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Our Roots

On August 16th, 1996, Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. was founded at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. In our nascent stages, our founders understood that they must maintain a constant and growing nationwide network in order to truly manifest their organizational vision. As such, several new brothers were inducted on August 22, 1998 in New York. At this time, eight men from three different universities were given the status of National Founding Fathers as they were the visionaries who established the Fraternity for years to come.

Modern day Sigma Beta Rho has grown considerably since its inception. We have expanded from our roots on the East Coast to forty five recognized active chapters and colonies that span the breadth of the nation. This growth stems from a reputation for excellent, values-based programming, diversity among our brotherhood, and alignment with the ideals of many students who strive for a competitive edge before entering a post-globalized working world.

Transformation of Sigma Beta Rho

Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. was a South Asian based organization at the time of our founding. Since our inception, our founders and leaders realized the unique promise our organization had as it spread to connect members from other backgrounds and ethnicities. Now, our organization prides itself on having individuals from every continent, ethnicity, and religion, who seek to foster enriching, cross-cultural discourse both amongst our members and within our campus communities. 

Through the efforts of our brothers, we have become the largest, most inclusive fraternity of our kind, which promoted the organization to change from a South Asian based fraternity to a truly Multicultural fraternity. With each passing day, we strive to take one more step towards realizing the nationwide network envisioned by our National Founding Fathers.

Our Pillars


As a fraternity that is heavily invested in service, we have chosen S.O.S. Children’s Villages International to be our national philanthropy. This foundation has been working with disadvantaged families around the world (over 133 different countries) since 1960 to prevent crises that can lead to family separation. The focus is on abandoned, destitute and orphaned children requiring family-based childcare. Millions of children worldwide are living without their biological families therefore S.O.S. provides about 50,000 such children and 15,000 young adults with a permanent new family, with a ’24 hours a day’ new SOS mother to provide family-based care.

We have isolated this 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.

In the past, we have raised over $15,000 in a single year to put towards constructing new villages and maintaining the already existing 450+ villages worldwide.

As of 2009, we have officially and exclusively allied ourselves with SOS Children’s Village International, an organization that directly impacts the lives of underprivileged children across the world. By helping to provide orphans with caring families and helping poverty-stricken children overcome their plight, we are making the definitive difference in the lives of dozens of children.



An annual event that brings together brothers from around the country for a weekend of events and camaraderie.


Semi-Annual conferences hosted within each region, geared towards teaching brothers how to successfully run their chapter.


Biennial conferences hosted by National Executive Board to provide a platform for leadership development and organizational growth.


Semi-annual awards are given at a local and/or regional level to recognize brothers for their hard work and dedication to the organization.


These could be local, regional, or national tournaments in various sports such as basketball, football, and soccer to promote teamwork.


Occasionally, chapters or regions host outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, boating, and many more.


Our membership is comprised of individuals from all different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and creeds. As a truly multicultural fraternity, we are committed to promoting diversity and cultural awareness on university campuses across the nation.

Our Vision

This applies not just to accepting and celebrating the cultural, racial, sexual, and other differences that characterize our membership, but to an understanding of brotherhood beyond the ranks of our own organization – not just Greek unity, but humanity as a whole. This is imagined as an ideal for which we strive – to make a positive impact in and on the lives of others irrespective of difference.

Our Mission Statement

To cultivate a global leadership network, founded in brotherhood, and impassioned by service to each other and our world.