Sigma Sigma Rho

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Sigma Sigma Rho is a highly acclaimed sorority founded in December 1998 in St. John's University in New York. [1] It is known for it's South Asian ethnicity, and the association has spread throughout the East coast. The sorority embodies the South Asian culture and strives to spread servitude throughout it's community. It is also recognized for it's involvement in helping women who are victims of domestic violence. Sigma Sigma Rho involves itself with other organizations such as IDRF (Indian Development Relief Fund), BAPS (The Swaminarayan Earthquake Relief Fund), American Red Cross, Mineola Youth Services, and Habitat for Humanity. The Sorority's colors are blue, black, and silver, their flower is a white rose, and their mascot is a black mare. [2]

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Founders

Sigma Sigma Rho was founded by ten distinguished women from St. John's University. Founded in New York, the sorority became one of the first sororities to spread across the East coast. [3]The Founders are as follows:

  • Ms. Tejal Kundaikar
  • Ms. Payal Suchdev
  • Mrs. Rinku Thomas
  • Ms. Priya Sahani
  • Mrs. Vandana Pathak
  • Mrs. Sonia Wadhwa
  • Dr. Nisha Diler
  • Ms. Minna John
  • Dr. Lovleen Kandhari
  • Ms. Eshna Firoz

Sisterhood

The first letter (Sigma) defines the unity between sisterhood. The sisterhood is a coalition of women amongst South Asian descent, who share the same cultural beliefs and values as the other sisters. [4] Their motto states: "In our distinguished sisterhood, there is one guarantee: Whatever happens to you, happens to me."

Society

The second letter (Sigma) defines the society. Society is the most crucial aspect to this sorority. [5] Sigma Sigma Rho aspires to involve themselves within their local and global community to prove their mark as South Asian women. They are highly recognized for their involvement in helping women who are victims of domestic violence.

Remembrance

The third and final letter (Rho) defines remembrance. [6] Sigma Sigma Rho puts great emphasize on their ancestors as well as the culture they stand for. Their goal is to strive to carry out the voices from the past and incorporate their values to the association.

Establishment

The sorority has spread across the East coast, and it is now prevalent in eleven other colleges. [7] The colleges are as follows:

  • Alpha Chapter- St. John's University
  • Beta Chapter- University of South Florida
  • Gamma Chapter- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • NYC colony- Baruch College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Philadelphia Colony
  • Pace University
  • South Florida Colony
  • Florida State University
  • University of Tennessee

Be The Change

Recently at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Sigma Sigma Rho hosted a "Be The Change" program in Atlanta. [8] The organization is inspired by great leaders such as Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Princess Diana, and Nelson Mandela. The day promotes Mahatma Ghandi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Both the sisters Sigma Sigma Rho and brothers Sigma Beta Rho coordinated volunteer projects at various service sites within the city of Atlanta. The sorority hopes to tackle issues such as poverty, world hunger, environmental issues, and deprivation within education. In the past, the program has held events such as cleanups, environmental projects, tutoring projects, and voting registration. Their ultimate goal is to encourage and promote students to volunteer and partake in future community service throughout Atlanta. Events have been conducted through Orion School, Foundation for Hospital Art, Boys who D.A.R.E., Discovery Program, Project Open Hand, St. Francis' Table, Books For Africa, and Centennial Park.

At the Orion School, Sigma Sigma Rho is a major advocate of improving the educational and learning environment for the children. The school specializes in teaching ADHD children, ranging from the age of five to twelve. The Orion School has been a major site for the "Be the Change" program, and both the sorority and fraternity continues to help renovate the school. At the foundation for Hospital Art, volunteers help the hospital environment become a more homely place for it's patients. The organization decorates the walls and puts up artwork to make the hospital feel more at home. The Boys who D.A.R.E. program promotes literacy in young males who reside in the metro-Atlanta area. In this event, volunteers get a chance to assist children in reading and writing activities. The Discovery program is a free tutoring program held in Atlanta for little children, and the tutors mainly focus on reading and math. The Project Open Hand program initiates volunteers to package meals to send around to those who are not as fortunate living in Atlanta, while the St. Francis' Table is a program similar to a soup kitchen. Books for Africa promotes students to send their used books over to students in Africa, and Centennial Park project promotes cleaning up the park and replanting the park and shrubbery area every year. Supporting organizations that have sponsored for this program include Delta Phi Lambda, Qurbani, Society of Step, Ramblin' Raas, Youth Outreach, Nazaaqat, Alpha Phi Omega, Omega Phi Alpha, GTPDS, Circle K, India Club, and Xi Kappa.[citation needed]

Quotes

"Qayamat Tak!"

The sorority runs on the words "Qayamat Tak!". Qayamat literally means "the day of judgement" and the word is derived from Urdu from the Arabic word 'Qiyamah'. "Qiyamah" also has the same literal connotation. "Qayamat Tak" as a whole means "bringing hearts together from one calamity to the next". [9]

"I respect Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. SO MUCH not because we want a "BOND" with them like other organizations have, but because I love what the organization stands for and what they do for the community." ~ Suntzu 1963, Member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. [10]

"Mann [Mind]. Atman [Soul]. Dharam [Servitude]... Together They Are One. We Will Not Fall. Forever We Are One."~ Sigma Sigma Rho [11]

"One Mind. One Soul. One Purpose. One Love" ~ Sigma Sigma Rho [12]

"Although we are a South Asian based sorority, we are not limited to or exclusive to south asians. We welcome any woman to our family with open arms. We are a diverse and strong group of women who have developed more than just life-long friendships but a bond of sisterhood. We are women united to work together for educational, charitable, cultural and social purposes. The essence of sisterhood is a feeling of belonging – a combination of love, friendship, and companionship. It is a bond of trust that allows for an exchange of ideas and concerns through our mind, body, and soul. We, as women of the South Asian culture, have chosen each other to share a lifetime of sisterhood. We feel pride in saying, "this is my sister." "Mann...Atman...Dharam, together they are One, we will not Fall... Forever we are one." ~Sigma Sigma Rho in St. John's University [13]

Symbols

Original Badge: The original badge of Sigma Sigma Rho shows two hands joining around a picture of the world. It also portrays the white rose, which is the rose of the sorority. The book shown represents honor and scholar. [14]
Sigma Sigma Rho
Second Badge: The second badge of Sigma Sigma Rho shows the three Greek letters of the Sorority, along with the year the sorority was established. The letters represent Sisterhood, Society, and Remembrance, which is explained when the girl first pledges into the sorority. [15]
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Beat The Heat!

On August 24th, 2010, Sigma Sigma Rho hosted a "Beat The Heat" event with Rita's Icecream. [16] The event lasted for two days, and it was held at the student center. Students stopped by for a cool refreshment from the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. All proceeds went towards India Club's Run for Hope, which was a drive fighting against cancer. The event was hosted right after Fall 2010's recruitment as an introductory event.

References

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