Dare to go greek? Exploring Georgetown’s sorority scene
As Vox embarks upon a quest to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the labyrinth of exclusive organizations at Georgetown, this week she spoke with members of the sorority scene on campus to try to get a feel of all three. (Well, at least attempted to speak with them – though certain organizations declined to comment.)
The University does not formally recognize Greek life, so sororities do not receive funding from GUSA and cannot technically be advertised as a student organization. Students are not actively prevented from joining, however; they just do not receive the benefits that recognized student organizations might. These groups cannot own their own house, either. Essentially, Georgetown’s Greek life scene is not as salient as it may be at The University of Alabama.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at Georgetown was created in the fall of 2013, and Kappa Alpha Theta came to Georgetown shortly thereafter in the spring of 2014. Unrecognized by Georgetown, these two sororities are the only Panhellenic sororities at Georgetown.
As members of the National Panhellenic Conference, both sororities are expected to abide by specific rules and ethical standards. Georgetown’s Panhellenic Assosiation was created in the fall of 2014.
Vox was unable get a good read on the differences between these sororities because they told her they could not disclose the
super top-secret rituals information about their organizations via email… but she did some investigative snooping (on their websites) to delve a bit deeper.
“Kappa Kappa Gamma offers a member experience ranging from friendship to mentoring, from leadership to service and from campus activities to a lifetime of community involvement,” according to their website. (Okay, maybe not that deep.)
Then there’s Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE), Georgetown’s only Professional Foreign Service Sorority. DPE works to bring together a tight knit community of sisters who will work to improve and understand international issues.
“DPE Sorority is a professional sorority that focuses on helping to develop sisters’ fluency in international affairs while providing avenues for professional growth and understanding responsibilities to their communities,” wrote Diandre Sheridan (MSB ’15), the outgoing president of DPE, in an email to Vox.
DPE holds a recruitment session each semester for undergraduate students and hosts various campus events, including speakers and community service. DPE works with alumni and freshman alike to create a real sense of community amongst sisters.
“One large event is our Alumnae Weekend which welcomes all of our alumnae to visit campus for the weekend where we host panels, coffee chats, and lunches to bridge the gap between graduates and new sisters,” Sheridan wrote.
Though Vox gets the vibe that Georgetown’s sorority scene is nothing like this (completely degrading) video seems to imply, she thinks that sorority members probably still like pumpkin spice lattes (fast forward to 1:50) just as much as the next person.
And this is off the record, but Vox likes pumpkin spice lattes too…maybe she should just join a sorority?
Photo: Kappa Alpha Theta at Georgetown Facebook Page