Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. (ΣΒΡ, also SigRho) is a national, collegiate, multicultural, Greek-lettered fraternity. Sigma Beta Rho was founded on August 16, 1996, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The fraternity was originally dedicated to the advancement of South-Asian men in America, but has since expanded to a broader focus.
The National Executive Board (NEB) is the governing body of Sigma Beta Rho, and presides over the nationwide fraternity, which is divided into eight interim regions. Each region is appointed a Regional Governor (RG) by the NEB, who acts as the envoy to his respective region on the behalf of the NEB. Under each RG, there is also a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).
The fraternity’s national philanthropic focus is on its partnership with SOS Children's Villages. Sigma Beta Rho is currently working on establishing an internet-based newsletter, the Seven Star Journal.
Sigma Beta Rho is a charter member of the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA). Sigma Beta Rho member Akash Kuruvilla co-authored the original constitution of NAPA. The fraternity was also accepted into the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) on 15 April 2007 as its 69th member.
Sigma Beta Rho maintains a non-hazing policy.
The first eight members of Sigma Beta Rho, known as the National Founding Fathers, are Saiful Khandker, Shoor Kalam, Russell Abdullah, Bonit Sharma, Rajan Dogra, Neil Datta, Suman Ghosh, and Anuj Datta.
The eight founders originally attended three different college campuses, and came together to form Sigma Beta Rho as a South-Asian Interest fraternity. Sigma Beta Rho’s pronouncement, however, occurred upon the establishment of its Beta Chapter at Binghamton University on August 22, 1998. That same year the fraternity incorporated under the State Department of New York. Since 1998, Sigma Beta Rho has expanded to over 40 chapters and colonies in the United States, and has a total membership of over 2000.
In its first few years of existence, Sigma Beta Rho changed its focus from a South-Asian interest fraternity to one with a multicultural mission. The fraternity's mission advocates the idea that the United States is a cultural salad bowl, and that members should actively embrace both their own cultural heritage, as well as a work towards a better understanding of the greater community.
|Α - Alpha Chapter||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||1996-08-16|
|Β - Beta Chapter||Binghamton University||Binghamton||New York||1998-08-22|
|Γ - Gamma Chapter||St. John's University||Queens||New York||1998-08-22|
|Ε - Epsilon Chapter||Pace University||New York||New York||1999-09-01|
|Ζ - Zeta Chapter||Stony Brook University||Stony Brook||New York||2000-02-02|
|Η - Eta Chapter||Boston College||Chestnut Hill||Massachusetts||2002-06-01|
|Θ - Theta Chapter||Rutgers University||New Brunswick||New Jersey||2001-06-17|
|Ι - Iota Chapter||University of Washington||Seattle||Washington||2003-01-18|
|Κ - Kappa Chapter||University of Rochester||Rochester||New York||2002-12-10|
|Λ - Lambda Chapter||Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond||Virginia||2002-11-24|
|Μ - Mu Chapter||University of South Florida||Tampa||Florida||2001-08-25|
|Ν - Nu Chapter||University of Georgia||Athens||Georgia||2004-05-09|
|Ξ - Xi Chapter||University of Maryland, College Park||College Park||Maryland||2003-04-27|
|Ο - Omicron Chapter||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Catonsville||Maryland||2003-12-13|
|Π - Pi Chapter||University of Florida||Gainesville||Florida||2002-05-31|
|Ρ - Rho Chapter||Temple University||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||2004-11-20|
|Σ - Sigma Chapter||Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta||Georgia||2005-04-02|
|Τ - Tau Chapter||University of Houston||Houston||Texas||2004-03-04|
|Υ - Upsilon Chapter||Drexel University||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||2002-03-30|
|Φ - Phi Chapter||University of the Sciences in Philadelphia||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||2003-04-26|
|Ψ - Psi Chapter||Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach||Florida||2004-11-19|
|ΑΑ - Alpha Alpha Chapter||Florida State University||Tallahassee||Florida||2005-12-10|
|ΑΒ - Alpha Beta Chapter||Northeastern University||Boston||Massachusetts||2007-04-14|
|ΑΓ - Alpha Gamma Chapter||Oregon State University||Corvallis||Oregon||2005-05-21|
|ΑΔ - Alpha Delta Chapter||University of Tennessee||Knoxville||Tennessee||2006-04-28|
|AE - Alpha Epsilon Chapter||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign||Urbana and Champaign||Illinois||2008-04-26|
|Associate Chapter||University of Massachusetts-Lowell||Lowell||Massachusetts||2010|
|Associate Chapter||Baruch College||Manhattan||New York||2006-04-29|
|Associate Chapter||East Tennessee State University||Johnson City||Tennessee||2008-11-19|
|Associate Chapter||Indiana University||Bloomington||Indiana||2010-05-29|
|Associate Chapter||University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||2009-05-31|
|Associate Chapter||Syracuse University||Syracuse||New York||2006-05-06|
|Associate Chapter||University of South Carolina||Columbia||South Carolina||2010-04-18|
|Associate Chapter||Rutgers University–Newark||Newark||New Jersey||2006|
|Associate Chapter||New Jersey Institute of Technology||Newark||New Jersey||2006|
|Associate Chapter||University of North Florida||Jacksonville||Florida||2014-04-10|
|Associate Chapter||Stockton University||Galloway||New Jersey||2015-11-14|
|Colony||Florida International University||Miami||Florida||2007-05-05|
|Colony||George Mason University||Fairfax County||Virginia||2007-11-29|
|Colony||Long Island University||Brooklyn||New York||2008-12|
|Colony||Michigan State University||East Lansing||Michigan||2006-12-10|
|Colony||Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken||New Jersey||2004|
|Colony||University at Buffalo||Buffalo||New York||2001-12-07|
|Colony||University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago||Illinois||2006-05-14|
|Colony||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||Michigan||2013-12-06|
|Colony||University of North Texas||Denton||Texas||2011-10-15|
|Colony||University of Texas at Austin||Austin||Texas||2009-05-03|
|Colony||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga||Chattanooga||Tennessee||2012-11-14|
|Colony||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Blacksburg||Virginia||2004-05-29|
|Colony||Wayne State University||Detroit||Michigan||2014-12-13|
|Colony||University at Albany||Albany||New York||2012|
|Colony||University of Louisville||Louisville||Kentucky||2015-05-04|
|Colony||Rowan University||Glassboro||New Jersey||2017-04-08|
|Colony||Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||Florida||2017-3-25|