Fraternities and sororities may have a new way to pool their resources together as the Professional Fraternity and Sorority Council (PFSC) aims to become official.
The council aims to help recruit more members to each fraternity and sorority and provide a resource to the students about the different advantages of the groups. There are currently approximately 300 UC Davis students involved in professional fraternities and sororities.
“Professional fraternities are usually undermined by the regular Greek social fraternities,” said Sergio Blanco, founder of PFSC and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. “We get put into the same category as only caring about parties.“
The idea started with Blanco last spring during his ASUCD Senate term, and has been pursuing it ever since.
“I was newly elected into senate and wanted to put on events in campus about the professional fraternities, but couldn’t because of the budget cuts,” Blanco said.
The council already has several fraternities and sororities, including Phi Alpha Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Pi, Theta Tau, Sigma Alpha and Phi Delta Epsilon, which range from pre-law to engineering.
According to Steven Lee, vice president of Phi Alpha Delta and partner to Blanco in pushing forward the PFSC agenda, any professional fraternity and sorority can join.
“What we want to do is welcome all professional oriented fraternities and sororities,” Lee said. “We want them to feel that [the PFSC] is worth their time.“
Currently there are only two requirements to join the PFSC, Lee said. They include being a fraternity or sorority that focuses on a specific field professionally, and have an interest in working with a body that encourages collaboration and working together.
Once in the PFSC, each fraternity or sorority will put forth a member to serve as a representative to the council.
“We want to maintain each individual member autonomy,” Lee said.
For the past week the PFSC has been advertising to spread their name and collect more members. They have been wearing matching shirts as well as putting up information about themselves on DavisWiki.
The marketing campaign was an idea fostered by Lee that PFSC has been working on for a while.
“Steven picked up [the work] a lot while I was involved in senate,” Blanco said. “He has been helping me every step of the way.“
The PFSC is currently drafting a constitution as well as working on becoming officially registered with Student Programs and Activities Center. They have also had a few meetings. Most of the red tape has been put aside for now in order to focus on the marketing campaign, Blanco said.
“The more students we get, the more people that can get involved with the PFSC,” Blanco said.
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