In the past, there have been many negative sentiments geared towards the Asian community on the University of Colorado campus.
Seeing a need to represent Asian Americans on campus, something was needed to spread awareness and bring about change. Within the multicultural Greek community, there are historically black fraternities and sororities; Latino(a) fraternities and sororities; a multicultural Asian interest sorority; a gay, bi, progressive male fraternity; and a multicultural sorority.
However, there was no Asian cultural fraternity.
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc. is an Asian cultural fraternity that recently emerged at CU. The mission of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc. is to maintain its fraternal existence by instilling values that nurture and perpetuate the continual growth and development of the individual through academic achievement, cultural awareness, righteousness, friendship and loyalty while fostering ethical behavior, leadership and philanthropy.
Pi Delta Psi was founded on these principles to help promote Asian awareness amongst ourselves and throughout the community. Pi Delta Psi envisioned this to be possible by going out of the boundaries of an organization and creating a fraternity on the basis of common goals and ideals in the form of a brotherhood.
Pi Delta Psi believes that through education, we can become more knowledgeable about the different Asian cultures, overcome obstacles of racism and discrimination, therefore unifying us as a whole.
Last Dec. 6, Pi Delta Psi was brought onto this campus by 10 men: Kiyoshi Koga, Joshua Libid, Duyet Le, Jeffrey Tran, Andy Tran, Derrick Nguyen, Eric Chan, Alexander Phung and Joon Kim.
These men came together for a common cause: to bring about cultural awareness on the campus of CU. Their goals extend beyond just representing the Asian community; they strive to unite the underrepresented community.
For this reason, Pi Delta Psi is collaborating with Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc. to host the second-annual “Culture Shock.”
“Culture Shock” is a multicultural talent showcase. The concept of this event was to bring students of various cultures together and represent their culture. The goal of this event is to promote awareness and understanding about various cultures in their various forms to the campus and greater community.
By holding a talent show, the greater community can be exposed to different cultures and learn about them.
Sigma Psi Zeta and Pi Delta Psi both believe that spreading awareness is vital to cultural understanding. Acts from past performances included martial arts performance, ukulele, a song about the civil rights movement, and Indian dance. These were only some of the acts that were present.
This year, the groups hope the event will be bigger and better and also hope to showcase even more cultures. “Culture Shock” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center. The event is free to attend.
Eric Chan is the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc.’s social chair, alumni chair, webmaster, Multicultural Greek Council representative and banquet chair.