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Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by seven diverse women who sought to create an inclusive sisterhood. The Founders chose to transcend traditional boundaries with the creation of a new Greek letter organization that would embody the ideals of scholarship, service, sisterhood, leadership, and multiculturalism. Despite being met with significant concerns about the viability of such an organization, the Founders held strong to their beliefs and pushed forward in creating the Sorority. Through their commitment and dedication, the dream of founding Theta Nu Xi came to fruition on April 11, 1997.

Over the next few years, the Sorority made great strides. By 1999, Theta Nu Xi had grown to three chapters with expansions to North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The addition of the Beta and Gamma chapters paved the way toward a national structure, and in August 1999 the national organization was founded. The Sorority continued to expand, adding three more chapters by 2000, including the first chapter outside of North Carolina.

By 2000, many of the Sorority’s earliest members were beginning the transition into post-collegiate life, carrying with them the lifelong commitment they made to uphold the mission of Theta Nu Xi. Alumnae who had organized in New York City, Greensboro, NC, and Washington, D.C., began working on creating a structure that would allow them full participation in Sorority activities, as well as membership opportunities for other post-collegiate women. At the National Convention in 2001, a formal structure for Graduate, Alumnae and Professional (GAP) membership was adopted. And the following year, the first GAP chapters were established, making Theta Nu Xi the first multicultural sorority to offer membership to post-collegiate women.

By 2007, Theta Nu Xi had taken flight, growing to 23 undergraduate and 15 GAP chapters and colonies. The Sorority commemorated the milestone by returning to where it all began for that year’s National Convention. Members gathered in record numbers in Chapel Hill, NC to celebrate the achievements of the Sorority, our members, and to look toward the future of Theta Nu Xi.


Today, Theta Nu Xi holds firm to the mission and values on which we were founded, with an eye to our continued growth and success in the future. Our chapters are thriving on campuses and in communities across the country, and they often receive recognition for outstanding members, programs, and service to their communities. Each year, our chapters grant thousands of dollars in scholarships and philanthropic giving, and provide thousands more hours of service to causes as diverse as our membership. Leadership continues to be a way of life for our members, who can be found in professions ranging from law, medicine, and education, to entertainment, theology, and technology.


With our 20th anniversary upon us, we take time to reflect on what we have been able to accomplish since our founding. However, this is only the beginning for Theta Nu Xi.

In the decades to come, we aim to expand our philanthropic reach by establishing a foundation based on the Sorority’s tenets and values. As active members of the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), we will see our membership and influence in the Greek community expand to areas currently untapped. And, we will continue to fight for social justice, and to end racism, bigotry and prejudice in our communities. In the next 20 years we will face new challenges, but we know from experience that by working together we can achieve the impossible. We look forward to our continued successes and we invite everyone—members and supporters—join us on this journey.

Our best is yet to come!