First multicultural fraternity comes to campus

By Clara Witmer • March 22, 2024

Phi Sigma Chi’s Nu chapter was accredited last December, cementing its position as the college’s first multicultural fraternity.

The founding brothers, Shahking Gomez ’25, Jermaine Grant ’25, Ryan Rodriguez ’25 and JaJuan Hall ’25 held their founding line celebration, which revealed the members of the fraternity to the public, on March 7.

The event allowed the founders of the chapter to commemorate their Greek life introductions. Phi Sigma Chi joins the Huitaca chapter of the Mu Sigma Upsilon sorority as the only two multicultural Greek Life organizations among 13 fraternities and sororities.

“It was a huge full circle moment,” Grant said of the celebration. “It felt nice to present ourselves to the campus as fully fledged Phi men, but even more, it felt nice to see the support coming from the community.”

Gomez was inspired to bring a multicultural fraternity to campus after attending a regional Greek life event in the fall of 2022 at which multicultural organizations from the Lehigh Valley presented their chapters. Members of these organizations advised Gomez to contact Jake Bates, the director of fraternity and sorority life at Lafayette.