Seth Paterson ’16: A Voice for the UNC Greek Community

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He’s a perfect addition to the UNC Interfraternity Council. Meet NC Delta’s Seth Paterson ’16, a double major in advertising and psychology who is serving as the IFC’s VP of public relations. “I am proud that UNC’s Greek community has taken a very proactive approach to making the entire Chapel Hill community a safer, more welcoming place as a whole, and we look forward to continuing our progress in this direction in the future.”

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Give us a little background about you.

I’m a rising senior from Durham, N.C., pursuing a double major in advertising and psychology. 

What influenced your decision to pledge NC Delta?

The brothers. I knew one brother who went to the same high school as me, and he introduced me to a lot of the other guys in NC Delta. I found myself going back to more and more rush events and never looked back.

What have been the highlights of your first semester as VP of PR with the IFC?

There have been many high points from this past semester as VP of PR with the IFC. From attending the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values with members of the other three Greek council executive boards to collaborating with the other Greek councils to run a monthly spotlight recognizing the outstanding members of the UNC Greek community, it has been a great semester. The UNC IFC community does so many incredible things, and it has been a privilege to be able to share all of these amazing accomplishments with the greater UNC and surrounding communities. 

What challenges do you think UNC faces in terms of the culture of Greek life?

Like any other Greek and greater college community in the country, UNC’s Greek community faces continued scrutiny amidst increasing calls nationally for greater sexual assault prevention and safety measures. I am proud that UNC’s Greek community has taken a very proactive approach to making the entire Chapel Hill community a safer, more welcoming place as a whole, and we look forward to continuing our progress in this direction in the future.  

What steps is the IFC taking to combat those challenges?

We have worked hard over the past year to strengthen our safety and risk management policies in order to ensure that the IFC is a safe, welcoming community. We have also come together with the rest of the Greek community and greater Chapel Hill community to show our support for victims of sexual assault with events like Sigma Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Walk a Mile in March. 

What makes you the most proud about being a member of the Greek community?

Beyond the staggering statistics of Greeks’ successes after college, I am most proud of the way Greek organizations transform young people into young professionals. Joining a fraternity has offered me so many invaluable opportunities for growth, both personally, and professionally, and it is so rewarding for me to play a small part in the growth of other members of the Greek community in turn. 

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