Multicultural Greek Council strives to make a difference

Cynthia Salas Salgado the executive vice president for the Multicultural Greek Council speaks to other members of the council. The Multicultural Greek Council met Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 in the Multicultural Center.

Alayna Flor

With four governing councils in the greek community, the Multicultural Greek Council is striving to make a name for themselves.

With fraternities and sororities each involved, there is strength in both numbers and gender.

“The Multicultural Greek Council represents unity between different greek organizations, and we come together to form one council. We come together to support one another,” said Adrienne Fight, junior in pre-community and regional planning.

Fight has been involved with the Multicultural Greek Council for two years, her first year serving as a panhellenic delegate for her sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma. As panhellenic delegate, Fight represented her chapter at the council’s meetings. Now, Fight manages budgets as the vice president of finance. This is her second semester in this position.

Currently there are nine positions on the executive council, all filled by members of the chapters in the Multicultural Greek Council community. Members from four out of the five houses serve on the executive board, and are voted in every calendar year.

“The Multicultural Greek Council is the council under which multicultural greek organizations on the [ISU] campus operate,” Fight said.

The Multicultural Greek council has discussions about finance, recruitment, community service, marketing, events and risk management every Thursday.

Executive members share ideas of how to improve the aforementioned aspects, which have great importance to each represented chapter.

Cynthia Salas, president of the Multicultural Greek Council and senior in liberal studies, understands firsthand the work and time it takes in order to keep this organization running successfully.

“As president, I must keep my executive board moving in a positive direction, ” Salas said. “Encouragement is sometimes hard to give with all that has to be done, but we do what we have to.”

The council has also focused on growing the number of students involved. With strong academics, the council looks for members with determination and passion for the chapter they will represent.

“We do not take just anyone. Despite our small numbers, we will not take in a member for the sake of having membership,” Salas said.

Cultural awareness is another huge focus for the council. As a group, they host multicultural events that are usually open to the entire ISU community. In the past, chapters overseen by the council have had valentine fundraisers, poetry slams, cultural awareness nights and have volunteered their time at local schools to help children read and learn English as a second language.

More information about the council or the chapters involved can be found here.