Dear Sister Deltas,
In October, I had the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my chapter, Gamma Rho, on the campus of Pepperdine University. It was an amazing weekend – reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, as Tri Deltas do so well!
It was especially exciting to be representing Tri Delta as Fraternity President, and maybe sort of fitting that this event was one of my very first official appearances. I am incredibly grateful for the warm welcome I received as I shared all that’s changed – and all that remains the same – at Tri Delta today.
As we prepare to celebrate Founders’ Day, I thought I would take this opportunity to share these updates with all of you, as well.
Under the direction of the 2014-16 Executive Board, the Member Development Committee spent nearly a year studying Tri Delta’s timeless Purpose in an effort to distill key concepts and core pillars. The outcome of that work led to three small but powerful words: “Live, Learn and Lead.”
LIVE – Tri Delta seeks to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members and to help them to develop a stronger and more womanly character
LEARN – We also seek to broaden the moral and intellectual life of our members
LEAD – We work to develop qualities of unselfish leadership and encourage our members to assume – with integrity – the highest responsibilities of college-educated women
It is important to note that “Live, Learn, Lead” is not intended to replace our Purpose, but instead to help our members explain our sisterhood and the Tri Delta experience clearly and concisely… And sometimes in 140 characters or less! Live, Learn, Lead represents our commitment to enhancing the timeless nature of Tri Delta’s Purpose which is, perhaps, more relevant today than ever before.
Collegiate women face enormous challenges today. In addition to the ever increasing cost of higher education, college women – our members – face immense societal pressures to be smart, beautiful, talented… Perfect, by society’s standards.
This is the primary reason Tri Delta created and has continued to refine our BodyImage3D program, now focused more broadly on the whole woman – body, mind and spirit. It’s a program that emphasizes self-authorship, self-reverence and self-love, mirroring in many ways our Ritual, and honoring the inner beauty of the individual woman.
NEW MEMBER EDUCATION
The key concepts of Tri Delta’s Purpose also serve as the basis of our newly refreshed New Member Education program, “I Am Tri Delta.” With a focus on our core values and nine virtues, this program provides new members with strong foundational information about Tri Delta. It also includes facilitated discussion on challenging topics, including hazing, sexual assault and healthy relationships in an effort to assist our members in every possible way based on the realities of campus life.
It was with the Purpose and Ritual in mind that Tri Delta embarked upon another year-long project in the second half of the 2014-16 biennium – to study the “essence” of Tri Delta’s brand.
As you may have read in the last edition of The Trident, a group of talented volunteers worked with outside branding experts to uncover Tri Delta’s “one simple thing,” the thing that sets us apart from our sister organizations. Ultimately, it was the focus on the individual – the whole woman – one of a kind, but kind alike to all – and stronger together, with her sisters, than she could ever be alone – that emerged as Tri Delta’s one simple thing.
I have to admit… At first, I was not on board with this concept. How could we as a group – a sorority – be about the individual woman? How could we put all that Tri Delta is, has been and will be into one word or concept? In true Tri Delta spirit, I knew to trust my sisters and the process. However, I was still struggling. And then one day, while filming a video for Convention 2016, it finally hit me.
The videographer asked me why I chose Tri Delta. I shared that I felt at home at Tri Delta. At our preference ceremonies, we would give our potential new members a tiny pearl and say, “We don’t want you to come here and be like us. We want you to come here and be like you.” That really resonated with me.
Tri Delta’s “one simple thing” had been there the whole time! My chapter, Gamma Rho, had never asked me to be something I was not. Instead, they pushed me to the be the best form of me. As I traveled around the country as a consultant for Tri Delta, I grew into a strong, confident woman, and as I continued to volunteer for Tri Delta, I grew into me. And the whole time, all I have ever been asked was to “bring me” to Tri Delta.
And so I invite you, sister Deltas, to bring you to Tri Delta. At every age, stage and phase of your life. You are Tri Delta. We are Tri Delta. And we are bound by powerful bonds…
Please know what an honor and privilege it is to serve as your Fraternity President and, with your support, to serve our sisterhood in a way that honors our cherished past and seeks to fulfill Tri Delta’s Purpose – today and for many years to come.
Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine