November 2018

 
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Dear friends,

 

Happy November! As we begin the final part of the semester, I'd like to share with you some important news and notes from around NPC: 

 

NPC Annual Meeting & Legislation

A number of pieces of NPC legislation were passed at the NPC annual meeting in October. We will be sharing an update at the AFA annual meeting in late November, and then will distribute the changes broadly. In addition, the NPC Manual of Information will be updated in January 2019. 

 

FS Central (Contacts and Information Database)

In mid-October, we informed you and your College Panhellenics about our new contacts and information database called FS Central. We are excited about this collaboration with the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and Foundation for Fraternal Excellence and how it will make it easier to share information across the fraternity/sorority community. Please be on the lookout for additional communications from NPC, as well as from FS Central, as we begin the rollout.

 

Thank you for all you do for your Panhellenic community. If there is anything NPC can do to assist you, please let us know.

Interfraternally,

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Frances Mitchelson

2017-19 NPC Panhellenics chairman

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2017-18 NPC Annual Report

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NPC has published our 2017-18 annual report, with highlights from our fiscal year, including a message from NPC Chairman Carole Jones, the names of NPC leadership, key statistics, financial results and feature stories. 

 

We encourage you to review the report to learn more about NPC's advocacy work, think tanks, partnerships, College Panhellenic Academy, College Panhellenic projects, Alumnae Panhellenic projects and communications.

REMINDER: New MRABA

This summer, NPC announced a significant update to the MRABA form. The new form
is designed to improve readability and reduce confusion. The MRABA script also
was updated.

 

While the old form will be accepted through Dec. 31, we encourage College Panhellenics to begin using the new form as soon as possible. Campuses with deferred recruitment starting in January must use the new MRABA form.


The MRABA forms for primary recruitment, continuous open bidding and colonizations are available on the NPC website in the NPC Manual of Information.

 

Feature: Are Sororities Feminist?

By: Kate Wehby, chapter services coordinator at Alpha Sigma Tau. Wehby holds a bachelor's degree in political science & women and gender studies and a master's degree in college student personnel administration. 

NPC organizations take pride in our shared values, traditions and history. A part of our shared history is that our organizations were founded because women faced hostility and exclusion on college campuses. At that time, women faced unique challenges in higher education and were excluded from most, if not all, experiences outside the classroom.

 

This shared history has lead many scholars and students to come to the conclusion that this makes NPC groups “feminist” organizations. There are also notable criticisms of NPC organizations pointing to exclusionary policies and practices that stand in opposition to the ideals of feminism. So, are sororities feminist or not? The answer likely goes beyond a simple “yes” or “no.”

 

In exploring this question, it is important to consider what it means to be a feminist. Feminism is a social, economic, and political movement which advocates for women’s rights on the basis of equality of the sexes[1]. Similarly, a feminist is an individual who supports the feminist movement[2].

 

Although these are the textbook definitions of feminism, many people have their own interpretation of what it means to be a feminist. To one woman, feminism may simply mean supporting other women. To another woman, feminism is about advocating for political change. Neither is right or wrong, they are just different interpretations of the same idea.

 

With the complexity of the feminist movement in mind, it becomes less important to put NPC sororities through a litmus test to decide whether they fit with feminism or not, because the answer is likely they may be considered feminist to one woman and not be considered feminist by another.

What may be more productive for professionals working with NPC organizations is to start a conversation with a potential new member (PNM) or member to help them decide on their own whether their idea of feminism fits with the sorority experience they may have.

 

If you’re having a conversation with a PNM or a member who is grappling with the question of whether sororities and feminism are mutually exclusive, I would encourage you to use the following questions to facilitate a conversation that will help the student make their own determination:

 

  • What does feminism mean to you?
  • What would a feminist sorority experience look and feel like to you?
  • What would you be looking to get out of a feminist sorority experience?
  • What would a feminist sorority experience include?
  • What would a feminist sorority experience not include?

 

These questions will help you start a conversation that will go beyond the surface and enable the student to reflect on where NPC sororities and feminism intersect, where they may diverge and whether the experience is aligned with their interpretation of feminism.

 

 

References: 

[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism
[2]https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminist

College Panhellenic Academy Registration

 
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NPC invites fraternity/sorority advisors and College Panhellenic officers to join us for the 2019 College Panhellenic Academy, Jan. 25-26, in downtown Indianapolis. 
 
The 2019 academy experience will provide hands-on training for presidents, recruitment officers, judicial officers and secretaries/treasurers as well as a track for fraternity/sorority advisors. Participants will gain the most up-to-date Panhellenic knowledge and reaffirm their commitment to NPC standards and values. (View tentative schedules for: College Panhellenic Officers | Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.)

 

Registration is open: Registration is first come, first serve and is $200/per person from now through Dec. 15, 2018.

 

Note: You may register the number of individuals attending, and then confirm attendee names with NPC by early January. See the registration form for information.

 

"Something of Value" Program

 
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NPC has announced the launch of a redesigned NPC “Something of Value” program. The redesigned program is a full-day interactive community building experience that helps College Panhellenic communities build capacity, relationships and influence in addressing risky situations in their community.

 

The new “Something of Value” curriculum features a real-life simulated call to action, lessons in peer influence and social change, and deep, honest dialogue across chapters about healthy behaviors in the community.

 

NPC plans to pilot the refreshed “Something of Value” program on three campuses this fall. The pilot will continue during the winter/spring 2019 semester. 

 
 
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