Coming into Fall 2021, the IFC Executive Board recognized that we are effectively dealing with three “freshman” classes. This is what we mean by that:
The Class of 2023 effectively had their freshmen year wiped away. Although they had a semester and a half before the COVID-19 Pandemic forced everyone online, the experience they have is not too much more than everyone else's. The current Junior Class is the second class with the most on-campus experience.
The Class of 2024 is currently experiencing their first year on-campus. Although they are Sophomores, they are still adjusting to the hustle and bustle of walking to and from class. With zero on-campus experience prior to this year, the Class of 2024 is experiencing a lot of things for the first time that the current freshmen class is going through.
The Class of 2025 are current Freshmen. No explanation needed. Freshmen are Freshmen.
With all of this, the class with the most “experience” with in-person interactions are the current Seniors. When COVID-19 hit San Diego State University (SDSU), the current senior class were just Sophomores. How funny is it that those who are the most Senior with experience are those with a little over a year and a half of “experience?”
There is a current leadership crisis that the IFC has been closely monitoring. This crisis is not coming so much from a lack of leaders, but more so from the fact that there is a lack of experiences for leaders to build themselves and test their mettle when faced with interpersonal conflict and personal struggle.
I am a current campus leader. I was 19 when the Pandemic hit and everyone’s lives were changed in the SDSU community. I am now 21. From a socialization standpoint, I am still a Sophomore, not a Senior.
By running for and winning IFC President, I assumed personal responsibility and ownership for a lot of matters related to fraternities and Greek Life. However, I have heavily dealt with Imposter Syndrome. I constantly wonder whether or not I am doing a good job, and whether or not I am doing the right thing with decisions I make. Even now, as I write this Stakeholder Report, I wonder whether or not it will reach the right audience and if it’d even make a difference.
These feelings are real -- they’re not just how I feel on a random Tuesday or Thursday. I work around the clock, 24/7, trying to figure out how I can best serve the community that elected me to serve as IFC President. I field phone calls, make decisions, and fervently think about those that are impacted by my choices.
To combat these feelings, I realized that I had no choice but to be fully vulnerable to those around me. I do this not to just those who I serve or to the Executive Board that looks to me for direction, but to every individual I meet, regardless of affiliation.
Vulnerability, authenticity, and genuinity. Those are the three words I would use to describe the attitude of the IFC Executive Board this year.
All together, the IFC Executive Board approached the Fall 2021 Semester with clear eyes, full hearts, and a can’t lose mentality. We are so excited to share more with you about how we went about that.
RJ Hullum (IFC President 2021-2022)
On behalf of the twelve fraternity chapters that comprise the Interfraternity Council at the San Diego State University, I would like to welcome you to the IFC website.
As a deeply rooted tradition in San Diego State history, the SDSU Greek Community has been a strong, tight-knit community for scholars, athletes, entrepreneurs, and leaders from all over the world.
Since the first chapter’s establishment in 1887, our fraternal system has grown and evolved to now include twenty-one chapters, totaling 2,400 young men and counting, and with individual chapter sizes ranging from 25 to nearly 200 brothers.
With access to numerous leadership and community service opportunities, a solid academic and professional support network, and most importantly the simple, yet powerful camaraderie within each fraternity, the experiences, skills and friendships developed during your time in Greek life will last well beyond graduation.
While the decision to join a fraternity can be a rather daunting task, I assure you that with such a diverse array of fraternities, there is truly a perfect fit for everyone.
I attribute much of my personal maturity and achievements to my decision to go Greek. From the past presidency of my chapter to the on-campus research and summer internship at Apple ahead of me, I will venture to say that the friendships, mentorships, and leadership opportunities found in SDSU Greek life are truly second to none.
The SDSU Interfraternity Council is committed to fostering a welcoming, safe, and engaging community. In doing so, we dedicate ourselves to the following goals for 2021
Prevent and Raise Awareness for Sexual Assault and Mental Health Issues
Commit to and Support Zero-Tolerance Hazing Partnerships with Chapters
Collectively Donate over $100,000 to Charity
Work over 10,000 Hours of Community Service in the San Diego area
Maintain a Higher Average GPA than the All-Undergraduate Average
Whether a parent, prospective fraternity member, or current affiliate, I hope our website will answer any and all questions you may have. If not, please do not hesitate to contact myself or other executive board members with any questions.
Lee Abed (IFC President 2020-2021)
Prior VP's of Diversity and Inclusion
For too long we have been living with fixing issues of the past. For too long we have sought to find equality and true sovereignty among one another. In the past we may have simply overlooked it, we may not have given such pressing issues the time of day. But the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as a whole has decided that today, we have the time.
We believe that everyone, regardless of identity, race, religion, or ethnicity, all deserve to live healthy and productive lives. Here at San Diego State University, we aim to expand the Greek community by breaking down barriers like never before. Working towards a future that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all.
As the organization which oversees and governs the fraternity life here at San Diego State, we recognize the privilege and responsibility we have to our community. We pledge to turn our learnings into actions that lead to greater impact and measurable results. By properly promoting, we mean to do so in a way that echoes true justice. To stray away from the era of band-aid solutions and to enact true change. To truthfully take into account the stories and perspectives of those affected by bigotry, racism, and other acts of discrimination or extreme prejudice.
Our commitment to a diverse and equitable society of Greek men does not stop at simply having uncomfortable conversations. We critically examine our own culture and practices as fraternity men, while working together as a pack to improve, educate, and eradicate. To improve the lives of everyone, by doing everything in our power to create an equal and safe space. To educate our men, because without the proper knowledge, we lack the ability to properly act. To eradicate the injustices and stigmas found within our organization.
We as an organization pledge to ensure that our learnings become actions. With soon to be over 1,000 fraternity brothers, we know and can count on every brother to take action and speak up. We recognize that there will always be more that we can take on, more that we can improve on, and more stigmas to smash.
However, we also recognize that change is slow, and always has been. With this in mind, we can proudly say that our community will be the catalyst to change this. A butterfly effect that will rapidly diffuse around the school. We promise to never stop at band-aid solutions, and do everything within our power to go above and beyond for the sake of our community, city, humanity as a whole.
-Sam Adame (VP of Diversity and Inclusion 2021-2022)
There is a time for change, and that time is now. A time to change our hearts, our minds, and our actions. And what better place to start than with the umbrella organization that oversees the social fraternities here at San Diego State University?
The Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) of San Diego State University, and more specifically, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, has spent a large amount of time researching the various ways we could properly promote DEI within our chapters and within the greater SDSU community.
By properly promoting, we mean to do so in a way that echoes true justice. To stray away from the era of band-aid solutions and to enact true change. To truthfully take into account the stories and perspectives of those affected by bigotry, racism, and other acts of discrimination or extreme prejudice.
Our commitment to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is not only imperative to our goals as an executive board, but also as Greek men, who stand for the values upon which our brotherhoods were founded upon.
We have the opportunity to change thought patterns.
We have the opportunity to positively impact hearts.
We have the opportunity to influence action.
All three of these opportunities have been in our organizational crosshairs from the jump.
Even if we only change one mind, one heart, one action, that singular change can have ripple effects that exemplify the difference we can make as a community.
However, knowing this, we recognize that we cannot force everyone to change.
There is a fine-line to walk between realism and idealism.
We here at IFC are in the business of being real.
And if we can be real, for just a single moment, then allow us to make the following statement:
You’re either going to be a part of change, or you’re going to be left behind.
We are moving forward. Society is moving forward.
We cannot forget the transgressions of the past, and the utter shame that has resulted.
But we have a chance to shape the future in the way we'd like it to be.
So let's talk.
-RJ Hullum (VP of Diversity and Inclusion 2020-2021)