The Start of Siblinghood
Sigma Epsilon Omega was founded on February 22, 2007 by Travis Garcia and a group of young men who later formed the Alpha class. Motivated by the idea of fusing the Greek and Queer communities on campus, Garcia held meetings in Dwinelle, attracted reporters and news crews, and established the foundation of the siblinghood we all enjoy today. The Alpha class established our core values: Strength, Equality, and Opportunity.
Building upon these values, we uphold the four Pillars of Greek life: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Siblinghood.
- Academic excellence: Encouraged through our study sessions, resources such as our test bank, and guidance from other Siblings and Alumni.
- Leadership: In addition to opportunities provided by the officer positions, our siblings take active roles in various organizations on campus.
- Active Service: Sustained each semester and is expected from all members. We work with LGBTQ+ organizations such as the DreamCatcher shelter in Oakland and Openhouse in the Castro District as well as in local community service events such as the Berkeley Project.
- Siblinghood: A commitment to a lifelong friendship and family. Siblinghood enhances the college experience by providing a home away from home, mentorship, career networking and a sense of community within the #1 public university in the nation.
“Our mission is to maintain a safe and empowering social space that promotes lifelong bonds through scholarship, community service, leadership, and engagement in both the Queer and Greek communities on campus for students with a diverse range of sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
Since our formation, SEO has continued to grow as UC Berkeley’s only Gay & Queer Social Fraternity. Navigating this unique intersection between the Greek and Queer communities, we pride ourselves on a completely open and haze-free pledge process that builds strong siblinghood bonds and fosters personal growth while educating pledges about the queer hxstory and culture that unite us.
Offering a progressive perspective within the Greek community, our siblings advocate for a shared culture of consent, acceptance and respect. Among the LGBTQ+ community at Cal, we maintain active participation in Berkeley’s Queer Alliance and Resource Center as well as with organizations such as Gamma Rho Lambda, the Queer and Ally Sorority; Unity House, the Queer Housing Theme Program; and Oscar Wilde, the Queer Student Cooperative House.
“Vires Per Adversum”
Strength Through Adversity