Sorority Councils: What do they all mean?

There are 8 main sorority councils for national organizations. You may recognize a few of their names but some may be slightly less familiar. They all serve different purposes, different chapter members, and different bylaws and creeds. I’m here to tell you more about what they are all about and how these different councils can serve you as a member of Greek life.

8. National Panhellenic Conference 

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Date of Establishment: 1902

Chapter Members: 26

Countries they serve: United States and Canada

Organization type: An umbrella organization for 26 (inter) national women’s sororities

Purpose: The National Panhellenic Conference provides support and guidance for its 26 member inter/national sororities/women’s fraternities and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. Founded in 1902, NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing more than 4 million women at 655 college/university campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Each year, NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities.

Activities: NPC has alumnae chapters that help with events that occur on college campuses and that host their own social and philanthropic events. Undergraduate chapters have NPC meetings regularly and elect officials on their respective campuses to discuss recruitment, finance, new member services, and many other topics.

7. National Pan-Hellenic Council

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Date of Establishment: 1930

Chapter Members: 9

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: A collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities that is informally known as the divine nine.

Purpose: Each constituent member organization determines its own strategic direction and program agenda. Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the communities they serve. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.

Activities: The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

6. National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations

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Date of Establishment: 1998

Chapter Members: 18

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella council for 18 Latino Greek Letter Organizations.

Purpose: The purpose of this umbrella council is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

Activities: NALFO has 20 member organizations from across the United States who meet bi-annually for a spring convention and a fall business meeting.

5. National APIA Panhellenic Association

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Date of Establishment: 2006

Chapter Members: 14

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: Formerly known as the National Asian Greek Council, it is an umbrella organization of collegiate fraternities and sororities that can unite Asian Fraternities and Sororities.

Purpose: A national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans and an outlet for discussion by the organizations.

Activities: The organization hosts national leadership summits and local philanthropic events.

4. National Multicultural Greek Council

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Date of Establishment: 1998

Chapter Members: 11

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella council for eleven Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations.

Purpose: The founding members’ vision was to create a fraternal forum to increase communications and connections between multicultural fraternities and sororities, thereby creating a community of organizations dedicated to the promotion of diversity and service. Since that time, NMGC member organizations have recognized the need for the Council’s greater involvement in the development of its membership. The NMGC needed to become much more than a mechanism through which like-minded organizations could work together, but rather a council that would also strengthen the presence of its member organizations on college campuses while fortifying ties with college/university professionals.

Activities: The national board of directors and the local councils under the larger council meet regularly and have seven different committees that you can join including the board of regions, research, heritage, strategic planning, membership, programming, and finance.

3. National Interfraternity Music Council

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Date of Establishment: Depends on the campus the council is present at

Chapter Members: 7

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: The NIMC is composed of the national or international presidents of seven music fraternities and they meet annually to discuss matters of mutual interest and have local branches and shared campus agreements if more than one of their organizations is present on any one college campus.

Purpose: Unlike other inter-fraternal organizations such as the North-American Interfraternity Conference, the National Panhellenic Conference, or the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the NIMC is not an incorporated body nor is it organized to regulate the actions of its member organizations. Rather, the NIMC is simply an annual gathering. However, formal agreements between the member organizations may be made.

Activities: An annual gathering of the member organizations is organized by the respective organizations’ national presidents.

2. United Council of Christian Fraternities & Sororities

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Date of Establishment: 2006

Chapter Members: 6

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella organization for the Christian fraternities and sororities.

Purpose: UCCFS brings together Christian fraternities and sororities working to have a greater impact at university campuses and communities and gives them legitimacy among their peers in the ministerial and university systems.

Activities: They seek to have all their members be impactful leaders in the kingdom of God through being on one accord, forming a cooperative ministry and providing leadership training for the Christian fraternity and sorority movement.

1. National American Greek Council

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Date of Establishment: 2004

Chapter Members: 12

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella organization of organizations with active presence only regionally and locally that provides Greek unity.

Purpose: A place for all cultural Greek- Letter Organizations that would like to create a national presence and cultivate greek unity. The NAGC is working hard to give a solid base for greek- letter organizations (GLO) to rely on. We hope with the time, determination and expertise of the executive board of the NAGC that this will become a foundation for GLO’s all over the country . They promote greek unity and encourage greek letter organizations to find their strength and usefulness in that purpose. They are also always accepting new applicants if your organization is interested.

Activities: The NAGC provides resources and has an executive council in order to support their members with whatever they may need. They help put on philanthropic and social events.

No matter the letter we’re all Greek together. 

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10 reasons why you should have friends outside of Greek life

This seems like a no-brainer but to some it may be a difficult concept. It’s great to be friends with all of the amazing women in your sorority and in Greek life as a whole. That said, it’s also very important to not limit those you make friends with by their affiliations to the Greek system you hold so dear. If you’re wondering why this is so important I’ve listed just a few reasons below:

10. They are a great unbiased outlet for listening to all the ups and downs you may experience in your sorority.

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9. They will listen to every officer speech, rho gamma presentation, and big/little poem you ever write because they genuinely care about your success in your organization.

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8. They will introduce you to other clubs, teams, and organizations on campus you may want to get involved in as well.

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7. They will always remind you to take a step back from sorority drama and remember why you joined in the first place.

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6. They will get you talking about things not related to Greek life when you really just need a break from it all.

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Why Rosie the Riveter Would Make the Perfect Recruitment Chair

Rosie the Riveter and recruitment chairs share many common traits. They know how to accomplish all the tasks of the job that needs to be done. They are strong, independent women who have a powerful presence.

These are just a few of the traits that would make Rosie a great recruitment chair so stick around…

10. She knows how to inspire others. 

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In every task she does Rosie acts as a mentor. She is the best big, grandbig, and leader because she is constantly aiming higher.

9. She works hard.

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Rosie is not the type of woman to half-ass any task. She is dedicated and is a force to be reckoned with so listen up!

8. She has admirers like the lovely  Beyoncé and thousands of sorority women nationwide. 

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She is the woman who inspires her little and all those under her care to do better and work harder in everything they do. She is the woman who everyone loves and admires.

7. She knows how to take charge of any situation. 

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Rosie is a woman of action. She will exceed the recruitment quota every time guaranteed and will make sure every recruitment round is running according to plan.

6. She is willing to speak to anyone about causes she is passionate about. 

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Whether she believes in the theme, the type of women your sorority is looking for, or the type of activities she hopes to put on, this woman is passionate. She knows what she wants to do and will find the people necessary to help her do it.

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Sisters in Christ, Sisters for Life

Many National Panhellenic Conference sororities were founded on Christian values. Some have chapter chaplains, crosses on their crests, or bible verses within their creeds. Sororities have always been steeped in tradition and there are even organizations that were specifically founded so members would not have to compromise their values. Some of the most popular Christian sororities include Kappa Phi, Alpha Delta Chi, Alpha Nu Omega, Sigma Phi Lambda, Delta Psi Epsilon, and Sigma Alpha Omega.

I am here to tell you more about what sets them apart: 

6. Kappa Phi 

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National Website: http://www.kappaphi.org/ 

Founding Date: 1916

Number of active chapters: 28

Mission Statement: Kappa Phi is a lifelong supportive Christian sisterhood expressed through service, study, and worship. We are lights in the darkness actively engaged as leaders in the church, the community and the world.

Emblem: Lamb

Symbol: A pine tree, lighted candle, and a pink rose

Colors: Sky blue, Pine green, and white

5. Alpha Delta Chi 

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National Website: http://www.alphadeltachi.org/

Founding Date: 1925

Number of active chapters: 16

Motto: As in a Mirror

Sorority Bible Verse: “For, we all, with unveiled face, reflecting as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Mascot: Dragonfly

Colors: Flame and Blue

Flowers: Gladiolus and Delphinium

4. Sigma Phi Lambda

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National Website: http://www.sigmaphilambda.org/

Founding Date: 1988

Number of active chapters: 32

Vision statement: Sigma Phi Lambda exists for the sole purpose of glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ and making His name great. Sisters for the Lord is an organization of sisters for the Lord where fellowship with our most high God is fostered by growth in unity with one another.  We seek to provide a source of fellowship to Christian women who sincerely seek to know His person, His will, and His ways.

Sorority bible verse: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and one mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”-Romans 15:5-6

Symbol: Lamb

Colors: Red and White

Flower: Red rose

Philanthropy: World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

3. Alpha Nu Omega

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National Website: http://www.alphanuomega.org/

Founding Date: November 3, 1988

Number of active chapters: 23 chapters and 1 colony

Core values: Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. focuses on four core values called the L.I.F.E. Values: Leadership, Integrity, Family, and Education.

Mission statement: The purpose of Alpha Nu Omega, Incorporated is to present a Christian alternative to the students and/or faculty on college/university campuses, to minister to the needs of the whole person (spirit, soul, and body), and to promote an attitude of academic excellence among its members.

Family structure: Alpha Nu Omega’s family structure sets it apart from other fraternities/sororities. The fraternity and sorority share one name, one constitution, one national board, and the same colors (navy blue, gold and white).  We are a family, and we often work together as one. Yet, Alpha Nu Omega is one organization with two distinct entities – a fraternity and a sorority. The fraternity and sorority hold separate orientation processes and manage different outreach initiatives.

Symbol: Eagle and Dove

Colors: Navy blue, gold, and white

Philanthropy: Live out Loud, a new evangelism campaign, as directed by National Director of Ministries Ryan M. Harrison where members of Alpha Nu Omega produce video testimonies sharing their faith using out of the box evangelism tactics in hopes of making an impact to a worldwide audience.

2. Delta Psi Epsilon 

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National Website: http://www.deltapsiepsilon.com/

Founding Date: January 16, 1999

Number of active chapters: 8 chapters and 5 colonies

Purpose: The purpose of Delta Psi Epsilon Christian Sorority, Inc. is to bring Christ to women of all races, creeds, tongues and denominations. It is our goal to spread the love of God throughout the world by the association of women. Through carrying this torch for Christ, we find ourselves humbled that He has given us the opportunity to be a witness for Him. For this is His ministry and not our own. If we didn’t allow ourselves to be used, we realize He would use someone else.

Motto: The Sorority that Puts God First

Symbol: Hummingbird

Colors: Lime Green and Purple

Flower: Purple orchid

Maxim: Faith, Wisdom, Honor, and Sisterhood

1. Sigma Alpha Omega

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National Website: http://www.sigmaalphaomega.org/

Founding Date: January 1998

Number of active chapters: 32

Motto: One in Christ through Unity in Sisterhood

Sorority bible verses: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

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 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” -Luke 1:46-47

Vision: To become an international Christ-centered sisterhood that equips women to grow in their relationships with Christ, through unity and service to others, at institutions of higher learning.

Symbol: Dove

Colors: Forest green and burgundy

Flower: Lilly of the valley

Philanthropy: Ovarian cancer awareness

If you’re considering joining any of these amazing organizations you should absolutely go for it!

There isn’t just one way to go Greek so explore all that is out there. 

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10 Tips for Successful Recruitment Tabling

Tabling is a very important part of the recruitment process and spreading the word about what your sorority is all about. It is one of the easiest ways for potential new members to learn about future events, traditions unique to your sorority, and the ideals of Greek life as a whole.

10. Display photos of past events you have held in a scrapbook or binder. 

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This shows potential new members how your sisterhood interacts with each other, your community outreach, and your collaboration with other members of the Greek life community.

9. Share your social media handles. 

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Whether your sorority has a Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter be sure to show it off so potential new members can get a glimpse into your world.

8. Give out treats like candy or cookies. 

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Everyone knows college kids love free food and goodies so having these things at your sorority’s table will only help you attract potential new members.

7. Set out sign up sheets for potential new members to be added to an email list. 

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This is a great way to follow up with people after speaking with them at tabling or at meet and greet events.

6. Display your sorority’s symbols and colors prominently. 

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Show off your mascot, colors, flower, and what every else you can think of!

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10 Reasons Why Nancy Drew Would Make The Best Sorority Girl

Nancy Drew was my favorite book series growing up and many women would agree I’m sure. Women such as Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Sandra Day O’ Connor have all cited her as an influence in their lives because of her strength and sense of individuality. The series has been translated into 45 different languages, has various book series spinoffs for all ages, has movies bearing Nancy Drew’s name, and merchandise with the famous detective’s face. Nancy Drew’s legacy is clear and though she has been envisioned in many different ways I think Nancy Drew would have made a great sorority girl.

Here are a couple reasons why:

10. She would make the best risk management chair

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She knows how to do CPR, has basic first aid skills, and always takes care of her friends in an emergency. Whether a fellow sister were to get hurt at a function or was struggling with mental illness she would know exactly what to do. She would be an expert on campus resources and workshops to improve the wellness of the members of her sorority.

9. She would the best little, big, and grandbig

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She is always there for her best friends, Bess and George so you know she would do everything for her sorority family. She would be there when her little struggles with a breakup or to celebrate her grandlittle’s new job. No matter good or bad, she would step up to the plate and be a mentor, friend, and confidant.

8. She would make the best Scholarship/Academic chair

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She’s a know-it-all in a good way. She loves her classes, studying for exams, and always writes the prettiest notes and flashcards. She would help you get through study hours and become the best student you can be because she genuinely cares.

7. She is a total night owl 

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Nancy Drew is constantly solving mysteries in the dead of night so she is no stranger to staying up late. When some sisters would be ready to turn in for the night she would be ready for more. Staying up to study for a final exam with her sisters or on a epic senior bar crawl mission she would always be ready to keep exploring and having a good time.

6. She knows how to kick back and relax

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Though her vacations always seem to end in her solving mysteries, Nancy Drew does know how to have a good time. She is always invited to parties, weddings, and so many different events. In between chasing after the bad guys she always makes sure to go out to dinner, lounge by the pool, or do something else exciting.

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Gamma Gamma Chi: Islamophobia won’t tear them down

We’ve heard so much about the Muslim community lately from those outside of it. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently called for a database of Muslims in our country to be set up and he has suggested they wear identification cards reminiscent of Jewish people being identified in a similar way during World War II. Democratic representative Loretta Sanchez of California made some questionable comments as well, suggesting, “up to 20 percent of Muslims want to establish an Islamic caliphate and are willing to use terrorism to get there”. She later made statements stating she supports the Muslim community however her initial speculative comments to many were of poor taste. You may be wondering. Are there any Greek organizations dedicated to bringing Muslims together in a positive way? What do they think of these recent statements? Stay tuned as we get some answers from the sisters of Gamma Gamma Chi, the first Islamic based sorority, and hear what their organization is all about.

Sorority Lyfe: What type of Greek organization is Gamma Gamma Chi? Is it social, service-based, or religious or a combination of these?

Gamma Gamma Chi: A combination of all of the above, actually! Gamma Gamma Chi Sorority, Inc. is a social and community service sorority that is Islamic-based.

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Sorority Lyfe: When, why, and where was Gamma Gamma Chi founded? Where are your current active chapters located?

Gamma Gamma Chi: The sorority was founded in Greensboro, NC, on April 3, 2005 by Dr. Althia Ali and her daughter, Imani Canty. Imani considered joining a sorority in college but never went through the intake process because many of them went against her Islamic faith. She appreciated what sororities had to offer and imagined one for herself and other Muslim women which would honor Islamic beliefs. There are a total of seven chapters (not including the National Grand Chapter, which is technically never inactive and reserved for founders), and the current active chapters are Alpha in Atlanta, GA, and Epsilon in Philadelphia, PA.

Sorority Lyfe: What motto and symbols do Gamma Gamma Chi sisters hold close to their hearts?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Our flower is the water lily; our jewel, the amethyst; our mascot, the bee. Our mission is to promote a positive visibility of Muslim women and Islam in general. Our purpose is to unify collegiate and professional Muslimahs by promoting Islam through scholarship, leadership and community service. The sorority is also open to non-Muslim women who support our mission. Our vision is to be a network of women with lifelong ties to each other, our sorority, and our deen (religion), God-willing.

Sorority Lyfe: What are your thoughts on the statements made by Donald Trump and Loretta Sanchez in the media recently? Why do you think there has been such a surge recently in Islamophobia in our nation?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Of course we feel that Donald Trump’s statements are absurd! Islam is not a “foreign” religion and has been present in the fabric of America since its founding, though it was never exactly a dominant religion. Islamophobia has always been present–people are afraid of what they don’t know or fully understand. It has recently become more overt to the point of violence because a well-known individual and a potential leader of this country has taken a platform that puts Muslim and Islam in a negative light. Loretta Sanchez has clearly never met a Muslim. (lol) Okay–maybe she has met a Muslim, but didn’t know that the person practiced the Islamic faith. Our faith does not command that we spread religion “by the sword” like many people who are against Islam and Muslims believe. In fact, our holy book, the Quran tells us that if we take a life unjustly, it as though we have killed all of humanity…but that is never mentioned in the media. Another thing not mentioned in the media is that we are also to obey the laws of the land (courts, police, etc.) in which we reside as long as it does not cause us to disobey God’s law; interestingly enough, there are several verses in the Bible that command Christians do the same thing! Ignorance and fear is amazing! (smh)

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Sorority Lyfe: Do you think Gamma Gamma Chi is helping to show those on college campuses and in your local communities how the Muslim community can come together to accomplish positive change? How are you doing so?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Firstly, our chapters are actually citywide chapters and are affiliated with specific colleges & universities. Ladies from institutions in each city join together. This helps us promote the concept of community or one ummah; however, we do host activities on college campuses and invite college students to participate in our community service and social activities. We have also hosted a health educational summit (specifically on HIV/AIDS) with a local masjid and invited non-Muslim members of the community to attend.

Sorority Lyfe: How have other sororities and fraternities on your respective campuses treated your presence on campus? Has it been a positive or negative reception mostly?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Some Alpha Chapter members did say that some of members of the other Greek-lettered organizations on campus were less than supportive, and that motivated them to make sure they did their best to make Gamma look really good. Being the first Islamic-based sorority in general has been interesting. Even when we talk to other members Greek-lettered organizations off campus, some are supportive and want to know about our sorority, and others say, “What’s a Gamma?” We just have to laugh at the latter. (lol)

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Sorority Lyfe: Can you list and explain the six gold pillars that your members abide by? What is their significance and how are you working to accomplish them?

Gamma Gamma Chi:

Gamma Gamma Chi’s Six GOLD PILLARS are as follows:

  1. Islamic Awareness and Involvement: Recently we have been conducting quite a few interviews 🙂 .  Helping those who are interested to better understand our faith. These interviews include the Atlanta Journal Constitution in December 2015 and German National Radio, scheduled January 2016.  Based on the current climate, more are expected.  We also do things as simple as attending Jummah (our Friday religious services) together.   
  2. Environmental Awareness and Involvement: Our big effort in the area is working with Trees Atlanta.  This organization works to beautify areas of Atlanta that have been neglected as well as encourage the use of recycled products for landscaping.
  3. Educational Development: We have recently and hope to continue to support the annual Education Bowl held at Agnes Scott College.  This is an academic competition for High School Students. We also volunteer with several organizations including Baitul Salaam to provide Back to School supplies for Metro Atlanta children.
  4. Physical and Mental Health: This is a BIG pillar for the Alpha Chapter. We have held health fairs and hosted a seminar on HIV/Aids Awareness.  We also volunteer and participate in the WD Mohammed Race for Education.  We also have a Soror who competes in triathlons promoting our National Philanthropy, All Cancers Awareness. Another soror is a physician and gives community talks on various health issues.    
  5. Economic  Development and Indigent Support: We have worked the Trinity House Soup kitchen for a number of years.   
  6. Social Awareness and Involvement: This is an area where we have not had a huge presence in the Alpha Chapter but with crucial elections approaching and the current social climate for Muslims and Minorities in the US I’m sure this will change.

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Sorority Lyfe: What future goals does Gamma Gamma Chi have in terms of expansion, your philanthropy, Greek life involvement, fighting Islamophobia, or spreading the word about the sorority?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Gamma Gamma Chi: Gamma Gamma Chi has recently established a new Board of Directors.  The immediate goal of the board is to evaluate the State of the Sorority and develop programs that will solidify our strengths, strengthen our weakness, create a stronger sisterhood as well as continue to promote a positive image of Muslim Women and Islam in general.

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Shout out to the lovely sisters of Gamma Gamma Chi! 

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6 Types of Rushers

If your sorority participates in continuous open bidding or informal recruitment in the coming months you’ll be meeting a whole new batch of potential new members. There are many different types of PNMs or rushers and I’m here to help you identify them to better know how to get to know them.

6. The Entitled Legacy 

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This potential new member has a mom, sister, or other family member who was in your sorority and thinks she is therefore entitled to being a member. She has plans to “suicide” or write down only one house after the preference round and could be cheating herself out of finding the perfect fit with another sorority that could better fit her needs. This girl doesn’t trust the recruitment process and may not get into any sororities if she keeps up her bad behavior. Keep your eye out for this one!

5. The Rush Crush

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This is the girl you know is absolutely perfect for your sorority. She has great conversations with all of your fellow members, has attended every pre-rush, information, tabling, and rush event, and her letters of recommendation are absolutely glowing.

4. The Party Girl 

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This is the girl who immediately wants to know the amount of social functions your sorority attends. It’s only her first week on campus and she’s already been to parties at every frat house and live-out there is. She is a social butterfly but could easily pose a risk to the standards board if you give her a bid. She could also be the best social chair ever. So consider this girl but discuss any red flags that come up.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Run For A Sorority Leadership Position

Being a part of your sorority’s executive board or on a particular council is an important job. Your chapter needs you to help them move forward, boost morale, improve your philanthropy, step up your recruitment techniques, and so much more! If you’re on the fence about taking on a sorority leadership position, here are some reasons why you should absolutely run.

10. You have lots of connections to other members and alumni of Greek life on campus. 

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It’s one thing to be close to all the members of your sorority. That is undoubtedly important for getting elected to serve in a minor chapter position. However, if you want to be elected to a council position, social chair position, or an executive council position, you’re going to need to step it up and be more social! At Greek Week, social functions, and Go Greek tabling events, you should always be working to make new connections. Even if you don’t become best friends with everyone, knowing some familiar faces and having those contacts can only help your chapter. Being social is an important part of Greek life and helps not only for strictly social events but also for philanthropy fundraisers and community outreach. Knowing alumni is also crucial as they can help you raise funds and organize events that you may want to put on.

9. You have lots of ideas to improve your sorority. 

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Whether you have an organizational system you think could help improve events, several ideas for philanthropy events you’d want to put on, or ways to amp up your presence as a new sorority on campus through social media, being in a leadership position can only help you achieve these goals. Being an active member in your sorority is important and you can facilitate discussions to share these ideas, but only as a leader can you make sure they are followed through exactly how you picture them going.

8. You work well with other adults, professionals, and advisers in your life. 

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If you’re hoping to become the president or alumni relations chair for your sorority, you will be working with other adults such as your adviser, alumni, parents, and community members very often. If you have difficulty communicating ideas to adults in your life, then consider a position that solely concerns your sorority and peers.

7. You’re goal oriented. 

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If you always carry a planner, have multiple to-do lists on your phone, and know how to prioritize, then you may be ready for a sorority leadership position. Of course you don’t have to be perfect. Many sorority leaders succeed because they are creative and look at problems in unique ways, but you always need to finish whatever projects you start. Figure out your work-school-sorority balance, and if you think you can handle it, consider taking on a position.

6. You’re a good representative of your sorority in everything you do. 

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This means never drinking with your letters on, striving to always be a good student, and generally upholding your sorority’s principles. Accomplishing your goals and creating a network is what a sorority is all about. It is an organization there to help you which you can give back to by becoming a leader.

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13 Reasons Your Dog Would Make The Best Sorority Sister

Every time you go home for the holidays you wish your dog could live in your sorority house. I mean they are your best friend and companion no matter what so why shouldn’t they be your sister too? They’re already considered a part of your biological family.

13. They love the holidays just as much as you and your sisters do. 

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They will gladly don their gay apparel, eat some figgy pudding, play with their dog toys all day, and nap while you freak out over new shoes, chocolate, and sorority sweatshirts on Christmas, Hanukkah, or even your birthday.

12. They’ll always be happy to see you when you get home. 

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When you’ve had a long day of classes, chapter, and work who better to come home to then your best dog friend? They will always be waiting with a smile and a big kiss.

11. They never miss the chance for a good photo-op. 

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Whether it’s your lemonade stand fundraiser for the local hospital or a powder puff football game to raise money for the Girl Scouts they will be there and ready for their close-up.

10. They’ll always eat pizza with you whether it’s at 1 pm or 2 am. 

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They know as well as you do that every time is pizza time whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a case of the late night drunchies. They will eat your crusts or share the whole pizza with you and they won’t even care if you get pizza sauce on the bed. In fact they’re happy to help you clean it up.

9. They understand the importance of getting your beauty sleep. 

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They love to be active but also know the importance of slowing down sometimes. If you curl up on the couch and fall asleep they will be right there with you ready to nap the day away. It’s important to take time to relax and they’ve taught you that.

8. They share your obsessions. 

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Us sorority girls like a wide range of activities so just know whether you like football, Star Wars, or crafting that your dog will be right there with you watching and taking part in your obsessions.

7. They’ll always go to the gym with you or on a run to their favorite dog park.

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You know if it’s in the area. Or even ten miles away. I mean that’s totally doable right? You do want them to socialize and make new friends don’t you?

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What it really means to be a big

Being a big means so much more than just crafting and photo-ops and many sisters often forget this. I’m here to set the record straight on what it really means to be a big. To all the future bigs out there, in the most basic terms a big is defined as, “A mentor for a new member within a sorority”. The problem is we hear about far too many problem bigs out there because of a lack of understanding of this definition and what it really means for both the big and little involved.

You should not become a big if you aren’t actively involved in and dedicated to your sorority. You also should not become a big if you aren’t willing to be flexible. Being a big many times comes down to being flexible from the matching process to family traditions. Say you don’t get your first choice little and you end up with a girl you never even remember meeting during recruitment. Or maybe your little is a non-traditional student that is older than you. No matter what the matching process throws at you as far as a new little is concerned keep in mind that you may not be instantly best friends with them. Think about it though. How many of the friends in your life already did you instantly click with? Those relationships took time to grow so the same principles will apply to your big/little relationship. Go on “dates” with your little like you would with friends such as taking her to see a movie, rock-climbing at the campus gym, or grabbing coffee at a local cafe. Ask questions, listen, and really get to know your little so that you can help better integrate her into your family line. Share what you learn with your big and grand big so they can get to know your little too.

The position of big within a family is one that is very important. It’s an honor to be able to have a girl within the sorority you love that looks up to you so absolutely and that will carry on your family line one day. You are there to listen, share advice, go on adventures, and ultimately always be there for her. You are her mentor and that means you should be striving to do everything you can to better your sorority so she will want to do the same. Run for an executive position, apply to be a part of the order of omega, be an active participant in philanthropy events. Whatever you choose to get involved in make sure you are setting a good example and avoiding meetings with standards as much as you can.

Being a big relies a lot on your time management and juggling skills as well. Between sorority events, work meetings, and lecture classes you lead a hectic life but your little must always be on your mind. This leads us to the quandary of taking twins or a second little. It may seem like fun initially having a larger family and growing your line however there are many things you should consider. If you choose to take twins or a second little at a different time you must consider the monetary costs, always avoid favoritism, and know how to divide your time. You must treat your littles as both individuals and as a part of your family unit.

Being thoughtful is important to being a good big as well. This doesn’t always mean gifting your little a sweater. It may mean bringing her cookies you made, helping her study her biology flashcards, or comforting her when she’s feeling down. Remembering what is going on in your little’s life is crucial to being able to assist her with these things so write everything down from her birthday to her favorite snacks to her class schedule. Learning more about your little will help you down the line when times get tough. Your little may get sent to standards, have a disagreement with your house mom, or have a fight with a sister over an election that didn’t go her way. When these things happen you need to be there to defend your little’s character and share every nice thing you know about her. Instead of turning against her you need to stick up for her and be her ally. That said, if your little is in the wrong and continues to make bad decisions, you need to step up as her mentor and big to set her straight. If you do your job right she will thank you when your GPA improves, she gets that great exec position, or finds her perfect guy. It may not be easy to confront her about these things but no one said it would be so don’t take the responsibility lightly.

As your little’s mentor and guide to Greek life you must also not get in her way. Teach her Greek terms, tell her which fraternity brothers to avoid, and all about her grand big but avoid giving her advice that is selfish in nature. Don’t tell her that she shouldn’t run for a certain position just because you want to or be too nosy when she is choosing a little one day. Give her room to breathe and make her own decisions while being ready to assist her when she really needs you. Always include her in family traditions and teach her all about the meaning behind them. This could be anything from nicknames you’ve given each other to crafts you make for future additions to the family that are unique to your line. Always make your little feel special and included no matter what else is going on in your life or your family line.

To all the current and future bigs out there:

Good luck! 

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Why Getting Your Little Is The Best Christmas Present Around

Getting your little is a very special occasion. There is a lot of build-up involved with all the crafting, drinking, theme choosing, activity planning, and pairing. You may even be wrapping yourself up in Christmas wrapping paper to surprise your little with your presence upon your reveal. There are numerous reasons why getting your little is just like sorority Christmas for all the future bigs out there waiting.

I’m here to name just a few:

10. They’ll be in your life forever. 

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Because it’s not just four years… it’s for life. You’ll love them forever and like them for always of course. Whether she transfers, loses sight of her purpose, or makes some bad decisions along the way, you’ll be there for her.

9. She will always give you the best advice. 

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You might be her mentor, but she can teach you a thing or two as well. You most likely will be very close in age, so you will share similar experiences but have different takes. She may be good at knitting whereas you may be a pro at random football facts and history. Sharing with each other will only help the both of you become better people and sisters. The big-little relationship is all about this growth as sisters, students, community members, and individuals!

8. She will be there for you through thick and thin. 

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Whether you break up with your boyfriend, fail your midterm, break your leg, or have a big fight with your girlfriend, your little will be there for you because you would do the same for her. Just like your biological family, you would drop anything to help your sorority family.

7. You’ll get to share them with the rest of your sorority family! 

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Your big, grandbig, and great grandbig will be just as excited as you to meet the new addition to your family! They will always be there to teach you how to be the best big you can be to the perfect little.

6. She will always compliment you when you really need it. swim

Sometimes you just need to hear that you look great in that swimsuit or that your little black dress does not make you look fat. Whether you’re feeling down or have gained a little winter weight from all those holiday cookies, she always thinks you look absolutely fantastic.

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