Building Lifelong Connections

January 16, 2024 Meredyth Wiegand

The transformative power of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Southwestern.

The core of a student’s Southwestern Experience hinges on the sense of belonging. For some students, it can be challenging to feel like a part of the larger institution versus being a member of a smaller, tight-knit community within the University. This is where Fraternity & Sorority Life becomes a bridge, offering students involvement and meaningful connections.

Friendship is at the heart of Greek Life. Fraternities and sororities offer members unwavering support, valuable mentorship, and enduring friendships. Rooted in over 100 years of shared values, service, and aspirations, the bonds formed within brotherhoods and sisterhoods become an integral part of each member’s journey. These organizations create a network of lifelong friends who stand by one another through the various chapters of life.


Beyond the camaraderie and social aspects, Southwestern’s Fraternity & Sorority Life is a hub of learning and personal development. The chapters maintain high standards of scholarship and provide a supportive environment that fosters academic achievement. Workshops, conferences, and educational programs are not just formalities but opportunities for positive leadership development, diversity training, and conflict resolution. These experiences contribute to the holistic growth of each member, and the benefits extend far beyond graduation to become a gateway to a powerful professional network throughout members’ careers.

“Fraternity and sorority members will get to know people who will ultimately become their friends, and many will stay in touch throughout their lives. That’s really powerful,” Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life Jeff Doyle said. “The network in Greek organizations post-college is strong. I’ve seen people from these groups use their alumni networks to find jobs and seek career advice. They are creating a family outside their family of origin that helps them be successful.”

Greek organizations provide abundant opportunities for developing leadership skills, enabling members to become confident and influential leaders on campus and in the world. Whether students assume roles as officers, lead committees, or organize events, they have the chance to enhance their leadership abilities within a supportive environment. These experiences shape their character and will set them apart in future endeavors.