A Word From Madam President:
Growing up I never really had a clear idea of what a sorority was. I’m a first generation college student and first generation member of Greek life. I had heard of sororities in movies and TV shows, but nothing I heard could have ever prepared me for what my time in Delta Zeta would bring me.
When I came to UTD, I knew that I wanted to find a place to connect on campus. Going to university is intimidating. Meeting people can feel intimidating, but I was determined to find a place that I could think of as ‘home’. The recruitment process was completely new to me and nothing could have prepared me for it. On day one and even on day two of recruitment I distinctly remember wondering if this was the right decision. Wondering if I belonged at all in any of the sororities. Every single woman I was meeting was kindhearted, generous, and welcoming, but my experience meeting the women of Delta Zeta was different. I walked into the room and every single woman I met was uniquely herself. Surrounding myself with these women made me feel like I could be my most authentic self, while simultaneously feeling inspired to continue to better myself. These sorority women were leaders on campus, and in their communities. They held themselves and each other to high academic standards. They championed philanthropic causes for people in our community and people around the world. They knew that they were part of something bigger and had to consistently crusade for justice. They empowered each other and every woman and human that they met. What is mesmerizing to me as I near the end of my collegiate career is that while the women in my chapter today are different than the women I met nearly 3 years ago, every single one of the traits and values I saw in the older women are present in my sisters today.
Part of the human condition is the consistency of change. I have changed so much in my almost 4 years at UTD, and I would be remiss if I didn’t credit Delta Zeta for so much of my journey. Delta Zeta enabled me to have a direct impact on my community and work with over 80 women on bettering the world. Through DZ, I have developed leadership skills in myself that I couldn’t have even imagined before I joined. I have met dozens of Delta Zeta sisters from around the world who share my values. I have met some of the most generous, compassionate, intelligent, and inspiring women. My Delta Zeta sisters empower me everyday to be more than I ever imagined.
Delta Zeta is my home. We empower each other to become better versions of ourselves. We hold each other to a higher standard, because we know what we are capable of. Delta Zeta is a group of diverse women who are making a difference in each other’s lives, and in the lives of everyone we meet. We are future lawyers, engineers, accountants, medical professionals, and more. We constantly strive to give our best selves to the world and to create a soft place for each of our sisters to land. The sisterhood and belonging I have found in Delta Zeta is remarkable and steadfast.
Delta Zeta Love and Mine,
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., SU 22 Richardson, TX 75080