Gamma Chapter History

Founding Period

In the fall of 1999, Johnny Díaz enrolled at UNLV. At the time, UNLV was home to only a few Latino-based organizations. These organizations were mostly focused on political and social issues, and although they served their purposes well, Johnny believed a certain key element was missing to meet the needs of Latino males on campus. Specifically, he believed Latino males at UNLV were missing the concept of brotherhood.

Johnny searched for Latino-based fraternities on the World Wide Web. He was surprised to see there were so many across the country, but none in Nevada. After narrowing down his search to four fraternities that were based in California, he wrote emails to each organization, explaining to them that UNLV had a growing Latino population and that he was interested in establishing a new chapter.

After meeting with the brothers, Johnny decided that Sigma Delta Alpha was right for him. Its members made him feel like a part of the family, and he wanted to bring that experience to his college campus. In January of 2000, he began recruiting fellow students who were interested in helping him establish the chapter. Their pledging process was not an easy one, but the seven founders were determined to succeed. Finally, on September 16, 2001, Gamma Chapter was established.

Multicultural Greek Council

During the 2006-2007 academic school year, four Greek-letter organizations came together to establish the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) at UNLV. The council's founding members include Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Sigma Delta Alpha Fraternity, and Sigma Theta Psi Sorority.

These organizations envisioned a unifying organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of its member fraternities and sororities "through the encouragement of community service and philanthropy, support for high academic standards, and the development of campus and community leaders".

Brother Michael Klein (ΓC Η), who was instrumental in the establishment of MGC, was elected to serve as the council's first president during the 2007-2008 academic school year. The succeeding presidential term (2008-2009) was then occupied by Brother Jorge Carrasco (ΓC Ι).

MGC is now comprised of ten member organizations. Gamma Chapter continues to be an important part of the council.

Students Dedicated to Achieve

In 2008, Brother Francisco González (ΓC Α), along with his assistants Phillip Escalera and Luis Sotomayor (ΓC Λ), coordinated the Students Dedicated to Achieve (SDA) Mentoring Program at Orr Middle School. The program was designed to reach out to economically underprivileged students by motivating them to do well in school and to pursue a higher education. Brothers helped fundraise to provide membership t-shirts and educational materials for the group, as well as to establish a scholarship fund. The program also offered guest speakers, a shadowing day at UNLV, and a trip to the coroner's office.

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