The Greek experience at Western is one that can be highly beneficial to women entering university since it offers opportunities for leadership development, community involvement, and lifelong friendships among other things. However, for many parents, their daughter's decision to join a sorority comes with a lot of questions. Below are some common concerns and frequently asked questions about joining a Greek organization.
What is a sorority? Sororities, or Women's Fraternities, are values-based Greek letter organizations. Common to the sororities that make up Western Sororities are the values of friendship and support, leadership development, academic achievement, personal development and community service. There are five on our campus: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Pi Beta Phi. Each offers their members the opportunity to meet women from different years and programs and to grow with those women as people and as scholars. The Greek system also provides a smaller, tight-knit community within the large Western campus so that your daughter can feel at home away from home.
What are the practical benefits of membership? The benefits of sorority membership are wide-ranging. Membership allows women to learn and practice leadership and interpersonal skills through programming and through officer and committee positions. Sororities also encourage members to engage in the Western and London communities through community service and participation in community events. Sorority membership extends well past graduation, so women foster meaningful lifelong personal and professional connections and networks that last a lifetime. Finally, sororities encourage their members to succeed academically by offering quiet study spaces, review sessions, or even academic mentorship programs.
My daughter would make friends in her dormitory and classes. What would be different about sorority friends? Membership in a sorority is a living and learning experience for women with shared values and goals, and members develop the special bond of sisterhood. These friendships last beyond the college years and are nurtured by alumnae activities and networking programs that provide continued opportunities for camaraderie, service, and personal development.
What about the use of alcohol, irresponsible behaviour or hazing? Western Sororities expects all members to obey all local, provincial, and federal laws and to abide by the policies and standards of their organization and of National Panhellenic Conference. Alcohol awareness is a part of each organization's programming, and alcohol is not allowed in any of the chapter houses. The illegal use and abuse of alcohol or any illicit substances is not tolerated by Western Sororities. Hazing is illegal, and each member organization has strict regulations against hazing in any form. Further, hazing education is provided through the organizations. All organizations are expected to provide a safe and respectful environment to their members at all times.