"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.
On May 31st, 2002, four men came together to establish Sigma Beta Rho at the University of Florida - Akash Kuruvilla (Founding Father Piñata), Aleem Kanji (Founding Father Blaze), Kevin Patel (Founding Father P.L.O.P.) and Anurag Singh (Founding Father Waldo). These individuals went on to serve as the primary expansionists of Sigma Beta Rho across the Southeast region - going on to establish additional Chapters in Florida, Georgia and Texas.
"...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.
We have the unique opportunity to spread awareness of our Fraternity's National Philanthropy, SOS Children's Villages. As this organization has personally affected several brothers of our Chapter, it is all the more important for us to promote its interests in providing safe and loving homes for children across the globe. Additionally, we have the honor of contributing to the Akash and Shai Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund; established to honor our late Founding Father, Mr. Akash Kuruvilla and his sister. Shai Kuruvilla. In addition to contributing to the scholarship fund which selects well deserving students from around the country, our Brothers have the privilege of serving on grading committees during the annual scholarship application cycle.