South Regional Feature
written by Erien “Nalani” Watson, South Regional Advisor
With the semester coming to a close, I would first like to wish all sisters good luck on final exams and finishing out the semester strong!
Speaking of advancing women through higher education, sisters at Omega Associate Chapter at Samford University have been promoting education by being the only sorority on campus to attend International Education Week. During the week they were able to give students information about areas of the world typically underrepresented in academia’s international education. In addition to information booths, they screened “Promises,” a documentary detailing the Israeli-Pakistani crisis. They were also invited by their university’s international student leadership council to promote themselves as a multicultural organization. It was a unique opportunity to both increase multicultural awareness on campus and to promote the advancement of women in higher education.
Gamma Associate Chapter from Mississippi State University also increased multicultural awareness by participating in UMOJA. Umoja is Swahili for ‘unity’ and is an event that celebrates unity in diversity! The event is hosted by the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center (HCDC) every year. Different organizations participate by performing a routine that shows what their organization represents. This year’s theme was Our Culture Makes us Different, but our Nature Makes us One. Together with the Betas, Delta Xi Phi made a routine that incorporated the song “Happy” by Pharrell with a stroll and a Bachata – a dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. President Marissa Hackler said, “It was a great success!! It was so interesting to see both Greeks and other cultural organizations come together to celebrate diversity!”
In an effort to reinforce Delta Xi Phi’s pillar of community service, the Psi Associate Chapter participated in a campus-wide event called “Rake Forest” where they volunteered as a group to rake the lawn of a local resident they were assigned. The home had a huge yard with leaves in the front and back. Psi’s President, Tai Hensley, stated that “it seemed as though we wouldn’t be able to get through it, but with enough perseverance and keeping in mind that we were there to provide a service, we did it!” Afterwards, Tai said they spoke to the woman who lived in the house and she told them that her husband is normally away for months on end and her shoulder was currently injured, so she couldn’t do it herself. She expressed her gratitude and all of their hard work was certainly well worth it.
With the semester winding down we also get the pleasure of initiating new sisters! The Gamma Associate Chapter added one new sister, Jessica Gotcher. Omega Associate Chapter initiated three new sisters, Morgan Mitchell, Anne Howard, and Amanda Owens.
Sisterhood is another pillar of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. and we are so proud of our new sisters and the impact they are going to make on our sorority.
I am so amazed by all the things the Southern Region has been able to accomplish this semester and can’t wait until next semester to see what else they have in store!
Erien R. Watson
South Regional Advisor