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| Mission Statement |
To promote leadership, multiculturalism, and
self-improvement, through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the
campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood, across
different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles.
| Motto |
"Sisters of Diversity Together as ONE"
| Tenets |
Service, Scholarship, Sisterhood, Multiculturalism, Leadership
| Membership Requirements |
To be considered for membership, you
must have completed at least 12 credit
hours at a University or College, must be enrolled Full-Time, and must have a
GPA of at least 2.5. Interested in Theta Nu Xi? Please Contact Dean of
Intake Whitney Allen at email@example.com.
| Frequently Asked Questions |
When was your sorority founded and what do you stand for?
A: Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1997 on the
campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by seven undergraduate
women. Its mission is to promote leadership, multiculturalism, and
self-improvement through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the
campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood across
different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Our five
tenets are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Multiculturalism, and Sisterhood.
Every member pledges to uphold these tenets and all our activities revolve
around these ideals. Since being founded in 1997, our phenomenal growth rate has
been doubling our membership every year (see expansion
history and vision). In August of 1999, we founded our National
Organization, ratified our National Constitution, and elected our first National
Officers. We are currently engaged in several expansion projects.
Q: Why do you call
yourselves multicultural and what does that stand for?
A: The seven original founders saw a need for a sorority that crossed the
societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. Although part of
their vision included creating a sisterhood that physically exemplified the
transcendence of those boundaries, their primary goal was to bring women
together who believe in the ideal of multiculturalism and want to promote
multiculturalism in their everyday lives. While other Greek organizations are
and continue to grow more diverse, our organization explicitly seeks members
with multicultural ideals and interests; we seek to use our sorority as a
vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity.
We recognize that diversity is not limited to race, and we are proud to say we
have achieved a sisterhood which is quite diverse with respect to not only race,
but religious heritage, geographic origin, socio-economic class, nationality,
political ideology, and even choice of major and career. Ultimately, however, we
call ourselves multicultural because the one belief we share is that there is
inherent value in discovering, understanding, and appreciating all the ways in
which people are different from each other. It is for this reason that we
differentiate ourselves, in name and in purpose, from other Greek organizations
with the word "Multicultural."
What is your pledge process like?
A: Similar to other Greek organizations, we keep our pledge and
initiation rituals private. However, the Sorority has a standard intake
procedure which includes informal rush events, general interest meetings, formal
interest meetings, a rigorous application, an in-depth personal interview, and a
period of intake during which the aspirants learn the key information about the
organization and participate in activities designed to cultivate the lasting
bonds of sisterhood. The process is designed to be flexible yet provide the
women with the knowledge, skills, and support they will need to both contribute
to the Sorority and cultivate themselves as leaders.
Why is your chapter size so small?
A: Although our membership is growing steadily, we do not expect any
college chapter to ever have more than thirty members, the approximate/average
size currently being ten members. Our reason for maintaining a small membership
is to preserve and enhance the experience of sisterhood we offer to each of our
members. It is our belief that if the chapter grows too large, we will lose the
overall closeness that each sister feels with every other sister, and the close
personal friendships we currently have are integral to maintaining the quality
and success of a diverse sisterhood.
What are your standards?
A: Our National Organization requires that the members of each chapter:
(a) maintain a semesterly and cumulative GPA of at least 2.5; (b) perform at
least 24 hours of voluntary service per semester; (c) adhere to the Sorority's
and host university's policies on hazing and the use of controlled substances;
(d) pay semesterly dues; and (e) have a faculty or staff advisor. Standards are
described in more detail in our National Constitution
How does your National Organization operate?
A: Every chapter and colony, on the undergraduate level and on the
graduate/professional/alumnae level, reports to the National Organization twice
a year. The National Organization has an annual convention, to which each
chapter sends a proportionate number of delegates and at which the National
Board of Officers is elected. The National Board is composed of a President,
Vice-President (overseeing Expansion), Executive Director, and Treasurer.
Together, they coordinate the operations of the Sorority and carry out other
duties enumerated in the National Constitution.
Q: If multicultural
education is your goal, why have you chosen to be a Greek organization?
There are two reasons we have chosen
to be a multicultural sorority instead of a multicultural student organization.
The first is that we have a yearning to be in a sisterly relationship with
people who significantly differ from us. The reason Greek organizations have
selective membership is because through their rituals and values they share
something special with their brothers and sisters. We desire not only to
experience this special relationship first-hand through sharing a sisterhood
with diverse women, but also to show others that the ideal of sisterhood is
truly ideal in this sense - that it can transcend the barriers which have
historically kept women (and men) apart. The second reason is more practical and
relates to the impact we desire to have on college campuses. Although much
progress towards racial integration and cross-cultural interaction has been made
on college campuses, for the most part the social aspect of college life has
remain segregated, largely by choice. We believe that Greeks play a central role
in collegiate social life, and we think that one antidote to voluntary
segregation is voluntary integration. We do not want to be misinterpreted as
passing judgment on other groups, for we recognize that the natural gravitation
towards those of one's kind has a value for some people. However, we would like
to use our Greek organization as a vehicle to encourage cross-cultural
interaction on a social and voluntary level, and we believe that by doing so we
will be contributing to the overall quality of campus life. We are very proud of
the difference we have made so far on college campuses regarding cross-cultural
social and educational interaction, and being a Greek organization has been
crucial to our success.
Q: How diverse is
inception, Theta Nu Xi did not specifically strive to bring together a
multicultural group of women - our goal was to bring together women who were "multiculturally-minded"
- who shared the common goal of appreciating and learning from each others'
differences. Our founders were united in 1997 not by their obvious racial
differences, but by their internal desire to bring about a greater appreciation
of diversity in their campus and community.
As a result of questions from the press and from
interested women, the Sorority undertook a survey in 2001 to determine how
diverse the sisterhood had become. The Sorority conducted a poll with the first
75 women who had joined the organization. The results were outstanding! Simply
by promoting multiculturalism, education, leadership, sisterhood, and service,
Theta Nu Xi had achieved an extremely diverse membership. The sisters were diverse with respect to race,
culture, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background,
nationality/language-spoken, political views, geographic origin (both domestic
and international), and even in the category of our academic majors. We found
that while we still have a ways to go, we are significantly more diverse than
the overall American population, and especially the American college population.
Have other questions or looking for more info?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions about Theta Nu Xi, or you can find contact information for all of our chapter officers here. We look forward to hearing from you!