Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT MAKES YOUR SORORITY MULTICULTURAL?
Our Founders saw a need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. Although part of their vision included creating a sisterhood that physically exemplifies multiculturalism, the primary goal was to bring together women who believe in the ideal of multiculturalism and want to promote multiculturalism in their everyday lives.
Theta Nu Xi explicitly seeks members with multicultural ideals and interests; we seek to use our Sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity.
WHAT ARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP?
An undergraduate applicant for membership must be enrolled full-time and working toward a bachelor's degree. They must have, at minimum, a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, and cannot be a member of any other collegiate fraternal organization except for a purely honorary, professional, or service organization.
CAN FRESHMEN JOIN THETA NU XI?
HOW LARGE IS YOUR CHAPTER? (WHY IS IT SO SMALL?)
Nationally, our undergraduate chapters average about 10 members and are restricted to no more than 30 members, which is consistent with most cultural Greek letter organizations. Our smaller chapter size enhances and preserves the experience of sisterhood. It allows each member to create lasting and tight-knit relationships. It is our belief that these relationships are integral to maintaining the quality and success of a diverse sisterhood. Our small size also enables each member to have opportunities to take leadership roles, which have a great influence on their futures.
DO YOU HAVE A HOUSE?
No, we do not have a house at WPI. Nationally, we do not have housing officially sanctioned or maintained by the Sorority. However, many of our members often live together (on or off campus) as a result of the close bonds we form.
WHAT IS YOUR PLEDGE PROCESS LIKE?
Similar to other Greek letter organizations, we keep our membership intake and initiation rituals private. The Sorority has a standard membership recruitment process and a membership education program during which new members learn about the history and values of Theta Nu Xi. New members will also participate in activities designed to cultivate the lasting bonds of sisterhood. The program is designed to provide women with the knowledge, skills, and support to develop their leadership skills and to contribute to the Sorority.
IS YOUR SORORITY A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION? WHICH GREEK GOVERNING COUNCIL DOES YOUR SORORITY BELONG TO?
Yes, Theta Nu Xi is a national sorority. Nationally, we are a member of the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC). At WPI, we are associate members of the National Panhellenic Conference, which means we attend Panhellenic meetings, have a voice and vote on most Panhellenic matters, and are required to follow some - but not all - Panhellenic rules on campus.
WHAT PURPOSE DOES YOUR SORORITY SERVE?
The objectives of Theta Nu Xi are to incorporate separate cultures into one life, to build self-esteem through sisterhood, to participate in service activities—especially those concerning diversity in the community, to encourage academic success and overall self-improvement, and to promote unity among fraternal organizations.
IS COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIRED?
Community service is a requirement of our members. Both our undergraduate and GAP chapters are required to complete a minimum number of service hours each year. Commitment to community service is something we expect of women interested in joining Theta Nu Xi.
WHAT IS GAP?
For sisters who wish to continue their active service as members of Theta Nu Xi, and for women who did not have the opportunity to join a sisterhood like ours as undergraduates, Theta Nu Xi offers membership through our GAP chapters. GAP is an acronym for Graduate, Alumnae and Professional. GAP initiates work alongside undergraduate chapter alumnae to promote our mission and tenets.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT RECRUITMENT?
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