Eta Iota Sigma (HIS), a Christian sorority within the Independent Greek Council, and TCU’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), a historically black sorority in the National Panhellenic Council, are collaborating for Homecoming weekend starting with Friday’s parade.
Annaliese Miller, HIS vice president, said she wanted to do something with AKA after going to one of their events.
“I went to one of their regular Sunday dinners last semester, and I loved it,” Miller said. “They were all so friendly, and I wanted to get to know them better.”
Taylar Green, president of AKA, said Friday’s parade will be her first in her experience with AKA.
“We wanted to partner with an organization we felt had values close to us,” Greene said. “So we thought, why not partner with them? It would be a great way to unite women on campus.”
The theme of the parade is “Where the West Begins,” and the two sororities have created a float that shows Texas is Horned Frog nation, Miller said.
Kelsey Werner, HIS president, said that the collaboration with AKA is a great opportunity for them to reach out to the Greek community.
“HIS wants to be more involved in Panhellenic, IFC and the multicultural organizations,” Werner said.
Miller said the collaboration with AKA has been successful.
“They’ve been great to work with,” Miller said. “They’ve been really dedicated and committed to helping us out and doing all that they can to contribute.”
Green said that HIS and AKA can relate on being smaller organizations not involved in Panhellenic.
“We align on values and the same feelings that we’re smaller on campus and not the dominant groups on campus,” Green said.
Green said that her organization did not want to get lost in the larger Greek community due to its size. She said she thinks collaborations are a good way to get to know other organizations and show them what her sorority’s values are.
“Our cultures a big part of who we are, and we want to keep our cultural identity,” Green said. “We want to bring that to the TCU community and through collaborations I think it would benefit us to get to know more about the Panhellenic and Multicultural Greek Council organizations and for those organizations to get to know us.”
The homecoming parade was Friday at 6 p.m. The two groups are also doing a joint tailgate Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. before the game.