Kansas’ first Muslim sorority coming to WSU

Wichita State will soon be home to the state’s first Muslim sorority, Mu Delta Alpha Sorority Inc.
Wichita State will soon be home to the state’s first Muslim sorority, Mu Delta Alpha Sorority Inc. Wichita State University

Wichita State University will soon be home to Kansas’ first Muslim sorority.

Mu Delta Alpha Sorority, which started at the University of Dallas in 2014, is expanding to WSU this summer, the university said in a news release. WSU is already home to Muslimahs 4 Change, a recognized student organization founded in 2017 that is an interest group for a Muslim sorority. On Twitter, Muslimahs 4 Change bills itself as “empowering women without compromising identity & unapologetically embracing our diversity.”

The group is now taking steps to become a fully established sorority chapter, the WSU news release said. It already has organized events on campus including World Hijab Day and a women’s self-defense class.

Most recently, Muslimahs 4 Change helped host a candlelight vigil in honor of those killed last month in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques. It currently has eight members, said Rani Somers, WSU’s coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Involvement.

“Adding Mu Delta Alpha Sorority, Inc to our community will be monumental to Wichita State. Muslimah’s 4 Change have already cemented themselves into the fraternity and sorority community by creating intentional events that are open to all students,” Somers said in an emailed statement.

The sorority’s goal “is to instill leadership and professionalism in all members and this organization will provide Muslim women on campus with opportunities for personal and professional growth, while being uncompromising in their faith,” she said.

“The Wichita State community is ready to welcome them with open arms and build upon an already established foundation in Shocker Nation.”

Mu Delta Alpha Sorority is rooted in the Islamic faith but will be open to all female WSU students meeting minimum academic requirements. More details including information on how to join are available at www.mudeltaalpha.org.

WSU currently has 22 fraternities and sororities with more than 950 student members. Last year, the groups raised more than $115,000 for charitable causes and completed more than 30,000 hours of community services, according to WSU.

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