"Truly remarkable leadership is not just about motivating others to follow, it's about inspiring them to become leaders themselves and setting the stage for even greater opportunities for future generations." ~ Condoleeza Rice, United States Secretary of State
Making the decision to join a Greek-Lettered organization will open up many leadership opportunities. Fraternity and Sorority members are known for their involvement and commitment to Duquesne University. From scholarship honoraries, to service organizations, athletics, and student government, our members become involved in many campus activities. Our student leaders have been regularly elected to serve in the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive leadership.
There are also many opportunities within each individual chapter to hold positions which allow individuals to gain leadership abilities. Each chapter govern's itself with its own elected officers. As a whole, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) supports the Fraternity community representing the men's organizations, and the Panhellenic Council represents the women's organizations. These bodies are made up of executive officers from various chapters as well as representatives from individual groups.
Almost all chapter's at Duquesne have national affiliation. This means that they have chapters located across the nation, some even internationally. Every year these chapters participate in Regional and National Conferences, which bring together members from all chapter locations. During these conferences, members learn about developing their chapters and make lifelong connections.
The aspects of Fraternity and Sorority membership do not end with your collegiate career. Many Greek alumni are very active as DU alumni. With their help and support they keep the Greek Community, as well as the Duquesne community as a whole, thriving. Much of the money donated to the university comes from Greek Alumni.
As you can see, there are many ways one can be involved in leadership positions within the Greek community. From local to national levels, there is a place for everyone to benefit from the leadership opportunities that stem from Greek Life. It is a lifestyle that fosters growth and self-confidence, and judging by the facts below, some of the countries' greatest leaders took advantage of this.
* 85% of Fortune 500 executives are Greek
* 85% of US Supreme Court Justices since 1800 have been Greek, including the
first woman Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor
* 7 out of 10 of those listed in Who's Who in America are Greek
* 76% of all U.S. Senators and Congressmen are Greek
* All but two U.S. Presidents since 1825 have been Greek
* 43 of 50 of the nations' largest corporations are led by Greeks