I remember coming to Texas Wesleyan spring 2012. As a transfer student I looked for what kind of activities I could get involved with.
When I attended Texas Southern University I wanted to be in the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. At first I heard from a classmate that Wesleyan had divine nine, which are the African-American fraternities and sororities.
Eventually I heard Wesleyan does not have divine nine frats or sororities. Disappointment overcame me. I really wanted to join.
After asking students on campus “Why don’t we have any divine nine?” I realized that it is not Wesleyan staff, student and faculty’s fault. One of the divine nine chapters could be established if enough people got together to start one.
One student in a sorority at Wesleyan mentioned that when it comes to meetings, not enough African-American students show.
I think if we could get more participation we could start a chapter or two. Not all schools have all nine of the divine nine. It’s usually just two or three.
The most known frats for divine nine are Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma’s.
The popular sororities are Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta.
If we had enough participation we could bring the majority to Wesleyan. I know in our conference Jarvis Community College, Wiley College and Paul Quinn University have some of the divine nine at their schools.
One of my classmates suggested that she and I start a petition. We started one two weeks ago and have found at least three interested students.
Where are all the African-American students who want to make a life-long connection? Who wants to help people through service projects and have social activities?
I am one of those people. I think it is important to have at least one African-American organization on campus to represent the 13 percent of African-American students at Wesleyan.
This is what my classmate Candace Johnson, a senior mass communications major, and I are trying to achieve. We are going through the motions.
First, get as many names as we possibly can to start a frat/sorority. Student Life requires a group of people come to them with at least a six interested people.
Since we are a small school it will take that many students to start a frat/sorority.
Once the petition is presented to Student Life, a student must fill out a campus organization form. Some school organizations and have weekly, monthly or yearly dues.
It has to be approved by the Student Government Association [SGA]. If the form gets passed, the committee will submit it to National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated.
The Pan-Hellinic Council is the people who oversee the African-American fraternities and sororities.
If you are down with being a part of a system and a family-like organization, help out. One person can make a difference.
Katherine Williams; Staff Writer; firstname.lastname@example.org