The Rho Chapter of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. was chosen to be recognized as Chapter of the Year at the 2013 Delta Xi Phi National Convention. This chapter has applied such exceptional energy to fulfilling its commitment to the Delta Xi Phi pillars over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year.
The women of Rho have worked diligently at the University of New Hampshire, performing outstanding counts of community service, exploring the advancement of women through higher education to an extent beyond that of other semesters, actively working to strengthen their sisterhood, providing lifelong friendships between its members, and increasing multicultural awareness in a place that would be truly deficient without the presence of Delta Xi Phi.
The sisters of Rho each completed a minimum of sixteen hours of community service per semester rather than ten; at least ten hours individually and six as a chapter. Throughout the year, group hours were spent supporting DXP’s national philanthropy, the American Cancer Society, at the Dover, New Hampshire Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Relay For Life at the University of New Hampshire by raising funds, awareness, and support. The collective efforts of the chapter displayed a sincere commitment to community service, and the spirit of social responsibility was carried by the actions of each individual member.
Increasing Multicultural Awareness may be one of the more crucial aspects of what the Rho chapter of Delta Xi Phi provides. Winning the annual Student Leadership Award for Program of the Year for one of their semesterly Multicultural Awareness Weeks let DXP shine on campus and advocate for many groups that share a passion for multiculturalism.
This year, weekly multicultural presentations were given by members of the sisterhood at each of the chapter meetings with a new topic presented each week. Sisters learned about disabilities, religious groups, racial identity issues and other areas from other women of the chapter.
The advancement of women through higher education was incorporated in sorority business more regularly than in years prior at Rho. In the fall, an academic initiative was organized and executed, resulting in an average active member GPA increase that brought Delta Xi Phi to hold the third highest average GPA throughout Greek life at the university. A series of academic and professional workshops, discussions, resources, and competitions provided stronger support in this academic year than many past.
The sisterhood of Delta Xi Phi at UNH was strengthened with various efforts to perform rituals and traditions more often than usual. Study groups, work-out groups, and other student organization attendance groups were formed and open for all sisters to get together while doing things they enjoy. As Rho has grown over this past year, the recognition for a strong sisterhood to support an increasingly sized sisterhood has become very apparent.
Along with living by the pillars everyday, Rho has worked especially hard this year to not only improve sisterhood, but also outreach on the University of New Hampshire campus, both inside and outside of the Greek community. This year Rho cosponsored several campus wide events, such as The Post Racial Comedy Tour, The Vagina Monologues, Eating Concerns Awareness Week, Anti-Violence Walk/Rally, and UNH’s Who Needs Feminism Campaign. All of these events helped raise awareness on campus about various topics involving body image, racism, and women’s rights, while building connections and relationships with carious campus departments and offices.
Rho seeks to not only to meet the standards of the national sorority or local Greek community, but to reach new heights in every action they take. Rho expects itself to follow an unlimited potential and help develop its members into the spectacular women they are each capable of being.
Congratulations again, Rho Chapter, for winning Chapter of the Year!
Article written by Nikita DeBarros & Rho Chapter sisters