The past year has taken us out of our comfort zone. These uncertain times are challenging to navigate, but our chapter’s resiliency, dedication, and bond has helped us tackle the highs and lows together. We are looking forward to a new year filled with healing, opportunity, and countless exciting happenings on the horizon. Being on Pi Phi’s Executive Board has been a rewarding and exciting way to maintain involvement within the chapter, create tangible change within our organization, and give back to our community despite the current climate. As the Vice President of Community Relations (VPCR), I oversee Pi Phi’s marketing and public relations, community outreach, philanthropic efforts, and external relations with families, alumnae, and the University. I work alongside a talented Community Relations team consisting of the Director of Service and Philanthropy, the Director of PR and Marketing, and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Each year we strive to expand and diversify our philanthropic efforts, community involvement, and community outreach. We take pride in the many clubs, organizations, and activities our members are involved in–whether it be undergraduate research internships on campus, advocating for social justice, or competing for NCAA sports teams, the list never seems to end!
Engaging in philanthropic efforts is the backbone of our organization. Read>Lead>Achieve is our national philanthropy which is dedicated to promoting the importance of children’s literacy, and to foster and inspire a life-long love for reading. In past years, our successes have included Arrowjam, our book drives, local food-fundraisers, and our favorite program, CAR (Champions Are Readers). CAR gives Pi Phis the opportunity to mentor and read with local elementary school students weekly, watching them develop and grow over the course of the quarter and create long-lasting friendships. This year, our chapter is hosting our first-ever covid-conscious Virtual 5k, in which our chapter, community members, and alumnae go the “extra mile” to raise money for our initiative. Our chapter raises approximately $20,000 a year, which is donated to organizations that promote literacy and provide books and resources to local and inner-city schools. More detailed information on our philanthropy and various initiatives can be found in the links on our Read>Lead>Achieve drop-down tab here: https://ucsb.pibetaphi.org/Achieve.html.
In the past year, our chapter developed a distinct role that will focus on internal diversity and inclusion efforts. It is long overdue that our chapter recognizes our role in the fight and actively engages in dialogue and action that addresses the shortcomings of the Greek system in regards to systemic inequalities. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we as leaders on campus and women of virtue stand up to fight against racial and social injustices. In the past year the Director of Diversity and Inclusion has worked tirelessly to lead anti-bias training and workshops, write and uphold our action items, encourage participation in acts of civic engagement and community service, and take member accountability seriously. Although we have plenty of work to do, we are proud of how far we have come as a chapter just within the last year.
As VPCR, my goal is to empower Pi Phis and provide a fulfilling member experience through sisterhood and engagement, to integrate philanthropic service efforts, and to foster meaningful relationships with our wonderful community. I am surrounded by such a talented, strong, and joyful group of women who teach me, motivate me, and inspire me to make an impact in this position. I am endlessly proud of what we have accomplished as a chapter, and excited for what is to come.
Pi Phi Love and Mine,
Vice President of Community Relations
California Zeta, Pi Beta Phi
Top GPA among all sororities on campus!
Many members are involved in Campus United, helping to ensure the improvement and voice of students on our beautiful campus!
Involvement in sports teams here on campus!
Many members are apart of UCSB's Greeks go Green as a way to give back to the community and contribute environmentally!