As a first semester freshman at Adelphi, I felt like there wasn’t a place where I could call my home here. Especially after the recent election, I desired something that would make me feel safe and where I could be myself. Adelphi’s multicultural community is severely underrepresented on campus. Greek life on campus only included 1 multicultural fraternity and I felt like IND could change the culture here. And that is exactly what it did. Any and every event that we attended or hosted, 20 or more brothers from around the area showed up and made our presence known. IND opened up numerous opportunities for each of us, whether it was job offers, leadership positions, or being able to speak on panels discussing racism on campus. The main goal at Adelphi is and will continue to be promoting the sense of true brotherhood that Iota Nu Delta has. We try to provide a platform where any man, regardless of race or belief, can unlock their full potential and have a positive effect on the campus now and for the years to come.
Starting a college career at a big, city school, you’re offered the typical South Asian cultural clubs like the Indian/Pakistan clubs, dance teams, and religious organizations. With the large number of South Asians attending the school, every individual just seemed like another addition to the current organizations that continued their typical annual events without much innovation. Things became dull quickly and I strived to make better use of my limited time in college.
The most interesting moment of our journey to set up Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc. at BU was seeing every interest for the very first time. The 5 of us came from very different walks of life and approached the Brotherhood separately, but with the same mindset of creating a legacy that could exist beyond our time and outside the norms already existing at the school. We quickly realized that our main purpose was to create a platform to establish strong and intricate networks, a model to aid growth for professional and personal development, and most importantly, a path to make boys into men.
Five unique individuals that weren’t friends, walked out of the interest meeting with a shared promise to forever change the South Asian culture in Boston and build a foundation for the men that would follow for years to come. This was the spark to the revolution Boston needed, the humble beginnings of the Beastly Boston Colony, our Path to Shakti.