History of Chi

The Chi Chapter of Michigan State University was originally open from 1991 to 1992. Very little is known about the chapter during that time.

However, a simple google search for “gay fraternity” by one of our founders changed everything. In August of 2009, six gentlemen were inducted as the Epsilon class of what was then the Michigan State University colony. With their induction, Delta Lambda Phi returned to Michigan State University.

Under the guidance and leadership of our colony mentors, Swen Ervin, Dak Aldrich, and Stephen “Chris” Christanto, the colony grew. The colonists worked hard to establish traditions and recruit new members.

In January 2010, the colony held its first fundraising event at Spiral Dance Bar in Lansing. This first event helped publicize the fraternity and began an invaluable partnership that still thrives today. 

In April of that same year, the colony took an important step toward integrating with the LGBTQ+ community at Michigan State by joining the Coalition of LGBTQ+ Student Organizations. By attending weekly meetings, the colony helped plan campus-wide events including MSU Pride Week, National Coming Out Day events, and a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Over the next three years, the colonists of the Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, and Kappa classes worked together towards their chartering.

On February 2, 2013, the Michigan State University colony rechartered as the Chi chapter with thirteen founding brothers. This reestablished Delta Lambda Phi as the only queer Greek organization at Michigan State University.
 
Shortly after rechartering, Chi joined the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). MGC is one of four governing Greek councils at Michigan State, and it is made up of eleven culturally diverse fraternities and sororities. 

On December 9th, 2015, the Chi Chapter brought in its largest pledge class ever with eight new members. The Pi-Corcoran pledge class is still the largest class that Chi has ever initiated.

Pi-Corcoran Class, Inducted in Fall of 2015

In July of 2016, the Chi Chapter won “Chapter of the Year” at Delta Lambda Phi’s annual international convention. This was a major accomplishment for us as we had only been a chapter for three years.

February 2nd, 2018 marked the five year anniversary of Chi’s rechartering. Since chartering, the Chi chapter has initiated 48 new brothers, raised thousands of dollars for local and national charities, collaborated with other queer and multicultural organizations to bring awareness and education to Michigan State’s campus, and made its presence make a difference on its community and the world.


In 2019, only three years after winning it for the first time, the Chi Chapter won “Chapter of the Year” again at the Delta Lambda Phi annual convention. This recognized the continued growth and excellence of the chapter within the larger international organization.