What are your New Year’s resolutions?
This year, the Panhellenic sorority women of Rutgers have one goal in mind. They want to raise enough money in 2016 to build a school!
In November, to kick off their fundraising efforts and Women’s Empowerment Month, they invited Circle of Sisterhood founder Ginny Carroll to their campus. Over 500 women attended the educational event, and all nine Panhellenic sororities were represented. Ginny spoke about the importance of owning your privilege and power as an educated woman, and realizing that you have a responsibility to help other women get an education. Sisterhood expands beyond Greek letters, the great sisterhood of women everywhere is the most important.
Rutgers Panhellenic community took this message to heart. Their community jumped at the opportunity to get involved. They created a new position for their council, who will coordinate their Circle of Sisterhood efforts. This position will manage ten chapter representatives to coordinate fundraising, awareness, and programming. They feel as though the philanthropic and academic nature of the Circle of Sisterhood is a perfect combination of their values and they are excited for what this year will bring!
Rutgers is one of the oldest schools in the United States, and was founded as a colonial college and was exclusively male. In 1970, the school’s board of governors voted to allow women to enroll at Rutgers! The school has a long history of philanthropy and service and the Panhellenic community has found the Circle of Sisterhood to be a perfect combination of their values. The Rutgers Panhellenic is committed to sending 250 girls to school in honor of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers, and the Gamma Nu Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma committed to funding a school build in a developing country!
Best of luck 2016 Rutgers Panhellenic Executive Board! We cannot wait to see what you and your community continues to achieve this year!
This post is brought to you by Erin Kearns, previous Panhellenic President at Rutgers.