This year Convention was held July 26 – 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. We were happy to be in the windy city, home of our Delta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago! Our theme for the weekend was “A Taste of Delta Xi Phi in Chicago,” in homage to the city’s rich history, culture, and food!
“I was very frustrated that we were unable to use the dorms and had to switch to a hotel all the way out by O’Hare airport at the last minute … But I was truly touched by how understanding and eager to help our sisters were during this stressful time for the National Board,” adds Petsche.
What we thought could be a pain (hour long transit rides from the hotel to campus) turned into a beautiful opportunity…
Some programming and events had to be cut due to travel time, but the remaining programming still served our actives and alumnae in a beneficial way.
Convention kicked off with registration followed by the multicultural workshop led by Megan Carney, Director of theGender & Sexuality Center at UIC. Megan discussed the LGBTQ community and how we could serve as allies. Her advice was to embrace the ally role in our personal and professional lives, take action in our communities, and pursue knowledge and information in order to stay current. We also talked about signs, symbols, and vocabulary associated with the LGBTQ community, how to support someone when they identify or ‘come out’ as LGBTQ, policies that effect the community, and much more.
During this time alumnae were able to site see around Chicago and they had a blast! Sisters visited Daley Plaza, saw the Picasso and Miro statues, traveled to Millennium Park and took photos by the “bean”, and even walked along Lake Michigan.
The weekend event also featured a number of workshops and typical Convention activities, such as time for the rose shop, officer training, regional roundtables / bonding, chapter meetings, and a step/stroll session. Vice President of Membership Amanda Mason lead an AME process overview for the general body as well as a networking / professional development workshop, and National Secretary Brittany Savko led a social media presentation.
“I truly enjoyed all the workshops this year!,” said Sarah Scisson, a sister from Phi Chapter in Columbus, Ohio. “It was really great to see how cohesive our National Board is as a team while learning new skills and strategies that will help develop our chapters and ourselves as women.”
Thanks to all for another successful Convention!