UGC leaders say the award recognizes the collaborative efforts of all fraternity and sorority members across campus to build and support a strong community.
Clarisa Sandoval, of Westchester, IL, is a senior majoring in special education. She became involved in UGC immediately after becoming a member of Alpha Phi Gamma National Sorority, Inc., in 2015, and currently serves as president. She said after transferring to NIU from a community college, she saw her involvement with the UGC as a way to engage more powerfully and quickly on campus.
“It was important for me to engage this way because I feel that UGC really makes an impact on this campus for the students and population,” she said, adding that the UGC helps to plan and support philanthropic events as well as community-building and awareness events on campus.
Sandoval explained that the UGC is where members of all Greek leadership on campus come together to govern and guide their respective organizations toward common community goals.
“So by being recognized for something means a lot not just to the executive board but to the organizations involved as well,” she said. “We take pride in what we do.”