Penn Panhellenic Recruitment Flip Book 2021-2022

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The fall semester has many opportunities for you to learn more about the Panhellenic Community at Penn!



Ask Me About Panhellenic Panel Date 1: October 25th 9pm-10pm Date 2: October 27th 5pm-6pm Location TBD


Panhellenic Late Night Study Break Date October 22nd Time: 4pm-6pm Location Penn Commons (Insomnia Cookies provided!)


Panhellenic Council Open House Date: November 13th Time: TBD Location TBD



Diversity and Inclusion in Panhellenic Panel Date: November 8th and November 4th Time:6pm-7pm Location TBD

Registration for Recruitment this year is a flat fee of $25, please register before December 15th to aid in processing, registration closes Jan. 1.

Register before this date to help us plan Primary Recruitment!



Canvas Module for Convocation available


Open House conversations begin on Zoom


Sisterhood Round on Zoom


Philanthropy Round with Sorority Chapters


Preference Round with Sorority Chapters


Meetings with Rho Gammas for Bid Day then Chapter Bid Day Events

Although we do not have the time specifics of recruitment finalized, you can reserve these days in your calendar to be available for recruitment! Times will be established after registration ends so class schedules can be taken into consideration.

WELCOME As you read the following pages, please remember that this flip book was designed with YOU in mind. There is valuable information on each page intentionally written to help you prepare for this incredible experience. In addition, there is information on our website about how to register, information on membership expectations, and much more!

Director, Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Community

Letter from the Vice President of Recrutiment On behalf of the Panhellenic community, we are beyond thrilled that you are interested in joining the Greek community. Sororities at Penn are filled with strong, passionate, and dedicated leaders on campus. Panhellenic offers a unique opportunity for you to engage with an organization that upholds the values of sisterhood, philanthropy, involvement, and leadership development. Enter the opportunity of recruitment with an open mind and be yourself! You are going to end up right where you are supposed to be! This flipbook is a resource for you. I hope it answers some frequently asked questions, gives you more information on specific chapters, and provides additional resources you may need. If you have any questions as a potential new member I am always available by email to chat. I hope you all have a great experience! Relax and have fun!

Over the last several years, I have the pleasure of working with such confident, inspirational, and empowered women. The Panhellenic community is a network both at Penn and internationally. With 26 National Panhellenic Conference member groups, 7 on Penn's campus, everywhere you go you'll meet an active or alumnae member of a sorority. My experience as a sorority woman was enhanced through the relationships built with fellow Panhellenic women. My purpose has strengthened through work and volunteering with collegiate and alumnae members. This experience can be so much more than four years and one chapter if you let it be. Recruitment is just the start. It starts somewhere, It starts with you.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US pennpanhellenic.vprecruitment


3933 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104


Aish Balaji VP of Community Development

Shriya Beesam President

Christmas Cotter VP of Recruitment



- Shriya Beesam, Panhellenic Iman Fathali Catherine Qian President VP of Health and Wellness VP of Service & Philanthropy

Najma Dayib VP of Diversity


Marilyn Pesantez VP of Finance & Correspondence

Aarya Patel VP of Programming


Zoom Event Tips and Tricks: click text for links to zoom help site Since Open House & Sisterhood round is virtual, weather appropriate attire is no longer a concern. It is still important to present yourself well so that you feel confident and show respect to all the planning that goes into these structured events!

We encourage you to sit in front of a plain wall in a room with good lighting facing you. Avoid bright lights or sunlight behind you. Use headphones or find a quiet space to have conversations.

You are welcome to add a plain virtual background during your events to keep focus on you and your conversations,. Click Here for Zoom site for Help on Virtual Backgrounds

Make sure that you ALWAYS log into Zoom with SSO using your Penn Key at Click Here to access this zoom site.

Make sure than when you log into Zoom your name is displayed the same as the one you entered when signing up on campus director for recruitment and add our council ID Number like such:

Check often for updates to make sure you are on the newest version of Zoom and it is best to use the downloaded application on your computer. Avoid using the phone or a Chromebook if possible.

Zoom has a great help center that is very detailed! If you are nervous about Zoom, use their website to get comfortable before recruitment: https://support

NAME DISPLAY Preferred Name Last Name - Council ID # EXAMPLE Jessica Ryan - 102

Keep you camera on and use your mic to talk! Stay attentive showing respect in your conversations! Don't multitask during the conversations or events!

You can hide your own camera on your view in zoom so you can focus on looking at the person you are talking to rather than your own camera.

SCHEDULE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: Please adjust your schedule so that you can attend all events for the full duration of recruitment. If this is not possible due to a class, religious observance, time zone conflicts, athletics, or other extenuating circumstance, complete the google form with your conflict as soon as you are aware of it. If you find out about a conflict less than 24 hours before a round, notify your Rho Gamma and fill out the form. Submitting your conflict will help us customize your schedule to maximize your attendance but does not guarantee you will not miss events. The conflict form can be found here:

Open House Round January 10th 10:00am - 9:20pm Meet your Rho Gamma virtually to receive your personal schedule for the day. These events are 30 minutes, and at the zoom event you will talk to sisters. The open house rounds are an opportunity to meet all of the chapters. On this round the chapter will want to get to know you, and hopefully you will get to know them and get a feel for the chapter. When you leave an event, go directly to the next event on your schedule. Upon completion of your last event, you will virtually meet with your Rho Gamma submit to your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

Sisterhood Round January 11th 1:00pm - 9:20pm Meet your Rho Gamma virtually to receive your personal schedule for the day. These events are 45 minutes, and at the zoom event you will talk to sisters. Sisterhood videos on Canvas compliment this round. The sisterhood events are an opportunity learn more about the chapters you've been invited back to. On this round the chapter will share their experiences relating to sisterhood, friendships, chapter events, and how they celebrate their members achievements. Chapters will also be prepared to talk about financial obligations and GPA requirements, so make sure to ask! When you leave an event, go directly to the next event on your schedule. Upon completion of your last event, you will virtually meet with your Rho Gamma submit to your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

COMMON ATTIRE Don't feel any pressure to dress in a certain attire!

Dress comfortable and confident since these rounds are on Zoom!

SCHEDULE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: Please adjust your schedule so that you can attend all events for the full duration of recruitment. If this is not possible due to a class, religious observance, time zone conflicts, athletics, or other extenuating circumstance, complete the google form with your conflict as soon as you are aware of it. If you find out about a conflict less than 24 hours before a round, notify your Rho Gamma and fill out the form. Submitting your conflict will help us customize your schedule to maximize your attendance but does not guarantee you will not miss events. The conflict form can be found here:

Philanthropy Round Day 1 January 13th 3:30pm - 8:15pm

Philanthropy Round Day 2 January 14h 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Meet your Rho Gamma prior to rounds between 12:30pm and 3:15pm to receive your personal schedule for the day.

These events are one hour, and you will be learning about each sorority's philanthropic efforts. Sisters will be excited to talk about the service initiatives and philanthropy events they host throughout the year.

These events are one hour, and you will be learning about each sorority's philanthropic efforts. Sisters will be excited to talk about the service initiatives and philanthropy events they host throughout the year. When you leave an event, go directly to the next event on your schedule. If you have a break, go stay warm in rooms on campus, and arrive at your next scheduled house 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the event.

When you leave an event, go directly to the next event on your schedule. If you have a break, go stay warm in rooms on campus, and arrive at your next scheduled house 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the event. Upon completion of your last event, you will virtually meet with your Rho Gamma submit to your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

Upon completion of your last event, you will virtually meet with your Rho Gamma submit to your preferences for the next round of recruitment.

COMMON ATTIRE These rounds are more casual, and you may dress as if you were going to lunch downtown with friends.

The Philanthropy Round attire is very similar to the Sisterhood round.

SCHEDULE SCHEDULE CONFLICTS: Please adjust your schedule so that you can attend all events for the full duration of recruitment. If this is not possible due to a class, religious observance, time zone conflicts, athletics, or other extenuating circumstance, complete the google form with your conflict as soon as you are aware of it. If you find out about a conflict less than 24 hours before a round, notify your Rho Gamma and fill out the form. Submitting your conflict will help us customize your schedule to maximize your attendance but does not guarantee you will not miss events. The conflict form can be found here:

Preference Round January 15th 3:15pm - 9:15pm Meet your Rho Gamma between 1:30pm and 3:00pm to receive your personal schedule for the night. Preference events are an opportunity to build on the connections you've made this week with the chapters you've been invited back to. These events are one hour long, and are a beautiful ceremonial experience. Because of the nature of the event and the important decision you will make at the end of the round, this day is more formal. We ask that you do not talk to other PNMs or outside sources, and make your decision based off of how you feel. After your last event, you will go directly to Exec Zoom Headquarters to meet with your Rho Gamma and sign the MRABA (described on PAGE 9).

Bid Day January 16th Time TBD Meet your Rho Gamma at 2:30pm. This day of celebration is when the official invitations ("bids") to join one of the Panhellenic organizations are given out. Your bid will only be from one of the chapters you visited on the day prior (Preference Round). Bid day starts with Rho Gam Meetings to open your invitations and then concludes with bid day event with your new chapter. After the official invitation, PNMs will join their new sorority for a sisterhood event. Not all women who register for recruitment receive bids. However, PNMs who fully participate in recruitment, and maximize their options by attending all events they are invited to have a very high bid matching rate at Penn.

COMMON ATTIRE Because of the nature of the event, dress for preference is more formal. A nice cocktail dress or skirt and blouse are appropriate. Make sure to dress warmly! Tights and sleeves are encouraged.

Bid Day is casual. Wear comfortable shoes. The chapters may have a t shirt for you to wear for their event after the bid distribution.

RECRUITMENT GUIDES "RHO GAMMAS" Rho Gammas go through many hours of training to be the best resource for PNMs during recruitment. They have chosen to take on this role to get to know you and support you in your decision, so utilize them as you go through recruitment! Learn more about their role below. Recruitment is an exciting and memorable experience, but it can be an overwhelming and emotional time as well. Recruitment Guides, referred to as Rho Gammas, are undergraduate women from various sororities at Penn, who represent the Panhellenic community during recruitment. This means that from the time of her selection until Bid Day, she is not allowed to talk to any sorority sisters about the recruitment process. They do this to fully focus on the PNMS and keep PNM personal information confidential. You should feel comfortable talking to her about the decisions you are making, and how you are feeling about the process. She is there to help you!

Your Recruitment Guide is your resource for all information about recruitment. She is there to answer your questions, refer you to helpful resources, and to guide you in your decisions when you submit preferences. An event called Meet you Rho Gamma allows you to get to know your assigned Rho Gamma before recruitment begins. During recruitment, they are for you from Convocation until Bid Day. All meetings with your Recruitment Guide are required, as she is there to provide you with essential information about the process. Please be sure to stay in touch with her often. She will give you her cell phone number and email address. All questions that the Rho Gamma cannot answer should be directed to the Panhellenic VPs of Recruitment.

WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE ASKING MY RECRUITMENT GUIDE SOMETHING? You should always feel free to talk to another Recruitment Guide or a member of Panhellenic Executive Board, or email the VP Recruitment at pennpanhellenic.vprecruitment

Potential New Member Bill of Rights Penn Panhellenic values each individual. Panhellenic holds all members accountable for following recruitment rules and upholds these PNM Bill of Rights during the Recruitment Process, to ensure that each PNM has the best recruitment experience. The right to be treated as an individual The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment guides and members The right to be treated with respect

All PNMs should feel comfortable speaking with Panhellenic VP of Health and Wellness if she feels a rule has been broken or that she has been harmed in any way during the process.

The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers The right to have and express opinions to recruitment guides The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others The right to be fully informed about the NPC Unanimous Agreements implicit in the MRABA signing process The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and new member experience

More information about the rules of recruitment that apply to PNMs and all sorority members will be available in the Convocation videos in Canvas. Click to the right to see our rule reading for Potential New Members.

All members and PNMs are expected to be respectful in recruitment events and conversations. Rude behavior can be reported through a confidential form in order for PHC Recruitment Team to hold the sister or PNM accountable.

Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement

MRABA is signed after your last Preference Event

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) wants every potential new member (PNM) to be informed about her options for joining a sorority. This script (found on the next page) is to be used immediately before a potential new member (PNM) completes the MRABA during fully structured and partially structured recruitment. It should be read aloud to a PNM and be unaltered. A PNM should only sign the MRABA when she fully understands the contract she is signing. She should have the opportunity to have all her questions answered. Signing this document is her acknowledgement that she understands the terms and conditions. All PNMs are given final instruction during the time of signing about the MRABA through the use of the NPC MRABA Script to understand more about what they are agreeing to abide by.


First, Introduction where you agree to the binding contract: This is a binding contract with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). You are choosing to complete this form because you participated in the primary membership recruitment process referred throughout this MRABA simply as “Recruitment.” Withdrawing or continuing in recruitment: In this section, you may choose to withdraw from recruitment at this time or continue in recruitment. If you choose to withdraw, this means you will not join a sorority now, but you could join a sorority in the future by participating in the continuous open bidding (COB) process. These future opportunities are not guaranteed and may not be available for all of the sororities on campus. If you would like to withdraw from recruitment at this time, please initial on the line and move directly to Part 5 and sign. If you choose to continue to participate in recruitment, you will initial the selection and move to Part 2.

6. Before you submit this binding agreement, please stop and ask any questions that you may still have. You should not sign this binding contract if you have questions or need further explanations on any of the items listed. You are agreeing to a binding contract. Once signed, you are agreeing that you understand each item listed.


Understanding of the ranking process: In this section, you agree that each of the following statements is true: You are willing to accept a bid from any sorority you list on the agreement (in Part 4). You will rank each sorority in order of your preference for receiving a bid, putting your first choice first. By writing down the name of a sorority at this time, you are agreeing to receive a bid from that sorority. This means you agree that if one of the sororities on your list (regardless of first or second preference) extends you a bid, you are willing to accept it. Writing down a second preference (if applicable) does not increase your likelihood of membership into your first preference. If you attended a sorority’s preference event, and you will not accept a bid from that sorority, you do not have to rank that sorority. You do not have to list all the sororities that are your remaining choices. If you are certain you will not accept a bid from any of your remaining choices, you may choose to limit your choices. Limiting your choices will neither increase nor decrease your chances of receiving a bid to your first ranked selection. You understand if you choose to rank fewer sororities, you might not receive a bid through recruitment.


Understanding the effect of submitting the MRABA: After submitting this form, you cannot change your rankings. You cannot add or delete any sororities to your rankings. If you do not receive a bid from any sorority you ranked, you understand you are eligible to join a sorority later through the COB process. You understand that not all sororities will recruit through COB. If you do receive a bid from a sorority you ranked, but you choose not to accept that bid, you understand that you are NOT eligible to join any other sorority on this campus until the start of the next primary membership recruitment process. You will not be eligible to participate in COB if this opportunity is available.



Ranking your preferences: In this section, please rank each sorority you are willing to receive a bid from in preference order. You only have the ability to rank a sorority whose preference event you attended. You should only rank a sorority you are willing to join. If you will not accept a bid from a sorority, you should not rank/write that sorority. Signing the contract: In this section, you agree that you have read and understood the MRABA. By signing or submitting this MRABA, you agree to be bound by its terms. You have never been initiated into an NPC sorority. You understand that if you join an NPC sorority and choose to become an initiated member of that sorority, you cannot join another NPC member organization, regardless of the circumstances.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT Be yourself! Joining a sorority is all about meeting new people and making deeper bonds in the very large community that is Penn. You will end up exactly where you are supposed to be! Stay calm and enjoy the opportunity to connect with so many amazing women! - Christmas Cotter, VP of Recruitment

STAY HEALTHY Please step away from the screen in between events. Be sure to eat enough, drink a lot of water, and take activity or stretch breaks! Get plenty of sleep. Use your evenings and free time to rest and stay on top of your classes and cleanse from screen time! It is important that you follow all Campus Compact rules and reduce your risk of exposure to Covid-19.

MEET PEOPLE Be kind to others in your group. Everyone has a different experience during recruitment, and it is important to respect your fellow PNM's feelings and support each other throughout the process.


Ask questions during the events! It helps the conversation and is a sign of your interest in the organization. Be respectful in the conversations, regardless of whether or not you think you like the sorority. Your opinion may change with each person you meet, and you may decide that you like a chapter that you thought you weren't interested in. If you do not think you are interested in a certain sorority, you should still be courteous to the women hosting you. When you join any sorority, you are also joining Panhellenic, and those women are part of that larger community. Do not interpret any remark made at an event as assurance of a bid. An individual member has no way of deciding on their own or knowing if you will receive a bid.


MAKE GOOD CHOICES Look at each sorority as a whole. Sororities are made up of many individuals - don't judge it by just one woman that you met. Be mature in your decision making. Do not be influenced by others' opinions. This organization will be with you for the rest of your life, and is bigger than one year, person, or your time at Penn. Every year we hear from PNMs after recruitment or sisters years later, that they wish they would have kept an open mind during the recruitment process, stressed less about their choices, and listened more to what they were feeling and wanted rather than listening to others, take their advice and make smarter choices for you.



In joining a sorority, you are committing yourself to fulfilling the obligations of membership. Among these obligations is committing to the values of the sorority. Collectively, our values are: scholarship, leadership, service to others, and friendship. Feel free to ask each chapter about the additional values that are important to their sisterhood.

Penn’s seven Panhellenic groups have houses that are designated chapter facilities. Sisters often describe the experience of living in the house as strengthening their sense of sisterhood with other members.


One of the expectations of membership is to live in the sorority house, if space permits. Each chapter is expected to fill its house with Juniors and Seniors (starting fall 2021). We encourage women to not sign off campus leases until they know their chapter house is filled. Panhellenic sororities value scholarship. One of the obligations of membership is to uphold the academic standard.


DUES + FEES $550-971 $91 $175-$350

The University has a requirement that all students wishing to join a fraternity or sorority at Penn must have completed at least four credit units and have a minimum of 2.50 GPA prior to being approved to join an organization. In addition to the minimum set by the university for joining, each sorority has a minimum GPA requirement to join and maintain membership. The minimum to join ranges up to a 2.75 GPA. Being a member also requires a financial commitment. Chapter dues pay for a number of different things, including sisterhood events, social functions, programming, and inter/national fees. The first semester dues range from $550-$971, averaging out at $775. In addition, OFSL requires a $91 annual Programming Fee and Out of House Member Fee ranging between $175-$350 a semester for members living out of the house. Be sure to ask each chapter about payment plans, dues structure, and scholarship opportunities during Philanthropy Round!

Recruitment can be stressful and you may have a lot of questions, the following are valuable resources. Wellness at Penn


Penn has a plethora of resources that are here to support your health, wellness, and academic needs. Visit their website for links to their resources and on Instagram @WellnessatPenn

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS offers free and confidential services to all Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Student Health Services Whether (SHS) you are not feeling well or have an injury, SHS is available for students to be seen for appointments with a nurse or doctor.

Reach a Peer Helpline (RAP Line) The Reach-A-Peer Helpline is a peer help line that provides confidential peer support, information, and referrals to any and all students of Penn. The service is open to all students who wish to share a problem, are in need of information, or just want to talk to someone about anything on their mind. Find their contact information on their Penn Clubs site linked in title.

Penn Benjamins (PennBens)

Penn Benjamins is an organization run by students, for students. They offer short-term, confidential peer listening and referral services to any member of the Penn undergraduate community. Visit their website linked in the title or follow them on instagram or facebook @pennbenjamins

Weingarten Learning Resources Learning Resources offers opportunities for students to build and strengthen their study skills and strategies as they engage with Penn coursework and a variety of academic projects. Learning specialists support students through individual consultations and group workshops that often address time/project management, organization, academic reading, research and writing, problemsolving, and exam preparation.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

Panhellenic welcomes students with disabilities and we are committed to providing the same exceptional opportunities to all students. If you would like to request accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Office of Disabilities Services at 215-573-9235 or and through their website. Please contact the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you would like to request access to a Panhellenic event by emailing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Najma Dayib, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Penn Panhellenic acknowledges the continued lack of diversity concerning race, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, and much more in Greek life. Therefore, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our recruitment process. The Panhellenic Council strives to hold these challenging and necessary conversations within our chapters and work to achieve our goals. Every Panhellenic chapter must go through a mandatory implicit bias and DEI training prior to recruitment. Any chapter reported for discriminatory behavior will face sanctions from the Panhellenic Council. We urge you to report any inequitable behavior to your Rho Gamma immediately. We will always strive to increase diversity within every membership level of each chapter and the Panhellenic Council. In addition, we hope to develop a membership experience that is always striving to become more accessible, equitable, and inclusive for members. We will continue to hold those conversations and educate ourselves and our peers. For more information on the present work the Panhellenic Council is doing, feel free to send an email to

Helpful Resources: Greenfield Intercultural Center La Casa Latina LGBT Center Makuu PAACH

ORGANIZATIONS AT PENN Penn students can join more than 600 clubs and organizations, most of which register with the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life (OFSL) oversees three governing councils affiliated with International/National Fraternities and Sororities: Panhellenic Council (PHC), Intercultural Greek Council (IGC), & Interfraternity Council (IFC). Penn’s approximately forty eight recognized Greek chapters are defined by the fraternity’s or sorority’s stated values, purpose, and ceremonies. OFSL requires that recognized Greek organizations meet accreditation standards and expectations for academic excellence, chapter operations, member development, leadership development, and experiential learning, as well as accountability for university and national policies around risk reduction and management. Students and chapters are expected to follow Penn policies and local, state, and federal laws.

Intercultural Greek Council (IGC)

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

IGC is comprised of 4 fraternities and 7 sororities. Each of those 11 chapters are a member of one of the national umbrella groups: National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association (NAPA), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

IFC is comprised of 26 organizations (24 men's and 2 co-ed groups). There are two major periods in which IFC recruits new members, Informal Recruitment in the Fall semester, and Formal Recruitment in the Spring semester. Informal Recruitment is only for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, while Formal Recruitment is also open to freshmen.

IGC conducts recruitment/intake processes which may include interest meetings and/or chapter-specific events where candidates can learn about the organization. All secondsemester freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors, are eligible to participate in recruitment/intake if they meet the eligibility requirements for OFSL and the member organization.

For either joining period, the process begins by signing up on Campus Director, in which prospective students fill out an e-application that helps OFSL determine academic eligibility for joining. All interested students must register on Campus Director in order to be able to participate in any recruitmentrelated events. If you are pursuing a co-ed group and PHC, register in PHC CD and email the IFC Advisor at

WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL-BASED FRATERNITIES? At Penn, some registered student organizations function as academic or thematic co-ed fraternities. Examples include a business fraternity or engineering fraternity like Theta Tau, which is a national co-ed engineering fraternity that has a chapter at Penn. These organizations are based in schools, not OFSL, and typically have staff or faculty advisors. WHAT ABOUT INDEPENDENT GROUPS THAT ACT LIKE FRATERNITIES OR SORORITIES? Penn is home to several identified off-campus organizations which operate independently of the University, without advising or regulation. These groups may have formed after a national fraternity or sorority closed its Penn chapter due to policy sanctions or other reasons. Some of these groups may utilize Greek letters or even refer to themselves as fraternities; they recruit members and host social events in private off-campus residences. These groups receive no University funding. They may or may not follow risk management protocols. Identified off-campus groups are expected to notify the Office of Student Affairs of their leadership and member rosters, and are expected to register any events they host with alcohol. Students who join these organizations, and the groups themselves, are expected to follow Penn policies and local, state, and federal laws. Currently no women's organizations have chosen to identify themselves with OSA to follow the identified off-campus organization process. These organizations are not nationally affiliated.

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Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi at Penn is an organization of adventurous, involved, and empowered women! With over two decades on Penn’s campus, we are proud to carry on the traditions that date back to Alpha Phi’s founding in 1872, while still learning and growing to forge our own path as a chapter. As one of the first sororities in the nation, Alpha Phi is called an international fraternity because we were founded with global chapters before the word “sorority” was even invented! Our sisters can be found leading activities throughout campus: athletic teams, honor societies, dance and acapella groups, and community service organizations that contribute to our futures as entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, and so much more. In addition to contributing to life at Penn, Alpha Phis are dedicated to their chapter and sisters. We celebrate Penn’s unique traditions together, such as Spring Fling, Homecoming, and Hey Day. Alpha Phi also plans many exciting sisterhood events, including trips to nearby beaches, hiking excursions, apple picking, Center City brunches, and catered study breaks.

"Alpha Phi International fraternity is a membership organization dedicated to promoting sisterhood, cultivating leadership, encouraging intellectual curiosity and advocating service. Alpha Phi develops character for a lifetime."

Along with our social and sisterhood events, philanthropy is extremely important to every Alpha Phi. The Alpha Phi Foundation supports women’s cardiac care and research. Alpha Phi raises thousands of dollars at our Annual Red Dress Gala– a tradition of many Alpha Phi chapters across the nation. Family, friends, and alumni are invited to raise money for women’s heart health in a night out on the town filled with good food, silent auctions, raffles, and prizes. Other philanthropy events include our Mac ‘n Phis late night, where guests raise money for the Alpha Phi Foundation while enjoying all you can eat mac ‘n cheese, and our Spring soccer tournament– Alpha Phifa. Alpha Phi also loves to participate in Panhellenic and Penn fundraisers like the Rena Rowan Ribbon Run and Relay for Life. Likewise, we spearhead our own fundraising initiatives for pressing issues of the time, such as raising funds for families devastated by the Beirut explosion and supporting local Black-owned businesses. We also strive to make an impact in Philadelphia by partnering with community service organizations like the Transplant House and Operation Santa. In Alpha Phi, sisters find rewarding experiences both inside and outside of our sisterhood. Most importantly, the sisters are forever connected through unforgettable memories, lifelong friendships, and an unconditional network of support and empowerment. The Eta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi welcomes you to Recruitment 2021. We can’t wait to get to know you!


1872 at Syracuse University chartered at Penn in 1988


Colors: Silver and Bordeaux Flower: Lilly of the Valley & Forget-me-not Symbol: Ivy Leaf Mascot: Phi Bear


172 International Chapters


Alpha Phi Foundation which supports Women's Heart Health

Housing 4045 Walnut Street 21 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter

Eta Iota Chapter

Colors: Silver and Bordeaux

Chi Omega

Sisters on Purpose The Beta Alpha chapter of Chi Omega is proud to be a diverse sisterhood of women from all sectors of the Penn community. Chi Omegas are not only very involved in the sorority, but they also hold leadership positions in organizations like student government, varsity sports, performing arts groups, student publications, social justice, among many more. We value women who are passionate about their unique interests and provide a community where each person’s perspective is appreciated. We are strong women who realize that balance is the key to success, and love the way Chi Omega helps us be enthusiastic about sisterhood, philanthropy, and social events. Our packed calendar includes apple picking excursions, movie nights at the house, alumni trips to Manhattan, class dinners, date and crush parties, formals, and multiple philanthropy events throughout the semester.

"Throughout Chi Omega’s long history, six purposes have guided the direction of every chapter and provided members unequaled opportunities for personal growth and development. Those purposes are Friendship, High Standards of Personnel, Sincere Learning and Creditable Scholarship, Participation in Campus Activities, Career Development and Community Service."

Chi Omega supports the Make- A-Wish Foundation with its fall Chi O Late Night at Wishbone and spring Best of the Nest event, as well other activities throughout the year. The Beta Alpha chapter was able to grant a 6-year old lymphoma patient at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania her wish to go to Disney World and threw a send-off party in her honor in the theme of her favorite princess--Elsa from Frozen. As the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world, with over 350,000 initiates, the Chi Omega network extends well beyond Penn. Our extensive alumnae network offers scholarships for graduate education, professional networking, social get-togethers, leadership training, and more. You may be a collegiate sister for just a few years, but you will truly be a Chi Omega for a lifetime! Whether you’re hoping to find a new group of friends, a place you can call home, a new set of inspirations and values, or a vast community of successful and genuine women and sisters, Chi Omega has something to offer. Each member is able to contribute her special qualities, interests, and capabilities to an organization that represents the ideal blend of individuality, companionship, and teamwork. We are so excited to welcome the newest class to Chi Omega – good luck with Recruitment!


1895 at University of Arkansas chartered at Penn in 1919


Colors: Cardinal and Straw Flower: White Carnation Symbol: Owl


181 National Chapters

Philanthropy Make-A-Wish Foundation


3926 Spruce Street 16 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter

Beta Alpha Chapter

Colors: Cardinal and Straw

Delta Delta Delta

Let us steadfastly; love one another Tri Delta is the oldest sorority on Penn’s campus. In its 116 years at Penn, the Psi chapter has attracted a dynamic and diverse group of women who are active in all facets of campus life, including several Varsity Sports Teams, Penn Dance, Wharton Women, Best Buddies, A Moment of Magic, the Period Project, Undergraduate Advisory Boards, and Kite and Key. In addition to being leaders on campus, we also strive as a chapter to make significant strides beyond Locust Walk. Every fall, Tri Delta hosts Trihop, a pancake breakfast with music, games, and sisterhood, helping to raise millions of dollars for our national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In fact, Tri Delta chapters nationwide are working to fulfill their pledge to raise $60 million in 10 years for St Jude.

"The purpose of Delta Delta Delta shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, to assist its members in every possible way."


Since our founding in 1888, TriDelta’s traditions, rituals, and sisterhood have become well-established nationwide, helping to create a large social network that extends far beyond Penn. In addition to our philanthropic and social activities, the most rewarding aspects of Tri Delta are the bonds of friendship--we’re not only sisters, but best friends. We are an extremely close chapter and always have fun together, whether we’re dancing at semesterly date nights and formals, dining downtown with Bigs and Littles, or de-stressing during study breaks. Our chapter house is an important part of our chapter, as 33 sisters live-in and all sisters are welcome. Sisters can congregate at the chapter house for midday meals, movie nights, group study sessions, and to use our kitchen and comfortable common spaces! At Tri Delta, you will meet an ambitious group of fun and intelligent women. The Psi chapter looks forward to meeting you and wishes you the best in Recruitment!

Colors: Silver, Gold and Blue

1888 at Boston University chartered at Penn in 1904


Colors: Silver, Gold and Blue Flower: Pansy Symbol: Trident Mascot: Dolphin


141 International Chapters

Philanthropy St. Jude Children's Cancer Research

Housing 4044 Spruce Street 33 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter Psi Chapter

Kappa Alpha Theta

"Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life."

Leading Women Kappa Alpha Theta was originally chartered at Penn in 1919 and recolonized in 1988, when the members of the Nu Delta Society were initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta. As Thetas, we are devoted to scholarship, community service and friendship. Theta prides itself on the diversity of the sisterhood. Coming from all different backgrounds, Thetas are involved in a wide variety of campus activities including class boards, varsity sports, dance and a cappella groups, the Panhellenic Council, the Kite and Key Society, Friars and Mortar Board Senior Honor Societies, and many more. Our international philanthropy is CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates – an agency providing trained volunteers who speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in court. The information provided by CASA volunteers enables judges to make informed and timely decisions about what is in the best interest of the child, thereby allowing these children to have the best chance at childhood. We have many fundraisers throughout the year to raise money and awareness for CASA. As a women’s organization, we are also committed to awareness of issues that affect us as women, such as self-defense and body image. Of course, being a part of Theta is also having fun. We have theme parties, date parties, formals, and brunches with our family and alumnae at our house. In addition, we place an emphasis on sisterhood activities within the chapter, such as movie nights, chapter dinners, and trips around Philadelphia to promote unity among our diverse and active membership. We are a motivated group of women and we are proud of the fact that we have been able to pursue our own activities as individuals, while still coming together to make the Beta Eta chapter of Theta strong. We welcome you to Recruitment and look forward to meeting you!


1870 DePauw University chartered at Penn in 1919


Colors: Black and Gold Flower: Black and Gold Pansy Symbol: Kite and Twin Stars


212 International Chapters

Philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Housing 130 S 39th Street 22 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter Beta Eta Chapter

Colors: Black and Gold

Sigma Delta Tau

“It shall be the purpose of this fraternal organization to form a close social and fraternal union of those of similar ideals and to foster, maintain, and instill such ideals in the hearts of its members as will result in actions worthy of the highest precepts of true womanhood, democracy, and humanity.”

One Hope of Many People The University of Pennsylvania welcomed the Beta chapter of Sigma Delta Tau to its campus on June 20, 1920. Since then, the sisters of SDT have been extremely active members of the Penn community. We have been recognized for exhibiting outstanding scholarship, holding the title of highest average GPA of the chapters of the Panhellenic Association. In recent years, SDT has organized many events to raise awareness for and benefit our national philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). Our annual late-night fundraising event at Greek Lady is not only always a great time, but it is also successful in raising an impressive amount of money for PCAA; this year we raised almost $10,000. Additionally, throughout the year, our chapter hosts many community service events such as bake sales and trunk shows that also benefit PCAA. As leading women in the community, we are constantly working to further our philanthropy and are committed to having a positive impact in and outside of Penn. The sisters of SDT are proud to be extremely involved on Penn’s campus. Members are leaders in a variety of campus organizations, like Kite & Key Society, Wharton Women, varsity sports teams, and performing arts groups. In addition to our work with PCAA, members also value giving back to the Philadelphia community. In their free time, many sisters volunteer at CHOP and participate in the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Our close-knit sorority promotes a strong bond of friendship and sisterhood. This sense of community is continually fostered through the numerous events hosted for the chapter such as movie nights, yoga classes during finals, and a Thanksgiving Potluck. Each semester we have a number of formal social events like date parties, crush parties, and formals that further bring our chapter together. Even on a day-today basis, there is opportunity for us to spend time together as sisters of all years are welcome to eat dinner at the chapter house. The women of the Beta chapter of Sigma Delta Tau are true friends at heart. Our sisterhood wishes you well in Recruitment and we look forward to meeting you soon!


Colors: Cafe Au Lait and Old Blue

1917 at Cornell University chartered at Penn in 1919


Colors: Cafe Au Lait and Old Blue Flower: Golden Tea Rose Symbol: Torch Mascot: Teddy Bear


105 National Chapters

Philanthropy Sigma Delta Tau Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse America, and Jewish Women International


3833 Walnut Street 35 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter Beta Chapter

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Sigma Kappa

One Heart, One Way As the Kappa Iota Chapter of Sigma Kappa, we pride ourselves on our diversity and close-knit sisterhood. We believe that each member of the chapter is unique in her own way and has the ability to pursue talents and passions individually. However, together, we are able to create invaluable friendships, support systems, and relationships that last beyond our four years here at Penn. Our sisters are involved in a wide range of activities and often take on positions that enable them to drive innovation and positive change across campus. Some of these activities include Penn Democrats, Wharton Women, Kite and Key Society, Women’s Sailing Team, V-Day Campaign, and Women’s Varsity Squash. You can also always count on sisters to be in the audience cheering at the Off the Beat, Penny Loafers, and Arts House performances! The strength of our sisterhood can be seen in every aspect of life. You can always find sisters gathered in the Sigma Kappa house watching movies on the weekends or studying together for exams during midterm season. Some of our bigger events include trips into Center City to go ice skating, apple picking at Linvilla Orchards, manicures and pedicures at local salons on campus, and baseball games at Citizen’s Bank Park. We especially look forward to our date parties and formals each semester!

"The Purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women with lifelong opportunities and support for the social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our community."

Sigma Kappa is dedicated to giving back to the community and creating meaning beyond just our chapter. Every year, we host various philanthropy events in the fall and spring to raise money for our national philanthropy, Alzheimer’s Research. Our most recent event was called “Pearl Jam” and consisted of a lip sync battle between different groups on campus. In the past we have also hosted Sigma Kappa Quizzo, Sigma Kappa Carnival, and a Chicken and Waffles late night. Thanks to the support from the members of the chapter and community, we’ve been able to donate over $25,000 to the Sigma Kappa Ultraviolet Campaign and Alzheimer’s Research! During the year, we are also involved in many smaller projects, such as hosting blood drives for the Red Cross, collecting products for the Penn Period Project, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, and participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Service is one of our main four values, and we find it incredibly rewarding to be able to give back while also strengthening our sisterhood! The sisters of the Kappa Iota chapter of Sigma Kappa wish you all the best with recruitment this year and hope you are able to find your home like we did. We’re so excited to meet you and welcome you into the Panhellenic community!


Colors: Lavender and Maroon

1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine chartered at Penn in 2002


Colors: Lavender and Maroon Flower: Wild Purple Violet Symbol: Dove and Heart


122 National Chapters

Philanthropy Alzheimer's Disease Research

Housing 3928 Spruce Street 14 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter Kappa Iota Chapter

Zeta Tau Alpha

“To intensify friendship, to promote happiness among its members, and in every way to create such sentiments, perform such deeds and to mold such opinions as will conduce to the building up of a nobler and purer womanhood in the world.”


1898 at Longwood University chartered at Penn in 1918, recolonized in 2011

Seek the Noblest The Alpha Beta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha was proudly reestablished at Penn in 2011. Zeta Tau Alpha is a fun and diverse group of women involved in all aspects of campus life, including varsity athletics, performance groups, student government, Wharton Women, Penn Fashion Collective, ROTC, Penn Alternative Breaks, and many more. While we do have a wide range of interests, one thing is constant - our sisterhood. From monthly large sisterhood events to date nights and weekly house activities, our social calendar is always packed with fun and unique events. Our past sisterhood events include: our annual sisterhood retreat, visiting Linvilla Orchards for apple picking, Painting with a Twist, Laser Tag, Karaoke, Philadelphia restaurant week for sisterhood dining, and much more! In addition to all of these exciting events, we also love cozy activity nights at our chapter house, like our diversity movie nights and cooking classes. Our beautiful house is a home for all ZTA sisters, and you can always find people there to make your night more fun, no matter if you are looking for someone to hang out with or a place to do work. No matter what we’re doing, we always have a good time! In addition to social events, our chapter also understands the importance of philanthropy and service. Our national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness, and we work to connect this cause to our sisters, Penn's campus, and the community of West Philadelphia. During the month of October, Zeta sisters come together to host awareness and education pop-ups on Locust Walk, by handing out pink ribbons and free treats with educational facts on them, and giving people the opportunity to honor those in their lives who have battled breast cancer. We also have our biggest fundraising event in October, Pink, Pups & Pizza, which raises money both for our national organization, and for the local Linda Creed Foundation that provides mammograms for uninsured women in West Philly. We have monthly service events to help further give back to our community, and in the past have done things such as Boo at the Zoo, Books Behind Bars, and making food for a Connect by Night shelter. Aside froom Zeta service events, our sisters are also involved in other philanthropic or service oriented organizations such as Relay for Life, Penn Period Project, West Philly Tutoring Program, and Project Heal. College may only last for four years, but Zeta lasts forever - really! ZTA has one of the strongest alumni networks in the country. As an international organization, Zetas all over the world can assist in job placement, career advancement and relocation assistance. Our sisters of the Alpha Beta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha wish you good luck during recruitment - we can’t wait to meet you!

Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray


Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray Flower: White Violet Symbol: Five-Pointed Crown and Strawberry


172 International Chapters


Breast Cancer Education & Awareness

Housing 4027 Walnut Street 20 Beds Total in House Capacity

Penn Chapter

Alpha Beta Chapter

HELPFUL INFORMATION TERMS ACTIVE: a fully initiated member of a sorority ALUMNAE: an initiated member of a sorority that has left the collegiate Greek system BID: a formal invitation to become a New Member of a sorority CHAPTER: refers to an individual sorority house; chapter names are different on all college campus COB (CONTINOUS OPEN BIDDING): the informal process of recruitment, only chapters under total can participate in COB GREEK: a member of a fraternity or sorority INITIATION: the traditional Ritual the brings a New Member into full membership LEGACY: a potential member of a sorority who is a daughter, granddaughter, or sister of a member of a Greek organization (applied and defined differently by each sorority MUTUAL SELECTION: the process of selection by both PNMs and Chapters in narrowing down choices during Recruitment NATIONAL: a term referring to the central organization of a given sorority NPC (NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE): a conference comprised of 26 national sororities NEW MEMBER: a member of a sorority who has not yet been initiated PHC (PANHELLENIC COUNCIL): the coordinating body of sororities on a college campus PNM (POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER): a person participating in Recruitment or interested in becoming part of the Greek community QUOTA: the maximum number of New Members that a sorority can take during Primary Formal RECRUITMENT RECOMENDATION: a written letter for a PNM from an alumna of a chapter RECRUITMENT: a mutual selection process where chapters seek New Members and PNMs seek membership SOCIAL: a planned social gathering of the membership or Greek organizations TOTAL: a total number, based on median chapter size, that sororities may reach during COB

Helpful Links: Recruitment Registration: Schedule Conflict Form: Joining a Panhellenic Sorority at Penn does have a financial cost. Each sorority has dues for membership to pay for the experience that comes with being part of the organization. (More information about these costs can be found on Page 11 and during Philanthropy Round of Primary Recruitment) However, if you are looking to see if a sorority is something you want to make work financially and are unsure if you are able to go through Primary Recruitment due to the registration costs this waiver may be right for you.

NEW MEMBER EDUCATION Accepting an initiation "bid" for membership into a Panhellenic organization means that you are wishing to seek membership into the sorority and will participate in their new member education process. During this time, if you choose to no longer pursue membership into the particular sorority, you may withdraw from the process. If you choose to withdraw you must wait until the following primary recruitment to go through recruitment again. If you complete the new member program and are initiated you are bound to that organization as a lifetime member.

NEW MEMBER EDUCATION PROCESS The New Member Education (NME) Process, which by University policy is a maximum of 6 weeks (though some chapters will have a shorter process), is a structured national program that all new members complete. The NME Process is structured like a class: when you receive your schedule, you will see a mixture of sisterhood-building activities, ceremonies, and meetings to learn about the chapter's history, traditions, and values. The NME Process concludes with a ceremonial ritual called initiation. Following initiation, students are lifetime members of their Panhellenic organization! All organizations must initiate their new members before Thanksgiving Break (for Fall COB) or Spring Break (for primary formal recruitment.) All Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 New Member Programs will be fully virtual.

ANTIHAZING POLICY Penn, OFSL, and PHC all prohibit hazing and enforce the Antihazing Policies of both our campus and national sororities. The Anti-Hazing Law of Pennsylvania, hazing means any action or situation (1) which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or (2) which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, an organization operating under the sanction of, or recognized as an organization by, the University including, without limitation, fraternities and sororities (an “Organization”). For purposes of these regulations, any activity as described herein upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with or continued membership in an organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be “forced” activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.


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