A LETTER FROM OUR VP RECRUITMENT:
Hello and Welcome!
I am beyond excited that you’re interested in joining the Panhellenic community at Columbia. Being a part of Greek life has truly changed my college career, and I’m so proud to be part of this incredible group of interested, dynamic and passionate women. As you look into the Columbia Panhellenic sororities, I hope you see what I do: organizations that defy stereotypes of Greek Life and provide a safe haven from the world of stress and competition that can sometimes define Barnard and Columbia life.
Sigma Delta Tau has become my home over the past few years. As a first-year, I wanted a community on campus and another networking opportunity; what I found, however, is so much more than that. College is both a time of excitement and nervousness, opportunity and change—all of which can seem more overwhelming than inspiring. Being a Sig Delt, however, has allowed me to embrace Columbia and New York City with confidence and support that I never could have imagined. This sisterhood has given me a place to feel comfortable and feel like myself, but has also pushed me to try new things, meet new people and discover who I might be able to become. SDT has provided me with networking opportunities, academic support, thoughtful conversations, and most importantly, friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime.
We cannot wait to meet you during Formal Recruitment in January! My funny, kind, smart, and incredibly loving sisters have been there for me for the highs and lows, the mundane and the magical moments that are college life; I am so proud and grateful that I have this group of women behind me. During Formal Recruitment, I hope that you feel the genuine connection I did and truly find your home at Columbia.
The first night of recruitment centers on Philanthropy. Potential New Members (PNMs) will be divided into small groups and will travel to each of the six sororities' philanthropy events. At each sorority, PNMs will be introduced to the many benefits of Greek Life, and, more specifically, be given the opportunity to learn about each sorority's national philanthropy.
Sigma Delta Tau's national philanthropy is Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). To learn more, click here!
In this second event, PNMs will attend a maximum of four sororities and learn more about the specifics of each organization.
At Sigma Delta Tau, you will hear exactly what makes our sisterhood so exceptional. Through talking with sisters and viewing our SDT slideshow, you will learn about the personal, academic, and career benefits that come from affiliation with Sigma Delta Tau. Most importantly, you will be given a better glimpse into the nature of our sisterhood.
Preference Night, a very elegant and special ceremony, is the final event of Recruitment. On this night, PNMs will visit a maximum of two sororities. At our Preference Night, the sisters of Sigma Delta Tau will share with you a part of our ritual. For the duration of the night, you will be paired alone with a sister who will answer any last questions you may have about Sigma Delta Tau and the lifelong bond of our sisterhood.
Bid Day and Night:
On Bid Day, each PNM finds out to which sorority she has been offered a bid. After receiving her bid, each PNM will be given the opportunity to accept or decline membership.
The recruitment process concludes with Bid Night. After you accept your bid, you will begin celebrating with your new sisters!
To see more about recruitment, click here!