The Cornell University Greek Tri-Council Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Cornell University Greek Tri-Council Diversity & Inclusion Plan: Accountability, Education, Impact, and Change   I. Introduction Over the past two weeks, the Cornell community has faced two Greek-related incidents, both relating to racial and ethnic bias. The following is our plan moving forward. The actions of these individuals are both disgusting and deplorable, and we are not ignorant of the larger issues of systemic oppression plaguing fraternity and sorority life. As such, we set forth the following plan to enact sustainable, effective, and critically necessary change in our community. Its implementation is contingent…continue reading →

Greek Tri-Council Statement on Recent Bias Incident

The following is in response to a message from VP of Student & Campus Life Ryan Lombardi.  Less than a week after one egregious incident of bias hit our campus, here we are reeling from another. Let us be clear: We are outraged. We are disgusted. This is not okay. No one in the Cornell community should feel unsafe or threatened on this campus. As leaders, we will speak out against such incidents — no matter where they occur, or who they impact. Now more than ever, we’re committed to be a fighting force against…continue reading →

Greek Tri-Council Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The following is a message in response to the recent incident at Zeta Psi Fraternity. La Asociación Latina 2017-2018 Executive Board also wrote a statement on the incident, which can be found here.  The Cornell Greek Tri-Council recognizes that in recent months minority communities have experienced heightened bias and discrimination in today's increasingly divided society towards marginalized groups. Hateful rhetoric and action certainly are not welcome in our Greek community or on our campus. We will do all in our power to eradicate such behavior and uphold Cornell's founding principle of inclusivity. The Tri-Council does…continue reading →
#1GxP: September 8, 2017

#1GxP: September 8, 2017

The Panhellenic Community is thrilled to be co-sponsoring the One Greek Experience Kick-off BBQ again this year with the Multicultural Greek Letter Council and Inter-fraternity Council. #1GxP will feature free food, inflatables, yard games, a DJ, and more — all right near first-year dorms on North Campus. Come meet members from all of Cornell's fraternities and sororities life chapters and learn more about the Greek experience at Cornell. It's bound to be a great time, and it's open to the entire Cornell community!   Last year, we had over 800 students attend the 1GxP…continue reading →
Feminine Products for VAM Girls

Feminine Products for VAM Girls

Jenna Zitomer, a member of the Panhellenic community, is currently working for a non-profit in Ghana called Voices of African Mothers. After spending some time in the Tanoso, Ghana, she shared this with us:   "Good morning from Ghana,   I am currently working for a Ghana-based nonprofit called voices of African mothers. My work is focused at the nonprofit's coed boarding school in the village of Tanoso, where I teach reproductive health, sexual consent and English to adolescent teens. After being here for two weeks, it came to my attention that girls…continue reading →
Women’s Empowerment Month

Women’s Empowerment Month

The Cornell Panhellenic Council, consisting of over 2500 incredible, talented, and ambitious women, is proud to encourage the growth of leaders, thinkers, and scholars of the future. We are pleased to announce we are sponsoring a month of events and opportunities to empower women, learn about various topics such as sexual violence and gender inequality, and highlight our incredibly accomplished members.   We are kicking off this month of events by co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week (4/16-4/21) and Culture of Consent Week (4/24-4/28). Later, we'll be hosting a screening of…continue reading →
Kate Gulbrandsen – Ivy League Champion

Kate Gulbrandsen – Ivy League Champion

Kate Gulbrandsen is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Information Science and pursuing a minor in Business. She is also a sister of Delta Gamma! Earlier this month, Kate won the Ivy League Championship in high jump, with a height of 5'8". We had the opportunity to interview her and spotlight her amazing achievement! We are so proud to have strong Panhellenic women, such as Kate, work hard and achieve their goals!!   How long have you been doing track & field? I have been doing track and field since 6th grade,…continue reading →
Circle of Sisterhood

Circle of Sisterhood

“One study after another has shown that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. Schooling is often a precondition for girls and women to stand up against injustice, and for women to be integrated into the economy. Until women are numerate and literate, it is difficult for them to start businesses or contribute meaningfully to their economies.” Half the Sky, pg.168

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color, and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Collectively, we are one of the largest communities of college-education women in the world while not even seven percent of the world – men and women combined – has college degrees, and two thirds of all illiterate adults are women. Standing together as one community, we will give girls and women an equal chance for rewarding lives and livelihoods through schooling, the learning of a trade, or even a college degree.
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Best Friends, Different Chapters

Best Friends, Different Chapters

In the spirit of Women's Wellness Week, and International Women's Day, we are introducing our very first blog post about two new members (Ellie and Cassie), who were friends before recruitment, but joined different chapters! We asked them a few questions from how they became friends to what they're looking forward to doing together in the upcoming year. We love seeing this Panhellenic love! Your names? Ellie Daugerdas and Cassie Gavin Which chapter did you join? Alpha Epsilon Phi - Ellie Alpha Chi Omega - Cassie How did you become friends? Ellie: This is one of…continue reading →
Panhellenic Endorses Dustin Liu ’19 for Student-Elected Trustee

Panhellenic Endorses Dustin Liu ’19 for Student-Elected Trustee

Dear Panhellenic Community, The Panhellenic Executive Board has chosen to endorse Dustin Liu ’19, of Phi Delta Theta, for the position of Student Elected Trustee for the upcoming term. Dustin has a proven record of excellence: he is on the executive board of Cayuga’s Watchers, serves as a residence hall advisor at Clara Dickson Hall, is a Consent Ed ambassador, an Intergroup Dialogue Project facilitator, and a representative on the Student Assembly. He is an active, cherished member of our Greek community and has actively sought to create an inclusive, progressive environment on campus. In…continue reading →