Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference
- Robert Frost
Our pillars of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance were established upon the formation of the Alpha Chapter
at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on August 16, 1996. Our founders realized the unique promise
of a Greek-lettered organization that instills positive values among its members, provides an avenue for
leadership, and promotes self-betterment.
In its nascent stages, these founders understood that they must maintain a constant and growing nationwide network
in order to truly manifest their organizational vision. As such, several new brothers were inducted on August
22, 1998 in New York. At this time, eight men from three different universities were given the status of
National Founding Fathers as they were the visionaries who established the Fraternity for years to come.
Modern day Sigma Beta Rho has grown considerably since its inception. We have expanded from our roots on the
East Coast to forty five recognized active chapters and colonies that span the breadth of the nation. This
growth stems from a reputation for excellent, values-based programming, diversity among our brotherhood,
and alignment with the ideals of many students who strive for a competitive edge before entering a post-globalized
As an organization that prides itself on having individuals from every continent, ethnicity, and religion, we
seek to foster enriching, cross-cultural discourse both amongst our members and within our campus communities.
Through the efforts of our brothers, we have become the largest, most expansive fraternity of our kind in
seventeen years. With each passing day, we strive to take one more step towards realizing the nationwide
network envisioned by our National Founding Fathers.This applies not just to accepting and celebrating the
cultural, racial, sexual, and other differences that characterize our membership, but to an understanding
of brotherhood beyond the ranks of our own organization – not just Greek unity, but humanity as a whole.
This is imagined as an ideal for which we strive – to make a positive impact in and on the lives of others
irrespective of difference.
Our Associate Chapter's History
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign associate chapter was founded in 2008. Thirteen men had a vision
to expand Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. to the Midwest Region. These men were given the status of Founding
Fathers as they would establish the fraternity at UIUC for years to come. More importantly, they were the
foundation for expansion throughout the entire region.
National Founding Fathers
The eight men established this fraternity to foster the ideals of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance amongst
its members. They believed that through their bonds of brotherhood they would be able to establish an organization
that would instill unity amongst its members, promote South Asian culture, and aid the greater community
at large. They felt that the principles of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance would develop leaders from
young men both as undergraduate students on their college campuses and as professionals in their lives upon
These young men would serve as role models and mentors in their respective communities, break down barriers between
different ethnic groups, and through their leadership would aid their communities in this country in attaining
a better and brighter future than it would have had. It is to this end that the brothers of Sigma Beta Rho
work so diligently towards to this day. All the brothers strive to uphold the ideals of Society, Brotherhood,
and Remembrance so that one day our future may be a brighter one.
The modern day fraternity of Sigma Beta Rho has grown to over 2000 brothers with over 45 chapters and colonies
stretching across the United States. Currently we have chapters/colonies in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Washington, Texas, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee,
Illinois, Indiana and Michigan making us the largest and most expansive fraternity of our kind. With a stronghold
of over eight chapters and colonies in New York State and nationally headquartered out of New York City Sigma
Beta Rho has become the most sought after organization of its kind. Together we work to establish the nationwide
network that was envisioned by our founding fathers. As every day passes we realize that we are another day
closer to that original vision. Through the years, we have carried our ideals of Society, Brotherhood, and
Remembrance beyond our original objectives. We accept brothers of all cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs
and promote diversity within our organization. It is our belief that these three pillars help to create strong
leaders for the community.
As a fraternity that strongly believes in giving back to our community through service, we have partnered with S.O.S
Children’s Villages International as our national Philanthropy. Duty to one’s society is instilled in each of
our members at induction and emphasized throughout his undergraduate years. This foundation has been working
with disadvantaged families around the world from more than 133 different countries since 1960 in order to prevent
crises that can lead to family separation. S.O.S Children’s Villages’ focus is on abandoned, destitute and orphaned
children requiring family-based child care. Millions of children worldwide are living without the biological
families therefore S.O.S. provides about 50,000 such children and 15,000 young adults with a permanent new family.
Community service and campus involvement is a crucial component of our chapter evaluations.
In addition to working with S.O.S Children’s Villages International, the University of Illinois Associate Chapter
of Sigma Beta Rho is constantly working toward the betterment of the local Champaign-Urbana community through
the Adopt-a-Highway program, volunteering at local homeless shelters and soup kitchens, assisting the elderly
in day to day tasks, and helping out at the Boys and Girls Club of Champaign.
Brotherhood defines the bonds that hold our fraternity together. Through the development of close relationships within
the ranks of our fraternity, brothers of Sigma Beta Rho know that they are creating relationships that will last
them for a lifetime. Brothers from Sigma Beta Rho are dedicated to each other and are always finding ways to
spend time together. On campus, brothers live together, take classes together, compete in intramural sports together
and participate in a variety of extracurriculars together.
Even after graduation, brothers find ways to stay involved. Through our Chapter’s alumni network and mentorship program,
on-campus brothers have the opportunity to connect with those that have already graduated, creating relationships
and expanding their personal networks. Alumni from our chapter have gone on to companies like Microsoft, Goldman
Sachs, NASA, J.P Morgan Chase, graduate schools while some have started their own companies, even being named
to Forbes 30 under 30 for their accomplishments in entrepreneurship. These are the members of our fraternity
that are always looking for ways to give back.
The brotherhood that each Sigma Beta Rho brother experiences extends beyond our campus to all of our chapters, nationwide.
Brothers from our Chicago, Michigan and Georgia chapters have taken the opportunity to come and visit us, and
we take every opportunity to see our brothers at other schools. National Convention also occurs on an annual
basis, and gives Sig Rho brothers across the nation the chance to see each other.
Our membership is comprised of individuals from all different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and creeds.
As a truly multicultural fraternity, we are committed to promoting diversity and cultural awareness on university
campuses across the nation. It has been said that the best way to realize where you are going is knowing where
you have come from, and that is why we are dedicated to showcasing the different cultures that each of our members
bring. Given that many come from different backgrounds, not only is it necessary for an individual to recognize
and appreciate his/her own culture, but also to be aware of and to appreciate other cultures. At its core, remembrance
is about understanding and appreciating what others have done for the world and taking the initiative to leave
your own mark, be it in terms of service, your achievements or the bonds that you form. Brothers work to empower
each other to make these changes as strong and permanent as possible.
WHY FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT?
LEAVE YOUR MARK ON THE WORLD
What are the social aspects of fraternity and sorority membership?
Just like most other student organizations, Sigma Beta Rho contributes to the social activity on campus, so our National
Executive Board has worked toward the creation of a responsible and safe environment for our members. All of
our chapters have strict policies regarding the consumption of alcohol by underage members and guests as well
as safe consumption for those of age. All members are held accountable to their state laws.
What is the financial obligation?
Like some opportunities for involvement in college there is a financial commitment associated with a joining a fraternity
or sorority. The costs go toward the Inter/National fees, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Financial
obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as living in or out of a chapter house. Typically, these
consist of chapter dues, national dues, and philanthropy dues. We understand the strain these unexpected expenses
can cause on students and/or parents so we offer many type of fundraising opportunities to help.
Is hazing a part of the Sigma Beta Rho culture?
Sigma Beta Rho has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with anti-hazing legislation. Our
New Member Education Process is created solely to educate incoming members about the fraternity, how to be a
successful member, and get the most out of their collegiate experience and fraternal membership. If you sense
your son may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership, please contact our National
Office. All correspondences will be handled in an immediate and discreet manner.
Who is actually in charge of the fraternity?
We have an elected National Executive Board and regional officers that oversee the operations of the organization
at every school. Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization.
These officers are assisted by alumni who act as advisors. Each chapter is responsible to report with our National
office. We offer support, advice, and direction through professional and experienced staff/volunteers. Also,
at each individual chapter, Greek Coordinators are on staff and serve as the primary contacts for the Greek community.
What is Rush/Recruitment/Intake?
Greek organizations practice what is called either Recruitment or Intake. There are two forms of recruitment, formal
and informal. Formal recruitment consists of a “Rush Week” where each chapter will host a series of events for
potential new members. The formal process allows your son to experience the brotherhood and various activities
we engage in. However, throughout the remainder of the calendar year, all young men will have the opportunity
to meet and interact with our fraternity members (informal recruitment). The Membership Intake process to join
occurs at various times throughout the year at the discretion of each chapter, in accordance with university
policies, rules, and regulations.
What is pledging?
All fraternity members experience a period of orientation. During this time, your son and other new members will
participate in weekly meetings to learn about the university and the fraternity history, leadership retreats,
community service projects, and activities designed to build friendships among new members (pledges/associates/candidates)
and the initiated members. SIGMA BETA RHO POLICIES FORBID HAZING, and are committed to a membership education
period that instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in our new members. This period will assist your
student in overcoming some of the concerns about success in college.
What is a philanthropy or service project?
All Sigma Beta Rho members take it as part of their mission to support our national philanthropy (SOS Children’s
Villages) financially and physically. Throughout the year, each chapter spends time fundraising and volunteering
to help the philanthropy. Aside from our National Philanthropy, we support various other charities and not-for-profit
causes such as Breast Cancer Research, Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Club, Prevent Child Abuse Awareness, and many
more. Other service events have benefited the campus and the surrounding communities. Some of these service opportunities
are: Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Girl Scouts of America, Big Brothers and Big Sisters
and Habitat for Humanity. The time spent together on these events is one of the many times that our fraternity
brothers can bond, while making a difference in someone’s life.
How will joining a chapter now benefit me as a student after college?
The life long friendships you will make through this associate chapter can last into post-college years. Membership
in this associate chapter can be a life-long experience. Joining now is really an investment in your future.
Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are he will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members
of the fraternity in the area. In addition, Sigma Beta Rho has a national Alumni Association which provides a
network for our members that could be helpful in finding jobs, internships, or simply professional/personal guidance.
What can I do as a parent or family member?
Be supportive, and learn as much as you can by talking to your son before he joins. Our chapters provide rush packets
and informationals; your son should be encouraged to obtain all provided documents and read the information as
well as attend the events. In addition, allow your son to make their own choice (especially if you yourself were
Greek). Your support should not end after the recruitment period but continue throughout your son’s years in
school. Once your son joins a chapter, take advantage of the opportunities to attend public fraternity events
such as your son’s probate show (introduction as a member of the fraternity). These are great opportunities for
you to see your son interacting with his chapter members, and one more way for you to spend time with your son.