MIT’s Panhellenic Association (Panhel) took home three awards at the 2019 Northeast Greek Leadership Association Conference (NGLA) in Hartford, Connecticut this month. MIT Panhel governs seven MIT sorority chapters. With over 750 total members, the sorority community fosters friendships and provides opportunities for members to explore academics, careers, and leadership, and get involved with community service.
The annual NGLA conference brings together student leaders from fraternities and sororities across the northeast to learn from one another. The conference’s mission is to empower student leaders and their communities to align their actions and values. Additionally, the NGLA honors Greek organizations for academic achievement, chapter development and leadership, membership recruitment and intake, multicultural initiatives and programming, civic engagement, public relations, and risk management.
This year, MIT Panhel took home three major awards. The Josette Kaufman Award recognized the STAR Program, a series of six education sessions that cover women’s health and wellbeing topics ranging from bystander training to substance abuse. Additionally, the two Amy Vojta Impact Awards recognized Panhel’s risk-management efforts on campus, and its pre-recruitment inclusivity program and multicultural initiatives. Additionally, MIT’s Zeta Delta chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon was recognized for its academic achievement.
“The conference went really well! It was a great experience to interact and exchange ideas with interfraternity councils and panhellenic councils from around the northeast region,” said Vanessa Wong, executive vice president of MIT Panhel.
“Being part of a sorority and the Panhel community is something to be really proud of,” said Alice Zhou, president of the MIT Panhellenic Association. “The members we have here in sororities are incredibly amazing and inspiring.”
Moving forward, MIT’s Panhellenic Association hopes to continue to grow, improve, and celebrate diversity and inclusivity on campus. “We are so appreciative and thankful for the leadership of MIT’s Panhellenic Association and the positive impact they have on our campus community,” said Suzy Nelson, vice president and dean for student life.
Written by Kailey Tse-Harlow, Photo courtesy of MIT's Panhellenic Association