Celebrating 25 Years

Of Our Chapter

On January 19th 2017, the Gamma Tau chapter of Sigma Delta Tau celebrated its 25th anniversary! We celebrate not only 25 years of genuine and life-long sisterhood, but also 25 years of growth and progress. On our 25th anniversary, we, the sisters of the Gamma Tau chapter of Sigma Delta Tau at Columbia University, make this promise to the next 25 years of sisters to come.

We promise to hold fast to Sigma Delta Tau’s mission of Empowering Women. As educated women at one the world's most exclusive institutions, it shall be our duty to use our privilege to empower other women. We promise to:

  • Work with women and girls in our local community in order to empower them to achieve their full potential.
  • Represent a broad spectrum of individuals and redefine what it means to be a woman, and further a “sorority woman”, on our own terms.
  • Use our privileges and education to safeguard our rights and protections, as women of a range of diverse identities, be it through our work, advocacy or daily interactions.

One hundred years ago, seven women at Cornell University decided to establish their own sorority. In the face of exclusion and discrimination from other Greek organizations, Sigma Delta Tau was established as an organization that sought to respect the individuality of its members. Our sorority’s motto “Patriae Multae Spes Una”—One Hope of Many People—serves as a reminder of our commitment to striving towards a goal that unifies and empowers all members of our diverse and intersectional community. Over the next 25 years, we hope to continue to be a beacon of diversity and inclusivity in a historically exclusive space. We promise to:

  • Lead by example in making the Panhellenic community a more inclusive and accessible space. As the only sorority at Columbia to offer a fund to lower the financial burden of sorority membership, our Sister-to- sister fund has made it possible for many sisters to be able to be a part of this unique sisterhood as well as the wider Panhellenic community.
  • Continue to educate ourselves and recognize our intersectionality, privileges and biases through our SDTogether workshops
  • Recognize that we are not perfect, but must continuously hold ourselves accountable in order to be more aware of our shortcomings and how we can fix them.

We are so thankful for the community that has been established by our alumnae and current sisters over the last 25 years, as well as the benefits of scholarship, sisterhood and personal growth that continue to enrich our college experience. Here’s to another 25 years of progress and empowerment!

 

By the glow of the torch, on behalf of the sisters of the Gamma Tau chapter at Columbia University,

Xiomara Bovell

Gamma Tau Chapter President