Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs) are an integral part of student life and serve a vital role in the MIT undergraduate residence system. FSILGs have a long history at MIT – the first MIT student housing was provided by fraternities. Today, more than 40% of all MIT undergraduates belong to 37 (very) different organizations. FSILGs provide one-quarter of student housing with chapter houses located in Cambridge, Boston and Brookline.
FSILG students and AILG Board members at the 2017 Leadership Retreat
All the MIT FSILG organizations take an active role in keeping their alumni/ae connected and informed. Those which are also responsible for undergraduate chapters also supply over 200 alumni/ae volunteers in a variety of governance, operations, property management, and advisory roles. The Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) is the federated group of the Alumni Corporations and Advisory Boards involved with the FSILGs. The AILG speaks for the FSILGs and is formally organized with officers and standing committees that are listed under the “Committees” tab on the navigation bar above. New volunteer members are always welcome.
The AILG is led by alum volunteers, with staff and financial support provided by the FSILG Office and the MIT Division of Student Life. More than 60 alums volunteer annually for the AILG. The AILG is the principal voice of the FSILG system with MIT and is a principal vehicle for sharing best practices between and amongst the houses, especially where long-term continuity or judgment are indicated.
AILG meetings are open and participation is always welcome.