The Global Service Initiative (GSI) is unique and Delta Upsilon as an international organization is proud to have developed this initiative. Each academic year, chapters from around the country raise and donate approximately $100,000 to the GSI, where the money is used to buy school supplies for impoverished children in Jamaica. Additionally, the money is used to buy building supplies from Jamaican vendors, and brothers use these supplies to assist in building school facilities during GSI Service Trips. It serves a dual role in that it is not only the international philanthropy, but also the international service project of the Fraternity.
DU developed GSI because we realized it was important for the Fraternity to create experiences that prepare men for success in a new global environment. Developing global awareness and cultural competencies through our work is of significant importance. The idea for GSI came from a challenge from the Board. It was then presented to the Fraternity at the Leadership Institute in 2011 and the Undergraduate Advisory Board voted to approve GSI as the official philanthropy and service of DU.