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Our Community

Our Mission:
The Office of Greek Life advocates for meaningful student engagement. We seek to be partners in providing a holistic fraternity and sorority experience rooted in learning, connection, and development that will equip our students for success at Vanderbilt and beyond.

Greek Life at Vanderbilt dates back before the institution’s founding in 1873. The establishment of the third chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in 1847 marked the beginning of Greek Life in Nashville. At the time, the University of Nashville hosted the chapter of Deke, and ten years later Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity joined the community, followed by Phi Kappa Psi in 1870. Following the establishment of Vanderbilt University in 1873, seven more fraternities joined the community: Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma, Chi Phi, Sigma Nu, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Tau Omega, and Sigma Chi.

Sororities joined the Greek community soon after the university began admitting women in 1892. Out of a need for housing and close friendships, these new female students established two local sororities: Phi Kappa Upsilon and Theta Delta Theta. Within ten years, these two groups affiliated with the national organizations of Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Delta Delta. Since that time 12 more National Panhellenic Conference organizations have established chapters at the institution.

Historically African American Greek organizations joined the Vanderbilt community in 1971 with the founding of a chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. By 1975 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joined the Greek community. In 1990, these organizations, with the help of the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., formed the Black Greek Council to govern the affairs of these five groups. In 1999, the Council formalized its operations and became a chartered council under the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. During that period of time, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. also established chapters at Vanderbilt.

Today, Vanderbilt University is home to a vibrant Greek community including 16 inter/national fraternities and 14 inter/national sororities, representing chapters from the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., the National Panhellenic Conference, and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

Community Annual Reports

Our annual report showcases the amazing work and accomplishments of our fraternity and sorority community during each academic year.

Chancellor Alexander Heard Greek Awards

The Chancellor Alexander Heard Greek Awards were established in 1982 in honor of the retirement of Chancellor Heard. Chancellor Heard served as Vanderbilt University’s fifth Chancellor from 1963-1982 and oversaw many changes in the campus. Under his tenure, Peabody College, Blair School of Music, and Owen School of Management became part of the University. He led Vanderbilt through the turbulence of the 60′s and named the first woman to the Board of Trust as well as created the position of Young Alumni Trustee on the Board of Trust. The Chancellor Heard Greek Awards seek to recognize fraternities and sororities in work across all community priorities areas an to recognize accomplishments of individual members and volunteers.

Outstanding Advisor of the Year
Cleshette Hudson, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Outstanding Campus Partner of the Year
Kerrie Turney, Area Coordinator of Residential Experience 

Outstanding Community Servant
Samaria Swims, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding Social Action Agent
Kelsey Barnes, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Outstanding Sorority Member
Brooklyn Clark, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding Fraternity Member
Joshua Mahabeer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Social Action Award
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Community Impact Awards

  • Alpha Tau Omega (IFC)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Chi Omega (Panhellenic)

Cultivating Member Engagement Awards

  • Lambda Chi Alpha (IFC)
  • Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. (IGC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (Panhellenic)

Health and Wellness Awards

  • Kappa Alpha (IFC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Alpha Delta Pi (Panhellenic)

Personal and Professional Awards

  • Beta Upsilon Chi (IFC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Alpha Delta Pi (Panhellenic)

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Awards

  • Phi Delta Theta (IFC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Alpha Delta Pi (Panhellenic)

Chapter of the Year Awards

  • Phi Delta Theta (IFC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC)
  • Alpha Chi Omega (Panhellenic)