While sisters in our chapter collectively dedicated over 1,600 hours of service last semester, we wanted to highlight a few of them who are particularly dedicated to their own personal service endeavors. Elanie Paredes, a Barnard College junior, is the founder of her own non-profit organization called Ignited Voices that focuses on reproductive justice issues.
Service, cultural awareness and intellectual and social development are at the heart of Theta’s values. This winter break I was honored to attend a Theta Foundation sponsored trip to Vancouver with sisters from across the country and Canada where we not only worked on service projects but also discussed how we could partake in service as a chapter and personally.
AlunaGeorge, an electronic duo from London, performed at Columbia’s Bacchanal music festival. Our sisters enjoyed the day in the beautiful weather dancing to some of AlunaGeorge’s hit songs such as You Know You Like It and I’m In Control. Bacchanal occurs on the first Saturday of April as an occasion for Columbia students to enjoy the spring weather and to destress before final exams. With the intense stress culture that exists at Columbia, Bacchanal is a weekend looked forward to by many. Take a look at some of our sisters enjoying the day:
Even with midterms cramming schedules and heavy course-loads making free time sparse, members of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter continue to pursue their interests beyond the classroom. Their drive to be “Leading Women” never stops, even when the amount of work they have seems unmanageable. Therefore, we’d like to highlight the incredible accomplishments of some of our weekly-awarded “Leading Women” from this semester so far.
Even before I knew that Theta’s motto was "Leading Women," I equated the Columbia chapter and its women with leadership. The way the sisters composed themselves, held positions on campus, and supported the empowerment of women made it obvious to me that they were leaders on and off campus. When I, myself, joined the Epsilon Upsilon chapter, I continued to see that the idea of leadership was not just in the individual sisters, but in everything the fraternity did, dating back to 1870.
Upon joining Theta, our older sisters — who hold our founders and alumnus in high esteem — impart on us a wealth of knowledge about the history of Theta. We learn about all of the incredible accomplishments of our fellow Thetas and quickly become inspired by these courageous “leading women."
In an effort to provide a new platform for sharing more about our chapter and what our sisters are up to, we're introducing the Columbia Theta Blog. Each week, we'll feature a blog post, written by members of our Publications Committee, about a topic of their choosing. We hope you enjoy this new addition to our website!