A Letter from Our President
Welcome to the Panhellenic Association!
At the University of Maryland, the Panhellenic Association (PHA) is one of four Greek councils. PHA has 16 unique nationally recognized sorority chapters on campus. Governed by the National Panhellenic Council (NPC), PHA strives to promote and exhibit values such as philanthropy, service, community, leadership, and education. I am proud to be a member of this community, which has empowered me and given me valuable appreciation for the women surrounding me.
My decision to go through primary recruitment was a difficult one. No one in my family had ever been involved in fraternity and sorority life, and they all had their own opinions about me becoming a PNM. And, while going through primary recruitment was one of the most exhausting and emotionally challenging times of my life, looking back, I am so grateful that I stuck through it and joined my chapter - a place that truly feels like home.
I have found that, as a member of the PHA community for three years now, Greek life has made a ginormous school feel much more intimate and personal to me. I was worried about finding community or feeling like just another number in a school of 30,000, but the tight-knit nature of the PHA community has made me feel at home and allowed me to grow as a friend, student, and leader. By stepping out of my initial comfort zone and choosing to go through recruitment, I opened the door to meeting 2000+ driven, empowering, and supportive women. I am so glad that I took the leap to join a sorority.
As a Panhellenic member, I am proud to represent a community of supportive, authentic, and empowered members, and as a leader, I hope to provide that same experience for all who choose to participate. With that being said, I also realize that the history of Greek life runs deep, foundationally entwined with historical and current racism, prejudice, and other power imbalances and that my own ability to join a chapter and feel welcome in this community is a privilege that is not granted to everyone. As members of the Panhellenic community, all of us maintain a position of power that can just as easily be used to oppress the identities held by others, as it can be utilized as a platform to transform our community for the better. We can’t move forward unless we acknowledge all this as a community.
So, let’s move forward together.
If you have questions about the Greek experience, PHA recruitment, or just want a friend to talk to, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMD Panhellenic Association President