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Joining Greek life gives women endless opportunities to involve themselves. The Panhellenic Association encourages women to take leadership positions in their own chapters, on the council, and in the greater Ohio State community. Sorority women are involved in countless clubs and student organizations including but not limited to, the Undergraduate Student Government, OUAB, BuckeyeThon, The Ohio Staters, Inc., Student Leadership Advocates, and University Ambassadors. Panhellenic women are also involved in class honoraries, service initiatives, university research projects, and participate in a variety of athletic teams and clubs.
Educational and leadership programming is an incredibly important part of Greek life as it allows our members to grow into leaders and create positive change in our community. Each chapter has their own educational and leadership programming, such as chapter retreats, conferences, and workshops. Over the past year, some individual chapter leadership programming include resume workshops, calendar planning sessions, StrengthsQuest retreats and personal development workshops.The Panhellenic Association, alongside the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, strive to give opportunities for sorority women to learn their best leadership skills and networking through a variety of opportunities. Starting right after the huge intake from Formal Recruitment, members are offered classes and sessions that correspond with recently joining the ever-growing community that teach how they can make a huge difference in their chapter and within our community.
Starting the following summer, members are able to attend nationally recognized Greek-conferences such as Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference (AFLV), as well as Ohio State-based leadership conferences, such as Buckeye Greek Leadership Institute (BGLI), Chapter President Leadership Institute (CPLI), the Greek Diversity Retreat (GDR) and Go! Conference. After attending any of these conferences, members are then offered the opportunity to attend larger-scaled conferences, such as AFLV’s Leadershape and even facilitate conferences.
The Panhellenic Association also holds individual leadership training sessions for our chapters’ members to participate in. This fall, new members interested in leadership positions in their chapter and on the council attended a leadership development retreat where they learned their most prominent leadership characteristics and strengths and how to apply them in our community. Panhellenic also hosted a leadership recognition banquet this fall, as part of Panhellenic Pride Week, to celebrate the hard work each chapter’s executive board has accomplished during their terms.
All chapters have their own national conferences and leadership retreats to attend. Bonding with members all over the country, these opportunities are wonderful ways to development leadership beyond what Ohio State solely offers. The Panhellenic Association encourages every member to attend their national conference at least one during their collegiate years.
Workshops are sponsored by the Panhellenic Association and other Greek councils held throughout the year include How to Build Your Resume, Dress for Interviews, Approach Confrontation, which helps members determine their own personal leadership style. A new program called the Buckeye Fraternal Citizenship Series, BFCS, gives the opportunity for members of the Greek Community to track their progress as a Greek leader, through attending classes and retreats, and graduate with a certificate that exemplifies their leadership.
Sorority Life helps develop and hone leadership and confidence that will be instrumental in the success of leaders within our chapters, council, university, after graduation, and well into the corners of the world. The skills that you develop in a Sorority will help during your collegiate years, your career and home life, and throughout the rest of your life. When you choose to join sorority life, you are setting yourself up to richly succeed as a future leader.