Sorority to lead and serve

By Sara Vargas

Sigma Gamma Rho is an organization for women to serve, to lead and to empower.

As a one of the nine historical African American fraternities and sororities a part of the “Divine 9,” Sigma Gamma Rho focuses on sisterhood, scholarships and service.

According to Sigma Gamma Rho’s President and second-year music student Danielle Bailey, their motto ‘greater service, greater progress’ is the key element to the sorority’s success.

“I believe that our motto is very important because it explains our values perfectly,” Bailey said.

Seven educators from Butler University founded Sigma Gamma Rho back in 1922 in order to enhance the quality of life within the community.

With over 500 chapters and 85,000 members worldwide, all the women apart of the organization work hard to learn and serve their community.

CPP’s chapter is no different. Since the university’s founding day on June 19, 2004, the women have continued the organization’s values through their commitment and service.

According to the organization’s official website, seven main values make up Sigma Gamma Rho: sisterhood, respect, accountability, integrity, excellence and communication.

All the members commit to applying each of the values in their academics and in their social lives to promote achievements in areas of education, leadership development and health awareness.

By promoting the organization’s values, the women also promote a better lifestyle for themselves and for others who are looking for an opportunity to get involved.

“Even though we are small, we are very connected to striving for excellence,” Bailey said. “The more you put in now, the better the outcome.”

Throughout the year, Sigma Gamma Rho participates in various service projects to help those in need.

They collect non-perishable food items to donate to local food pantries and write cards to children who are ill.

The members also participate in the annual March of Dimes event, which is a charitable walk to help raise money for research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.

“We try to do our part by serving our community in the best way possible,” Bailey said. “We always focus on those who may not be as lucky as we are.”

In addition to giving back to the community, each member leads by example.

As an international service organization, Sigma Gamma Rho consists of women from a variety of professions who all form a bond that develops unique talents, strong relationships and “once in a lifetime experiences.”

“There is no shortage of amazing women in this organization,” Bailey said. “There are always women from various chapters guiding us to grow into strong leaders.”

The main focus of sisterhood will ways hold a special place in Bailey’s heart.

Due to the close bond among the members, everyone works together to succeed throughout college and years after graduation.

“Sisterhood is very important to me because I want people to know that they are not alone,” Bailey said. “We are all connected as sisters.”

For information on the organization, make sure to follow Sigma Gamma Rho on Instagram, @sgrho_pirho.

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho participate in the annual March of Dimes event

Courtesy of Sigma Gamma Rho

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho participate in the annual March of Dimes event

Second-year music students Vice President Airin Write and President Danielle Bailey promote sisterhood

Courtesy of Sigma Gamma Rho

Second-year music students Vice President Airin Write and President Danielle Bailey promote sisterhood

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