Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity

Nickname: Sig Rho
Founded Nationally: August 16, 1996 at University of Pennsylvania
Established at STJ: August 22, 1998
Chapter: Gamma
Colors: Red, Black, & Green
Mascot: King Cobra
Membership Requirements: Must have a 2.5 GPA
National Site: http://www.sigmabetarho.com
Contact: Siva Shanmugam, siva.shanmugam11@stjohns.edu

Our pillars of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance were established upon the formation of the Alpha Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on August 16, 1996. Our founders realized the unique promise of a Greek-lettered organization that instills positive values amongst its members, provides an avenue for leadership, and promotes self-betterment.
In its nascent stages, these founders understood that they must maintain a constant and growing nationwide network in order to truly manifest their organizational vision.

Our Founding Fathers sought to foster the ideals of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance amongst its members. Through the bonds of brotherhood, they believed Sigma Beta Rho would function as a vehicle to instill unity amongst its members, promote South Asian culture, and aid the greater community at large. Furthermore, on an individual level, Sigma Beta Rho sought to create leaders who excel not only in their respective college campuses, but also as successful professionals after graduation.

Through their leadership, our brothers serve as role models and mentors in their communities and break down barriers between different ethnic groups, thus contributing their time and effort to attaining a better and brighter future for all. It is to this end that the brothers of Sigma Beta Rho work so diligently. As a fraternity that is heavily invested in service, we have chosen Youth Education and Development to be our national philanthropy. We have isolated youth education as a worthwhile focus since the youth are truly the world’s most valuable long-term renewable resource. Concordantly, we want to plant the seeds of the future now by properly cultivating the present. The underprivileged youth are among the greatest tragedies across humanity. It is our inherent responsibility as concerned global citizens to assess how we might best assist those who need it the most and follow through in providing them with opportunities graciously afforded to ourselves.

Modern day Sigma Beta Rho has grown considerably since its inception. It has expanded from its roots in the East Coast with 40 recognized chapters and colonies that span the breadth of the nation. Through the efforts of our brothers and the reputation that precedes them, we have become the largest and most expansive fraternity of our kind in less than 15 years. As every day passes, we realize that we are another day closer to the nationwide network envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Through the years, we have carried our ideals of Society, Brotherhood, and Remembrance beyond our original objectives. We promote diversity within our organization and are proud to accept brothers of all cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs, as illustrated by the map below marking all countries and heritages from which our brothers hail. With such a diverse foundation of brothers, we continue to create capable and upstanding leaders for the community that has done so much for us.