National Board Spotlight: Monique Raymond

Monique “Anevia” Raymond
Expansion Chair
Monique “Anevia” Raymond is an alumna of Delta Xi Phi’s Rho Chapter at the University of New Hampshire where she studied Wildlife & Conservation Biology until 2014. She now serves as the National Board’s Expansion Chair, and is based out of northern California. With her strong communicative skills, sense of humor, and professional background in recruitment and community outreach, she is eager to support expansion efforts to campuses throughout the country where Delta Xi Phi’s pillars are ready to shine. Welcome, Monique!

Learn more about Monique below:

1.) What are you most excited about for this term?
As the newest Expansion Chair, I am most excited to connect with young women leaders at colleges and universities around the nation. Having the opportunity to get to know and support potential new members/associate members at the University of California, Berkeley (our newest associate chapter -Alpha Alpha!) last year was such a privilege. I look forward to having similar conversations with students on other campuses.

2.) What are your big goals for your position?
By the end of this term, I hope to have laid groundwork for a sustainable and dynamic recruitment approach to help expand Delta Xi Phi membership beyond our current network. At the same time, I intend to have a thoughtful look at the existing colonization process, from initial hellos to sisterhood, and take steps to ensure that our newest “founders” have a positive and empowering experience.

3.) What was your favorite time or memory from being an active?
Rho Chapter of Delta Xi Phi at the University of New Hampshire was where I was able to thrive as both an individual and as a leader while having the most fun of my college experience. The memories are countless: hosting sleepovers at my ridiculously tiny apartment, going on retreats, spring break, and day trips, and building relationships with the most inspiring women I’ve ever met. Having the opportunity to act as a mentor to younger sisters was one of the most rewarding parts of my three years active.

4.) What do you most enjoy about your city? Your job/career?
I currently reside in Concord, California which is the hottest, cutest town this side of the San Francisco Bay. Between here and SF where I typically work there is so much to do, eat, see, and explore. I am currently between positions in my career, having recently completed a second AmeriCorps term of national service, but am so energized by the outstanding work Bay Area nonprofits are doing. I can’t wait to join a new team of change-makers.

5.) Any advice for our current active sisters?
My advice for anyone, particularly for active sisters, is to be bold at least once every day. Enter that difficult conversation. Run for that chair position. Embrace who you are today, while taking the tiniest steps toward being the even more exceptional person you will be tomorrow.

6.) What do you enjoy outside of work and the sorority?
I love wine tasting, horror movies, and diving into the absurd reality of being in your mid-twenties in the Bay Area which is a lot like being at a wine tasting in a horror movie.

7.) What else would you like to share?
I carry a harmonica around with me at all times in case the opportunity arises to make a cattle drive feel lonelier, or a jam sesh more soulful. Plus, a Dunkin’ Donuts recently opened up nearby and I got married a few days ago so you could say big things are happening for me.

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