Mission and Vision
The Office of Greek Life is a team of caring and committed advocates for a fraternity and sorority experience that upholds the values espoused by their organizations and Vanderbilt University. With the support of campus partners, international fraternity and sorority staff, and alumni, we provide opportunities that support student learning and add value to the collegiate experience. Our vision is a community where the fraternity and sorority experience is meaningful for all members and supports Vanderbilt University.
Core Areas of Responsibility
- Advise four Greek governing councils, Intercultural Greek Council (IGC) Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council (NPC), and the respective chapters within each council – approximately 35% of the undergraduate student body in 26 chapters.
- Provide support and guidance for all chapters to ensure the successful completion of the Greek Member Experience program.
- Manage a deferred recruitment/intake process for all organizations for more than 900 potential new members annually.
- Coordinate large scale Greek events, such as Trick-or-Treat with Greeks & Athletes and the Greek Awards process.
- Responsible for facility management of 25 University-owned Greek houses on Vanderbilt’s “Greek Row” with a budget of over $800,000 annually. In addition, we assist with renovation projects that can exceed $1.5 million dollars.
- Engage in training and education for Greek members and chapter officers by organizing leadership workshops and retreats.
- Interact with and create support from a variety of constituents including alumni, parents, and (inter)national organizations.
- Work with the Office of Student Accountability & Community Standards and student judicial bodies to handle disciplinary situations and assist with investigations involving fraternities and sororities.
- Manage crisis situations that occur at chapter events or facilities involving members or guests.
The overall percentage of undergraduate students that are members of Greek organizations was 32% in 2019-2020. Overall membership has stayed between 30% – 46% since 2000.
High performance in the classroom continues to be an area of strength for the Greek community. You can access our community academic grade reports here.
Sorority and fraternity members consistently give back to the Nashville and broader global community through community service and philanthropic work.
IFC Inclusivity Agreement
The IFC Inclusivity Agreement was created in cohesive partnership between the fraternity presidents and the council leadership to ensure that potential members, current members, and alumni members of the Vanderbilt Interfraternity Council community feel that their membership experience supports their personal identity. The Inclusivity Agreement outlines a commitment and strategy for creating a supportive environment for members from all backgrounds including but not limited to socio-economic status, racial identity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, physical ability and any other individuals identity.
Lights on the Lawn
This annual benefit concert sponsored by IFC has raised over $500,000 for the Mary Parrish Center, a therapeutic transitional living center for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, over the course of the last eight years.
Come to Me Campaign
The Come to Me Campaign was started by a Greek leader in Fall 2016 to promote mental health awareness and education across the Vanderbilt community. More information about Come to Me can be found here.