"Brotherhood beyond all barriers."
This applies not only 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.
To cultivate a global leadership network,
founded in brotherhood,
and impassioned by service
to each other and our world.
SocietyThe ideal Society refers to the community in which one lives. Sigma Beta Rho fosters the belief that individuals have a responsibility to the society to which they belong. It is one's duty as a brother to give back to one's family, community, and fraternity that which an individual has to offer to the ideal of service.
BrotherhoodThe invincible bond that is shared between the members of this fraternity. This bond is symbolized by the word "Qurbani" which is the Hindi translation of the word "Sacrifice". Qurbani represents the strength of our brotherhood and our unity as a Fraternity.
RemembranceAt a time when many individuals share a birthplace different from that of their ancestors, it is necessary for an individual to recognize and appreciate his culture. Sigma Beta Rho not only encourages its members to appreciate their own culture, but also to gain an awareness of other cultures.
Sigma Beta Rho is the premier national multicultural fraternity in the United States. Founded in 1996 on the principles of duty to society, dedication to brotherhood, and the remembrance of cultural awareness, Sigma Beta Rho has since grown to share its goals with over 2,500 men on over 45 college campuses.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell Colony was founded on May 1st, 2010 by six young gentlemen under the guidance of two godfathers from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. These diverse individuals found each other on campus and wanted to create something unforgettable. Coming from mixed cultures, backgrounds, and lifestyles, they embraced the principles of Sigma Beta Rho and fostered an inseparable bond of mutual respect and a celebration of the differences which made them unique. Unified through ambition, these gentlemen became known as the Alpha Class of University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In the years that followed, the Alpha and Beta Classes passed on the teachings of brotherhood beyond all barriers to four additional gentlemen who were inducted as the Gamma and Delta Classes of Sigma Beta Rho at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Colony. The Gammas and Delta Classes earned respect for this organization as they represented their viewpoints and opinions at Greek Council. Believing in a close knit brotherhood and the idea that a fraternity should contribute to on campus activity as much as it does off campus, their enthusiasm has fueled their success in the years following, and they continue to maintain an active presence on campus and the Boston community.
"...in my opinion, nothing in the world is more important than to care for a child."
— Hermann Gmeiner, founder of SOS Children's Villages
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 in order to prevent crises that can lead to family separation. The focus is on abandoned, destitute and orphaned children requiring family-based child care. 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 S.O.S. mother to provide family-based care.
Sigma Beta Rho at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Colony contribute to multiple philanthropies, including fundraising for SOS Children’s Villages; supporting St. Jude's Up 'til Dawn; and spreading awareness for Disable The Label, a club on campus which focuses on equal access, equal opportunity, and unique strengths for students with and without disabilities.