GLO (Greek Life Organization): Specific fraternities/ sororities
Active: A member that has been fully initiated and is in good standing
PNM (Potential New Member): For many organizations this has replaced the term “pledge.” It is an individual who is interested in joining a GLO.
Legacy: This can vary depending on the organization but it is typically when an individual’s parent/siblings/ grandparents were the member of a GLO. This individual MAY get special treatment from that particular GLO.
Badge: The pin worn by a fully initiated member.
Bid: An invitation to join a specific GLO.
Chapter: A local branch of a GLO.
Hazing: Forcing a PNM or new member to do things that are embarrassing, harmful, or emotionally distressing in order to become initiated.
Philanthropy: Charitable efforts made by GLOs
Initiation: The ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.
Ritual: Secret traditions of a GLO, typically ceremonies.
Quota: The number of new members a GLO may initiate
New Member: a member who has not been FULLY initiated
NPC (National Panhellenic Conference): The umbrella organization that governs 26 of the national sororities
NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council): The umbrella organization that governs historically African-American GLO’s, aka-the divine nine.
NALFO (National Organization of Latino Fraternal Organizations): The umbrella organization that governs Latino GLOs.
IFC (Interfraternity Council): The umbrella organization that governs men’s fraternities.
NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference): An umbrella organization that governs over 50 men’s fraternities.