacting with anyone outside your chapters. It’s good to dispel that myth.”
NPC chapters have collaborated on clothing drives in recent years to help provide potential new members on campus with professional and special event attire to wear throughout the recruitment process, which Ullman explained reduces the financial barriers to participation. The council also plans to create end-of-semester gift bags for first-year students leaving for winter break who are participating in sorority recruitment, a new initiative to make first-year students feel welcome that the council hopes will become a staple of the recruitment cycle.
IFC spent the weeks leading up to its annual campus wiffleball tournament in October selling T-shirts and taking donations at tables outside Elrod Commons. Nine chapters participated in this friendly competition, which drew spectators from across campus. This year, IFC donated funds from the event to the Rockbridge SPCA. Last year’s recipient was the Rockbridge Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide grant funding for Rockbridge County public school programming and initiatives. John Wallace ’25, IFC’s vice president of programming, said he is proud of IFC’s commitment to supporting philanthropic causes in the local community.
“We constantly look at ways to improve our philanthropy work,” Wallace said.