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Why Hazing Doesn’t Match up with our Values

  • Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

By: Amanda CrossAmanda Cross

As members of Sigma Sigma Sigma we agree to live by our values of wisdom, power, faith, hope, and love. Each year as National Hazing Prevention Week rolls around and I take part in the activities associated with that. I like to look back at our values that we uphold in this organization and I am here today to tell you why hazing doesn’t match up with the values that this organization upholds.

1) Wisdom

When I think of wisdom I think of the wisdom that going through the new member education process gave me about myself and my organization. I was able to fully absorb all of the wisdom from the people who were older than me because of the way that my new member program was run. I didn’t have to fear for anything and I felt respected and loved all throughout my new member process. What is the basis of your new member program? Is it to give your new members wisdom about themselves and their sorority? Be careful of putting things in the program that don’t truly give someone an educational new member experience. Not everything in the program is worth keeping.

2) Power

When I think of power I think of our vision statement which is “Sigma Sigma Sigma will provide exceptional experiences that will empower women to change the world.” I felt a sense of empowerment going through my new member experience with Sigma Sigma Sigma, and I still feel that to this day. Sigma has given me so many amazing experiences in my local chapter, in my state, and nationally. I cannot get over how amazing Sigma has been to me. Hazing makes people feel powerless. It makes people feel scared and like they don’t have control over their own fate. Tri Sigma is all about power with NOT power over and any activities that are contradictory to that don’t mesh with our values.

3) Faith

When I think of faith I think about the faith that I put in the older sisters of my chapter to show me the way and show me how a true and lawful Sigma Sigma Sigma should behave.When you are an older member of your organization you pave the way for your younger sisters and you are the people that they look up to. Hazing will continue until someone says that this is not the way our organization should be run and that it needs to change. In order to have those conversations certain important people in your organization need to be talked to. Check out this blog I did last year for details on having those conversations.

4) Hope

When I think of hope in this organization I immediately shift my attention to the hope that having a certain amount of empowerment gives me for the future. It’s hard to feel hopeful about the future and how amazing your life in a sorority will be if you don’t feel powerful in your organization. Being in a sorority should empower you and give you hope and being hazed will not give you any of those feelings. Be careful that your new member program is instilling hope into the hearts of your new members and not hopelessness.

5) Love

The feelings you get from hazing are the exact opposite of feelings of love. Hazing stirs up feelings of hate and animosity and everything wrong in a Greek organization. Teaching new members to love themselves and love their sisters old and young should be at the forefront of your mind when you are going through you are teaching anything to new members. Love is so important in this organization. You have to have love for your sisters, because in my opinion everything else builds on top of that love–all the faith in your sisters, all the hope for your future, all the knowledge and empowerment; start with love.

As an organization we value five things: wisdom, power, faith, hope, and love. By hazing new members you are going against the very things that we value as an organization and that’s not fair to the new members of your organization. By hazing your new members you are going against the very core of this organization and by default teaching your new members the wrong values of this organization. No matter what happened in the past, think about how you can create a better new member experience for anyone walking through your doors right now.

Why we don’t give paddles as gifts

  • Posted on September 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

Dear Sigma Sisters,

We often look on Pinterest and other sites to find ideas to share Sigma Love. However, be careful not to think that lovely decorated Greek paddles  presented to your little or big to hang on the wall is one of them. antipaddles

When I was an Alpha Phi (Central Michigan University) new member decades ago, it was a tradition for our big sisters to give us our engraved paddles after initiation.  The paddles hung on our walls and were only decorations.  It was just what we did. When I was  an advisor about 30 years later, the tradition continued, although the paddles were more personally decorated. I thought it was neat how the tradition had continued all these years.

However, in 2005 I was at Dunham and heard David Stollman from Campus Speak  talk about  “branding” and how our actions speak louder than our beliefs. The question kept coming up, “Is what you are doing in line with what you say your values are?” He asked us to consider what the world thinks when they see a Fraternity or Sorority paddle. I learned that what we were giving as an expression of our love for our sisters. The world outside the Greek system saw it as an emblem of torture and hazing. Unfortunately, the paddles had such a history with some Fraternity members. I was frankly shocked. I had never thought of my paddle in that way and was challenged to change my thinking. It wasn’t easy and took some reflection and time.

Because of this association of the paddle with cruelty, which we don’t want others to associate with our sisterhood, Tri-Sigma’s look for other expressions of their appreciation of their big and little sisters. Yes, paddles as gifts have been a huge tradition in the Greek world, but it is one which we are trying to put behind us.   A loving plaque with the same words in a different shape such as a sailboat, or a violet, would could express the same sentiment and avoid perpetuating the misconception that we beat each other!

As new members come into our organization, it is important that we educate them in a loving way to always reflect on our actions and ask:  Is what we are doing representing our values? When challenged by thinking that conflicts with our traditions and practices, it is also important to understand that  resistance to change is normal. Keep having those conversations!!! Check out Tri-Sigma’s anti hazing information on Sigma Connect. Below are some ideas and resources from there.

Ever forward with love,

Arlene Ball, Alumnae Advisor BT

As council officers and leaders, this is a great topic for you to tackle. Governing councils have a great deal of leverage and this is a great topic for an educational program or roundtable discussion among Fraternity/Sorority leaders on your campus.

A couple of blogs and articles on the subject from others in the Greek world.

1)  http://aflv.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-do-our-paddles-say-about-us.html

( An excerpt is below )

This is a guest post from Tracy Maxwell, Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org

Five paddles hung on my wall in college, from dorm rooms, to the sorority house, to apartments. Wherever I lived, they represented home and family to me in a very real sense. Each of them was very special to me because of the individual who had given it to me, but I was also proud of those paddles and what they represented to me – sisterhood, sorority, home away from home, love from a big or little sister, pride and tradition. I still have all five of those paddles as well as one four-foot tall paddle signed by all 49 members of the new member class I was elected to lead as New Member Educator. I can’t bring myself to get rid of them, but I no longer display them proudly either.

Because those paddles represented such positive values to me, I never really stopped to think about what they might say to the rest of the world. To outsiders who don’t know about fraternity/sorority life, and believe the stereotypes they see in the movies and on TV, a paddle represents something altogether different – violence, abuse, degradation, humiliation and punishment. It is a reminder of the sometimes brutal hazing we inflict on each other, and the very worst of what it means to be a member of a Greek-letter organization.

There are certainly enough news stories of fraternity men being beaten with paddles to help reinforce the image of what these instruments have been used for. In 2001, an LSU student was paddled so severely that he needed surgery on his buttocks for a 7 inch-long, half-inch deep open sore. He required a skin graft and was in the hospital for two weeks. He didn’t tell anyone about what was happening to him. It was discovered only when his mother saw blood seeping through his pants on a visit home. (link: http://www.corpun.com/usi00103.htm)

As the Executive Director and founder of HazingPrevention.Org, I struggle with what to tell today’s students about the continued presentation of paddles as gifts. On the one hand, I understand the time-honored tradition, and the time and effort many spend to make their own unique paddle to present to a big or little sister or brother. It is always special to receive a traditional gift that has been given by countless members who came before you.

On the other hand, I’ve seen the damage inflicted when paddles are used for a more nefarious purpose. I cringe along with other fraternity/sorority alums when yet another individual or organization does something to damage all of our reputations”

2) Take the pledge and demonstrate your commitment against hazing. http://www.nationalhazingpreventionweek.celect.org/take-the-pledge

3)  Check out our Sigma Connect page on Hazing Prevention.

Mean Girl vs. Bullying

  • Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

Sadly, we are no longer combating just hazing. We have bullying and mean girl behaviors in a college environment to also worry about and recognize. A bright spot here is that women are more likely to talk about mean girl behaviors and bullying. We haven’t used a series of scare tactics around these topics so women will likely discuss these and not be in fear of chapter closure. These behaviors may also be more visible.gossip1 (1)

HPO Website really provides the following description outlining the difference between hazing and bullying:

“The difference is subtle, which is why they’re often used interchangeably. The same power dynamics are involved. The same intimidation tactics are used. The same second-class citizenship issues arise. The only real difference between hazing and bullying is that bullying usually involves singling out an individual at any time and bullying them as a means to exclude them. Hazing, on the other hand, involves including people by having them “earn” their way into a group or onto a team. Bullying is about exclusion. Hazing is about inclusion.”

Emotional bullying or the mean girl phenomenon, relational aggression, involves social manipulation such as excluding others from a group, spreading rumors, breaking confidences and getting others to dislike another person. This behavior isn’t just reserved for new members but can happen at any level within the organization.

Further, what is happening is grade school and college is being carried into the work force.  Researchers have suggested that in the workplace, as many as 58% of bullies are women, and these individuals most often victimize other women, choosing females
as targets nearly 90% of the time (Workplace Bullying Institute, 2006). Studies have suggested that women can be just as aggressive as are males; however, females demonstrate their need for superiority, control, and power differently through a set of behaviors known as relational aggression. Behaviors seen in female power struggles may encompass a range of emotionally hurtful behaviors. These include socially aggressive behaviors, such as gossiping, social exclusion, social isolation, social alienation, talking about someone, and stealing friends or romantic partners. Also, not talking to or socializing with someone, deliberating ignoring someone, threatening to withdraw emotional support or friendship, and excluding someone from a group by informing him or her that he or she is not welcome (Xie, Swift, Cairns, & Cairns, 2002).  Any of this sound familiar to your experiences with sorority hazing?

What can you do?

Be a responsible bystander!

  • Notice the Event! Become aware and address any action that creates a negative membership experiences. It doesn’t matter if you view it as mean girl, bullying, or hazing…none of it has a place within Tri Sigma.
  • Recognize the behavior as a problem. Don’t just brush them off as harmful pranks or “girls being girls”.donthaze
  • Feel the responsibility to solve the problem. Speak up, report it to officers or advisors, call the hazing hotline! Tri Sigma joined the Anti-Hazing Hotline (link to http://fraternallaw.com/contact/anti-hazing-hotline/) in 2008. The toll-free number is 1-888-NOTHAZE (1-888-668-4293). Callers may remain anonymous or provide personal information so their concerns can be responded to directly. The Anti-Hazing Hotline connects to a dedicated voice mailbox at the Cincinnati law firm of Manley Burke, the publisher of Fraternal Law, a well-known law journal that chronicles legal issues involving collegiate Greek organizations and higher education.
  • Know what to do/possess the capacity to act. Get Fierce and Be Brave.

Learn more about Bystander Behavior at http://www.raproject.org/.

We’re asking the wrong question!

  • Posted on September 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

 

By: Lorin Phillips, Assistant Executive Director of Sigma Sigma Sigma

Over the years, I’ve found members are more likely to ask me questions like “is this hazing” or “can we do this with new members”? I understand that often times legal-speak can be wordy and feel complex but is it really that complex to be kind, inclusive, and supportive? No. However, for too many years, anti-hazing efforts looked like the DARE program “just say no” and prevention included scare tactics like “do X or you’ll be closed”. What we know about hazing and prevention tactics has continued to evolve yet too many are stuck… still using some outdated phrases to define hazing.

Ring! Ring! The 1980’s called and want their risk reduction methods back!!!! We must disconnect with…

  • the idea that if an activity has a purpose or perceived benefit it is not hazing. Purpose is not the only qualifier.
  • the idea if individuals agree to go along it is not hazing. “Willing participation” does not make it okay.  
  • the idea that if everyone is doing it is not hazing OR if it is a requirement of just the new members it is hazing.

Trying to list all prohibited activities or events which may be considered hazing. This is not an effective prevention strategy. It makes everything hazing.

 

We haven’t spent enough time educating on what is RIGHT and the result has been students more often asking questions to stay out of trouble than necessarily how to have an effective new member program and positive membership experience. What if we asked…

  • Is everyone earning their letters every day? If not, use Honor Council for any member not upholding our standards, values, and expectations of membership.
  • Are we expecting new members to prove themselves or for initiated members to be role models and show new members the way? Our ritual promises new members that initiated members will be there for them and guide them from day one. Do you expect your members to uphold this commitment made in the Arc Degree ceremony?
  • Are big sisters focused on being party planners or mentors?
  • How much time and money are you spending crafting behind closed doors and in secrecy for your little? Could you be using that time, energy, and money to spend quality time with your little?

What is even more concerning is that we work so hard to remove an activity or traditional event which is negative but what is being done to address the mentality? When we only eliminate an event without addressing the mentality concerns, we leave chapters without replacement events, therefore they are quick to say “it was better when there was hazing”. It is a response and a short-term fix, not long-term prevention.

A hazing mentality may exist when:

  • Members talk about how new members need to “prove themselves” instead of “mentoring and supporting” them.
  • There is pride in the new member program for being difficult and a challenge. Do you hear members talking about how they “got through” their new member program?
  • Members focus more on “pledge class unity” more than “chapter unity”.

So, what questions might be a more productive focus?

  1. What one thing could we change/improve that would significantly improve the new member experience?
  2. How do I lead change (link to http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newPPM_82.htm) within my chapter?
  3. How is my chapter doing with the 3 E’s of prevention:
    1. Education (What expectations do we set ?)
    2. Environment (What do you do in the moment when there is a problem? How are you intervening?)
    3. Enforcement (How do you hold them accountable?)

 

What questions have you asked that have created a change?

Alumnae Life: Finding the balance

  • Posted on September 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

Jacqulyn King Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m a Sigma-holic…

For the past two months my husband and I have been staying with my son and daughter in-law at their home in Ramona, California. We have been assisting with the care of our new (first and absolutely adorable) Grandson Maxwell, when his mommy’s maternity leave ended. I confess that I’d forgotten how much work an infant can be, and it’s given me a renewed appreciation for all the Sigma mommies trying to balance family lives with busy careers. It is indeed a challenge. Add staying connected to Tri Sigma to the mix and it seems almost impossible… almost.

When my children were toddlers, our home was located near the shore of Lake Michigan, which was at least a two-hour drive to the nearest Sigma Alumnae Chapter. This was on a good day, and not during the winter with “Lake Effect” snow. I soon accepted that participation in this regard was just not an option. So I looked for other ways to stay involved. I served as a Key Alumna, but there were very few sisters living in that area. In spite of my efforts, no connections were made. Occasionally, I would send a Letter of Introduction to chapters when I learned that a young woman would be coming to their campus, but that was pretty much the extent of my involvement at that time. I did what I could and that’s really all Tri Sigma asks of you.

My fear is that Alumna sisters feel they always have to be as involved with Sigma, as they were as collegiate members. The beauty of Alumnae life is that you choose how active you wish to be and when. The key is to find what works for you and not totally lose your connection.

Some Alumnae Chapters have implemented innovative activities that allow Sigma mommies to get involved, such as arranging play dates that allow sisters to bring their children to activities. These events could be as simple as a stroller stroll in the local shopping mall, or a picnic in the park. Family friendly movie outings are another way to get sisters together and keep everyone entertained. After all what Sigma doesn’t love a good Disney movie?

For sisters without an Alumnae chapter close by, the social network offers many opportunities to stay connected and become acquainted with Tri Sigmas from across the country through the Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority Facebook page, and all the great Sigma group pages that are available. There is one specifically for Tri Sigma Moms that provides a forum for sisters to ask question and share parenting ideas.

If you can only make one event in a year, State Days are a great way to catch up on the National Sorority, learn about collegiate and Alumnae chapter activities, connect with sisters in your state, participate in a service activity, support the Tri Sigma Foundation, and have a lot of fun all in one day. Whew! State Day events are planned by a committee made up of Alumnae volunteers, and include programs for all collegiate and alumna sisters living in their state and those in surrounding areas. Minnesota sisters have an upcoming State Day event planned for Saturday November 15. For more information email Christina Miller. Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Oklahoma are all in the process of planning State Day events for 2015, and other states are forming committees in the hope of holding their own State Day.

Catching an Alumnae Road Show is another way to stay informed of what’s new in our sisterhood. These events are held in various metropolitan areas each year, and provide Alumnae sisters the opportunity to meet officers from Executive Council, and enjoy the day with sisters.

Whatever your situation is, sisters should never feel guilty about limited Alumnae involvement when family duties call. If family and work responsibilities keep you from participating fully, just enjoy whatever you are able to do, even if that means only attending one event a year. That’s okay.

A sister once replied to a survey mailed out by our Alumnae Chapter, “Tri Sigma just seems like so long ago…”.   I felt so sad when I read that, and my hope is that everyone realizes that it is never too late to become involved. I feel so very blessed to belong to an organization that has so much to offer sisters at every stage of life. Please stay connected and always remain… Faithful Until Death.

Uncovering our past: National Archives Committee

  • Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

We all know the Mable Lee Walton House as our National Headquarters and our Heart Home, and know that so much more than just the day to day operations of our Sorority lives behind those walls. Hidden away are the membership record cards each woman signs as an initial commitment to the sorority, the dolls showcasing each chapter’s unique personality, and pictures of women socializing at early Conventions in Williamsburg, VA. Much of that history remains tucked away in boxes, unavailable for our sisters to enjoy. The National Archives Committee, created last April, has begun to preserve such artifacts, and hopes to bring to life Tri Sigma’s rich history. As the committee continues its work, it will update the members through Tri Sigma’s social media and publications, so keep an eye out for important and interesting progress!

To kick off our blog posts, members of the Archives Committee shared why they decided to become involved, and reflected upon why the work is so important.

Like many National level committees, the Archives Committee provides an opportunity to make connections with Tri Sigma women from around the country, and learn more about the organization. For some, it is even a great opportunity to learn more about career options. Bailey Compton, Theta Delta, recognized the Archives Committee as an opportunity not only to “get involved with Tri Sigma at a National level” but to learn from the other sisters on the committee who have experience in archival work. Assistant Archivist Katie Quirin, Delta Omicron, found that the Committee combined two great loves of her life: history and her sisterhood. She hopes to make a career out of being an archivist, and getting started by helping Tri Sigma really hit home for her. It allowed her to combine her passions and serve Tri Sigma outside of regular collegiate participation.

In addition, Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho, became involved to connect the progress of our organization with our past: “I wanted to get involved with the Tri Sigma Archives Committee because I think our organization is headed in such an awesome direction with all of our work creating new leadership programs and our expansion at NHQ and it’s a great time to establish this committee that will research and organize our past and document everything that we have going on from this point on.”

Many committee members share a strong curiosity to uncover our sisterhood’s history, and a desire to ensure future generations of Tri Sigmas will experience and learn from it. Michelle Hektor, Beta Delta, said, “I hope to learn about the women who formed our sorority through saved correspondence and meeting topics. We can learn their journey through their words and experiences.” Wendy Kirkpatrick, Alpha, echoed Michelle’s feelings: “We have an incredible amount of information hidden in boxes, in closets, and even in plain sight at MLW.  Not only do I want to see it, but I think that everyone should have access to it. So much of it is important in understanding how Tri Sigma has become the organization that we are today.  I want to be a part of educating our members on our history, which hopefully inspires them to be more engaged in upholding our values and promoting all the things we hold dear.”

And providing access to the history of Tri Sigma is one of the main long-term goals for the Archives Committee. The National Archivist, Liz Johns, Delta Omicron, shared a bit of her vision for the Archives in the coming years: “Preserving the history of our sorority is one of the most important things we can do to maintain our identity…I applied to be the National Archivist because not only do I want to see those amazing treasures – I want my sisters to have access to them as well.  Making the items more accessible in the Walton House is step one, but eventually many of our precious artifacts will be digitized so our members can see them online, without making a trip to the Walton House, which so many members are unable to do.” In time, the Archives Committee hopes that all members will be able to explore, share, and learn from Tri Sigma’s history in a more meaningful and accessible way.

To keep updated with our progress, watch for more Archives blog posts, and follow us on Twitter @TriSigmaArchive. Contact Liz Johns, Archivist, at archives@trisigma.org for more information.

Meet your Regional Consultants: Brittany Tyler

  • Posted on September 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

BrittanyThroughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our last spotlight is Brittany Tyler (Alpha Beta), Colony Consultant.

Name: Brittany Tyler

Initiated Chapter: Alpha Beta

Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio

Fun Fact about yourself: My mom gave me the ridiculously common name of Brittany, but luckily she gave me the initial BLT. It’s lead to many fun nicknames and birthday cards.

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I transferred schools my sophomore year of college and didn’t really know anyone. I was largely unfamiliar with Greek life, but was very interested, so I decided to go through informal recruitment. All of the organizations were fantastic and the growth and learning opportunities were all there, but through that process I met some girls in Sigma that I instantly connected with. Years later, I’m still in touch with them, they’ve become some of my best friends, and were there to support me during the big moments in my life.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: Wisdom. I really love all of the other values as well, but one of my passions in life is to never stop learning. To learn from the experiences that life gives you and to pass on what you’ve learned to others. I love hearing about others’ lives and what wisdom they have to pass along as well.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I graduated with a degree in Marketing from Kent State about two years ago. Since then, I’ve been working for a manufacturing company doing their marketing. I really enjoyed a lot about my job, but the passion just wasn’t there. One of my life goals is to have a job that I’m incredibly passionate about, where I feel like I’m doing something great with my life. I had to take a step back and figure out what that was. Becoming a consultant for Tri Sigma is a step in that direction. You get the opportunity to work with campuses and give students the support that they need. When you work directly with them, it gives you an opportunity to make a difference in lives.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I’ll be on the CWRU colony all this year, so I’m most looking forward to working with the collegiate members to build a fantastic chapter and the base for something that will last for years. A chapter that will change the lives and opportunities for future women is being built right now and I get to be a part of that.

Meet your Regional Consultants: Kelly Ourada

  • Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

KelliThroughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our next spotlight is Kelly Ourada (Zeta Tau), Colony Consultant.

Name:  Kelli Ourada

Initiated Chapter: Zeta Tau, Missouri Western State University

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Fun Fact about yourself: My favorite animal is a hippo!

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma to have a home away from home at college!

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: Love because it is the back bone of everything!  It is so important to try to always come from a place of love.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I wanted to give back to this amazing organization.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I’m looking forward to creating new friendships, learning from the women I work with and growing as a person.

Is everybody wearing panties? More than a pretty face

  • Posted on September 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Molly Schroeder SteadmanI was watching the Emmys this week (don’t judge me, they were my only adult interaction all day), when I was struck by something sort of profound. The women, glamorous in their designer gowns and fabulous jewelry, were asked about their clothes. The men, dashing in black tuxes and killer smiles, were asked about their work.

At first I thought I was imagining it, after all I had just played a marathon session of I Spy and had read Madeline 73 times that day, so obviously I wasn’t at my best.

But it kept happening, again and again, and it got me thinking, is it just E-TV or has the whole world slipped out of gender neutral and into gender overdrive?

Running errands the other day, we stopped to pick up new school shoes, my own personal hell. The sales guy commented on my girl’s hair bows and dresses but had a whole conversation about Spider-Man with the boy next to us. The checker at the grocery store, “aren’t you pretty?” While my nephew got, “what a smart little guy you are!” Again and again, the adult interaction my daughters had was about their looks, while the boys I observed got asked about interests, smarts and super heroes.

Don’t get me wrong, I am glad my daughters are pretty but they (and women everywhere!) are so
much more than that! Our values include respecting intelligence, placing importance on an individual’s contribution of work and thought. So how can we promote those values in the media and in day to day interactions with others?

It’s a tough question and made even more so by our natural love of dresses and make up and hair bows. I mean,  come on, did you see Allison Janey at the Emmys? She looked incredible and she is like 50! It’s gives me such hope… The challenge we and mothers and sisters and women everywhere face, is demonstrating that our love of all things girly isn’t the only thing we love.

For me, I am subtly (I know, right? me subtle) directing the conversations my kids have with other adults towards their gymnastics class or a recent art project. I am trying to read more than just the Entertainment section. Keeping up with current events means, I will have something of substance to talk about when l am out and about. When you see little girls or girls of any size comment on more than just their looks. Tell them they are smart, and strong and brave. Our looks will only get us so far!

You are more than just a pretty face, it’s time the rest of the world noticed!

Meet your Regional Consultants: Sarah Cummins

  • Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

SarahThroughout the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our Regional Consultants. Our next spotlight is Sarah Cummins (Zeta Kappa), Colony Consultant.

Name: Sarah Cummins

Initiated Chapter: Zeta Kappa, Montclair State University

Hometown: Roxbury, New Jersey

Fun Fact about yourself: My favorite animals are Dinosaurs, Sheep, and Hedgehogs. 

Why did you join Tri Sigma?: I joined Tri Sigma because I was looking for a way to become more involved on campus and meet people that I wouldn’t be able to meet through my major and my classes. I wanted to make a difference, become a strong leader and make connections that would help me in my post-graduate life. Tri Sigma was the perfect organization for me to achieve all of that and even more.

Your favorite Tri Sigma Value & Why: My favorite value would have to be love. Love is important because Tri Sigma is founded on the love of our sisterhood. Without the love and support of all of our sisters, there is no way we could achieve all the goals we have set forth for ourselves. It’s what makes Tri Sigma not just an organization, but a sisterhood and our home.

Why did you decide to become a consultant?: I decided to become a Regional Consultant because Tri Sigma helped me become a better person and taught me so many skills, like leadership and self- confidence. I decided that it was only right to give back to an organization that gave me so much! I am excited to help other women have the same collegiate experience I was lucky enough to have because of Tri Sigma.

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to helping Tri Sigma expand this year while working with the New Chapters and Colony consultant team. I can’t wait to meet all the wonderful women in this organization.