-written by Francesca Pancorbo, Chi Omega collegian from the University of Minnesota
The State of NPC is Strong
For many collegians, the National Panhellenic Conference is often thought of as a mythical higher-up organization connecting to collegiate women solely through rules in the Manual of Information. However, because of the incredible opportunity to attend the 2015 NPC Annual Meeting, this revolutionary organization has truly been brought to life before my eyes.
In her State of NPC address, my Sister and NPC Chairman, Jean Mrasek, spoke of the vast advancements that the NPC organization has made for women throughout history. Thriving as one of the largest women’s organizations in the world today, NPC has had a transformational year. As Chairman Mrasek explained it, this governing body has “worked together to make a difference” and have “encouraged the sorority women to think BIG and act STRONG as a unified coalition of women.” These statements are reflected in the accomplishments made by NPC in the 2014-2015 year, which include: hosting the first Panhellenic Academy in which Panhellenic officers were trained, approving an NPC position statement on sexual assault and launching a social media awareness campaign, engaging sorority leaders on more than 20 campus visits, and recognizing College Panhellenic excellence with presentations of awards on campus.
Hearing the impact that NPC has made throughout the world to improve the lives of its collegians and alumnae truly resonated with me and was arguably my favorite part of the day.To see how active NPC is in the community is inspiring and sheds light on the idea that there is so much more to be had and be involved with after our collegiate years are over.
For today, I will close with Chairman Mrasek's telling words that truly embody what the life-long Greek experience is about and how important it is for NPC to leave a lasting legacy: "We must do more than survive; we must flourish. Our work will impact generations of sorority women to come." Snaps to that.