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LGBTQ Support

This site is designed to provide valuable information to LGBTQ+ members of the University of Rochester community who are currently affiliated with or interested in a fraternity or sorority. You will find information about:

  • The Fraternity and Sorority Pillar Program – a collaboration between the Pride Network, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, and Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
  • Member eligibility statements – which will clarify who is eligible to seek membership in each chapter.
  • Resources from local and national organizations

Fraternity and Sorority Pillar Program

The Fraternity and Sorority Pillar Program is an initiative designed to provide a safe environment for LGBTQ+ students who are members of fraternities or sororities and who wish to receive more information, support, and fellowship about their own orientation. The Pillar Program is meant to be a supportive resource through the Pride Network both electronically and through face-to-face interactions. It is also intended as a resource for prospective fraternity and sorority members or those who have an interest in the intersection between LGBTQ+ identity and fraternity/sorority membership.

The Pillar Program will exist as an initiative through the Pride Network, which will provide a safe location for Pillar Members to gather and will provide resources and advocacy to this aspect of the members’ experience.

Pillar Advocates are fraternity and sorority members who wish to serve as resources to current and prospective members. Pillar Advocates are Pride Network members who have participated in Safe Zone Training and are equipped to answer questions about recruitment and membership or provide a connection to other LGBTQ+ fraternity and sorority members. There is no limit or requirement for the number of members who participate from any single organization. Pillar Advocates will be listed on the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website and commit to the following:

  • Be an active member of a fraternity or sorority.
  • Participate regularly in Pride Network meetings and programs (must have attended at least three Pride Network Meetings).
  • Be sensitive and supportive of other students and the particular phase of their identity development.
  • Respect the confidentiality of other students in discussions of LGBTQ+ support and issues in the fraternity and sorority community.

If you are interested in becoming a Pillar Advocate, please contact john.disarro@rochester.edu.

Pillar Advocates

Advocates can answer questions about navigating recruitment and membership, connect you to other LGBTQ* fraternity/sorority members, or simply provide a social connection. Pillar Advocates are expected to contribute to a safe and welcoming environment for our LGBTQ community and to advance such goals within their respective organizations.

Please reach out to a Pillar Advocate if you have questions about LGBTQ+ support in the fraternity and sorority community, including navigating recruitment, supporting members, or providing a social connection. Their contact information can be found in the University directory.

Alexa Annotti – Phi Sigma Sigma

Jesse Bernstein – Delta Upsilon

JP Castano – Sigma Phi Epsilon

Dylan Collin – Sigma Chi

Gillian Crysler – Kappa Alpha Theta

Mary Deng – Alpha Phi

Rachel Ellison – Phi Sigma Sigma

Rachel Farr – Chi Omega

Jhanmarie Ortiz Garcia – Zeta Phi Beta

Imani Glanton – Kappa Alpha Theta

Nic Hesse – Chi Omega

Gina Marcus – Phi Sigma Sigma

Emily Martell – Gamma Phi Beta

Bruno Ribeiro – Sigma Phi Epsilon

Jake Sehnert – Sigma Phi Epsilon

Jess Silverstein – Sigma Delta Tau

Ali Thome – Kappa Alpha Theta

Kailin Zhuang – Kappa Alpha Theta

Membership Eligibility Statements

Trans-inclusion within fraternities and sororities has been a hot topic on campus and around the nation. Fraternity & Sorority Affairs has requested that all chapters send a clear policy or statement on who is eligible to join their chapter to provide more transparency for students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority. If a chapter does not allow trans individuals to join, it does not mean that they do not want to or that they will not be able to allow trans members in the future. Many inter/national organizations and national councils are in deliberation about this issue and the chapters at the University of Rochester must adhere to the policies set forth by their national or international organization. 

* Currently, there are no chapters that have a policy specific to non-binary, genderqueer, or agender members. If you are interested in bringing a gender-inclusive organization to campus, please contact the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, John DiSarro, at john.disarro@rochester.edu.

UR Panhellenic Association

 Any person who identifies as a woman is eligible to participate in Panhellenic Recruitment.

Alpha Phi

Undergraduate students who identify as women are eligible for membership in Alpha Phi.

Delta Gamma

Delta Gamma encourages an atmosphere which will foster the high ideals of friendship among women, promote their educational and cultural interests, create in them a true sense of social responsibility and develop in them the best qualities of character. Similarly, Delta Gamma Fraternity does not discriminate in its membership selection on the basis of race, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disability. Membership is open to women and transgender persons who identify themselves as women. Those selected for membership in Delta Gamma must have good scholarship, be of good character and standing, have an interest in activities which will enhance the academic atmosphere at the college, university or community, and have a sincere desire to contribute to the work of Delta Gamma.

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Alpha Theta welcomes as members, in accordance with the laws of the Fraternity, college women, without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. As some of the earliest women to attend college, Kappa Alpha Theta’s founders fought for inclusion in a frequently hostile educational and social environment. Our mission is to offer women lifelong opportunities for social, intellectual, and moral growth. Those who identify as women are eligible for membership in Kappa Alpha Theta.

Phi Sigma Sigma

Phi Sigma Sigma's constitution, bylaws and policies do not tolerate membership selection based on discrimination. Phi Sigma Sigma is a private membership organization for women. Candidates for collegiate membership in the Fraternity shall be fully matriculated in an institution where a chapter is located and shall be selected based upon their meeting the eligibility requirements prescribed in the local and Fraternity constitutions, and according to the rules set forth by the College Panhellenic Association, the host institution, and the National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements. Therefore, membership in each chapter shall be determined by meeting membership obligations, educational achievement, commitment to our core values and criteria related to the goals and purpose of the Fraternity. Membership is open to all women without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, handicap, disability, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by law or ordinance. Phi Sigma Sigma encourages education on the Fraternity and chapter levels with respect to multiculturalism and diversity awareness and advocates sensitivity to such topics as it relates to daily living situations and fraternity activities."

Sigma Delta Tau

Sigma Delta Tau is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disability. Membership is open to women and transgendered persons who identify themselves as women. Males are excluded from membership, as provided by Title IX, Section 1681, which pertains to social fraternities and sororities.

Chi Omega

Chi Omega is working at the national level to refine our membership policies in defining eligibility to join based on gender. We understand this is a complex issue that affects all of our members and prospective members deeply and personally. As such, our organization wants to be sure we are doing our due diligence to ensure our final policy is thoughtful and respectful both to our initiated members and to individuals seeking membership in Chi Omega. Please reach out to our organization if you have questions about your ability to join Chi Omega—we are happy to speak with you!

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.

Delta Phi Omega does not have a policy, but will allow trans individuals to seek membership.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Alpha Epsilon Pi

For the purposes of membership, the Rho Nu Chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity welcomes anyone who identifies as a man to begin the process of joining our organization. Furthermore, this definition may be altered, if at any time insufficiently inclusive, by the use of a binding resolution to this effect.

Chi Phi

Chi Phi is open to any male as defined by valid legal documentation.

Delta Upsilon

Any individual of merit who identifies as a man is welcome to seek membership in the Fraternity. In any membership decision, including recruitment, pledging, suspension, expulsion, or electing one to Membership in the Fraternity, a Member, Associate Member, Undergraduate Chapter, Colony, Alumni Chapter or the Board of Directors may not discriminate against any male on the basis of his race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship or physical disability.

Psi Upsilon

Membership in Psi Upsilon International Fraternity is open to men and women.  Historically, the Upsilon Chapter of Psi Upsilon has chosen to limit its membership to men, as is its prerogative under the constitution and bylaws of Psi Upsilon.  It is the policy of the Upsilon Chapter that any individual of merit who identifies as a man is welcome to seek membership in the Upsilon Chapter. In all membership decisions, including recruitment, election to membership, suspension, or expulsion, members of the Upsilon Chapter shall not discriminate against any member or prospective member on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, or physical disability except as to limiting membership in the chapter to individuals who identify as male.  In addition, the brothers of the Upsilon Chapter recognize that the journey to understand and accept one’s own gender identity may be a fluid and long-term process.  Membership in Psi Upsilon is a bond that lasts a lifetime, and as such, the brothers of the Upsilon are committed to support any of their number in his personal journey toward self-understanding, acceptance, and transition.

Sigma Beta Rho

Any student that identifies as a man (regardless of sexual orientation) and who is in good standing with the University may become a member of the Chapter unless otherwise provided in this Constitution or the Constitution or Bylaws of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Incorporated. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sigma Phi Epsilon is a national Fraternity built on the brotherhood and fellowship of men. Any individual who identifies as a man is welcome to seek membership in the Fraternity. This policy is intended to uphold the mission of Sigma Phi Epsilon as a fellowship of men and should not be interpreted as changing the all-male character of the fraternity or as a waiver of the Fraternity's exempt status under Title IX.

Theta Chi

"Membership in the Fraternity shall be limited to male persons of good moral character who have been initiated in accordance with these Bylaws and the Ritual, and shall be of two classes: (1) undergraduate, being any member who is in academic residence at an institution of college or university education where there exists an active chapter of which the individual is a member, and has not completed an undergraduate degree; and (2) alumnus, being all other members. There shall be no other classifications of membership, such as “inactive”, or “social”, or “local”."

Resources

The following are a list of both local and national resources. This is not an exhaustive list. If you find another resource that you believe could benefit the University of Rochester community, please email john.disarro@rochester.edu.

Local Resources

Please visit the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center website for a thorough list of University of Rochester resources

National Resources