5 questions with Randy Hubach
Southern Methodist University graduate Randy Hubach is national vice president for outreach for Delta Lambda Chi. DLC, one of the nation’s fastest-growing college fraternities, is geared toward gay, bisexual and progressive male students. Hubach, 24, who lives in Irvine, Calif., got involved when he helped create a DLC chapter at SMU. Today the chapter also covers the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Tell me a little about DLC.
It was started in 1986. Today, we have 26 chapters and nine colonies, with another two colonies entering in September. A colony is a pre-chapter. We have 11 interest groups groups that are in the process of becoming colonies. On average, we get 250 schools or individuals who show serious interest in starting colonies a year. We have about 2,200 members.
I understand you were “blackballed” by a straight fraternity at SMU.
I had rushed another Greek house, and during rush the fraternity president proclaimed, “‘We get all the girls, and there are no gays here.’ It was part of a drunken speech he made. I later started dating one of my brothers, and as a result I was blackballed. That means they don’t invite you to things anymore, you’re not really welcome. It’s kind of a forced goodbye.
How did the idea for the DLC chapter come about?
In the mid-90s, there had been a DLC chapter at SMU, but for some reason it closed. In 2001, when I was a sophomore, we were cleaning out the Women’s Center and we found boxes of wooden paddles and pledge manuals and information about this fraternity. We contacted the national organization and started the process of becoming a colony. We had 12 guys at that time. We started in September 2001 and became a chapter in October 2004.
Was it a struggle?
The process is daunting for a lot of people, but it really shows how dedicated we were that we were willing to go through it. At first there was some resistance in the university, but I think SMU has grown in its acceptance of sexual orientation. There are a lot of key administrators who have changed the course of the university, and some key students and faculty and staff have really made the university much safer and much more understanding.
What are you doing now?
I oversee rush, recruitment, expansion and public relations for DLC. It’s a volunteer position. My regular job is working on a grant for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. The grant involves HIV prevention for gay and bisexual males ages 18 to 29. I’m actually thinking about moving back to Dallas, though. I’ve been job-searching, and Dallas is one of the places where I’ve been looking. I’d like to go back to work for SMU and do something in student affairs or student life.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007