Welcome to Sorority & Fraternity Life at Cornell University. Our office provides support resources to the self-governed Cornell sorority fraternity community. Sororities and fraternities are values based social organizations, providing members with a tight-knit community of peers, and personal growth opportunities through leadership development and service projects. Many of the organizations also offer a small residential living experience.
The Cornell sorority and fraternity community dates to the first months of University operation during the autumn of 1868. Cornell's co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White, was a strong promoter of fraternal organizations as a means of teaching self-governance to students. Today, we strive to continue that ethos.
New Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life
Kara Miller has been appointed as the Robert G. Engel Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life. As many of you are aware Kara has been serving in the interim director role since early January 2017.
Kara came to Cornell in 2006 after serving as the Coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Miami for three years. During her tenure here she has served as the Assistant Dean of Students and then as the Associate Dean of Students before being named the interim director for the office. In her role as interim director she has provided direction and leadership for the 60+ chapters that make up Greek Life on our campus.
Kara is the President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Affairs and a member of her sorority’s Executive Council. Kara serves on the Project for Excellence Greek Review and was a member of the RARE task force that addressed issues surrounding pledging on our campus. As a result of these experiences and many others over the course of her professional career Kara brings a depth and breadth to her work that will greatly benefit our students.
Please join us all in congratulating Kara as she begins to chart a new course for Greek Life on our campus and continues with her contributions to the overall mission and direction of Campus and Community Engagement.
Apha Lambda Mu fraternity
Cornell Sorority & Fraternity Life welcomes Alpha Lambda Mu (ALM) to the Interfraternity Council. ALM is a Muslim-interest fraternity - the first of its kind to ever join the Cornell IFC - that is built on Muslimn values, and open for membership to all. Its recognition marks a special day for all of us, as the continued success, strength, and unity of the fraternity community is dependent on a strong and robust undergraduate membership.
Cornell Sorority & Fraternity Life welcomes MALIK fraternity to the Multicultural Greek Letter Council. MALIK is one of those collegiate fraternities founded with a strong conviction towards academic excellence, social responsibility and community service on the part of college men and yearning for a common fellowship resting on a solid foundation. MALIK is a progresive groundbreaking African and Latino fraternity that has made a significant mark in the Black and Latino community by way of its dedicated and committed membership and service.
Greeks Give Back
Greeks Give Back is a biannual day of service, formally known as Day of Demeter. A record-breaking 780 fraternity and sorority members volunteered in multiple local community organizations. For more information visit
A video featuring this spring’s Greeks Give Back was filed by Slater Goodman, Sigma Pi member.
Cornell Recognized With Five Awards at 2017 NGLA Conference
On Saturday, the Cornell Greek Community took home two community-wide awards, two council awards, and one individual award at the 2017 Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) conference in Hartford, CT.
The Greek Tri-Council won two Amy Vojita Impact Awards in the areas of civic engagement and public relations for its flagship events Greeks Give Back and One Greek Experience, respectively. The Amy Vojita Impact Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the chapters, councils and communities that have excelled in a certain area and have create a program or initiative that has had a positive impact on their group.
The Interfraternity Council took two additional Impact awards home — winning at the council level in the area of Membership/Recruitment and receiving an honorable mention in the area of Public Relations.
At the individual level, Simone Klein ’17, president of Cornell’s chapter of Order of Omega and of Pi Beta Phi, won the Greek Leader of Distinction Award. This award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of their fraternity or sorority in their daily lives.
Congratulations to all the winners!
An informational webpage as a resource for faculty and students concerning the Jan 27 presidential executive order on immigration: