If you had told me senior year of high school that I would belong to a sorority, I would have immediately burst out laughing. Unless you could somehow bring Legally Blonde’s Delta Nu into existence and/or turn me into Elle Woods, I’d say, you won’t catch me anywhere near Greek Life. Cut to two years later, and I’m proudly featured flashing my sorority’s hand sign all over my social media. No one expected this, especially me, but I would never have it any other way.
Fall 2017, right at the beginning of my sophomore year and over a year since rejecting the opportunity of Panhellenic Rush, I checked my Samford PO Box and saw a maroon envelope with a crested sticker. Inside was a handwritten note with an invitation to attend recruitment week for Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. After getting over the initial surprise that some sororities had multiculturalism at the forefront of their pillars, I attended a week of events that resulted in a new appreciation and love for the sisterhood that would become a home.
Being a part of a National Multicultural Sorority provides a unique experience, especially for a student at Samford. Delta Xi Phi is a young, diverse, and growing community of sisters who connect on multiple levels. From researching education opportunities for Birmingham Ed to hosting film nights and taking my Daughter to supper, every day in Delta Xi Phi provides opportunities for growth and development as people, as sisters, and as members of our communities.
Delta Xi Phi also goes above and beyond for their sisters, current and potential. If finances are ever a concern, payment plans and scholarships are immediately discussed to prevent such an issue from denying anyone a sisterhood. When I personally had a difficult research assignment due, my sisters graciously encouraged me to work whilst chapter commenced so I could finish and also be included in the meeting. And if a sister ever has an idea for an event or programming, their idea is immediately absorbed and considered regardless of position or time spent in DXP. I don’t know if I can recall being part of such a generous, inclusive, and progressive community.
So if you identify as a woman and are looking for a diverse, progressive, and academically-achieving community, take a look at Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. I’m more than willing to talk for hours over coffee about the lovely community I belong to, and I hope to help some of you learn our hand sign over these next couple of years!