The Center for Student Involvement has announced that the new sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, will be joining campus this spring. Sigma Gamma Rho is a Black Greek letter organization a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).
Currently at Missouri Western State University, there are two sororities part of the NPHC that are active on campus: Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Justin McMillan, student development director, feels that this new sorority is a great way for people to connect.
“We would love to have more sororities and fraternities come to campus to give our students the options to increase their involvement and engagement on campus,” McMillan said.
The pandemic has made student activities difficult around the country, but many organizations have worked hard to get creative.
“Due to national rules and regulation policies Greek life cannot do any in-person activities, only virtual. However our organizations are still moving and are still active on campus. They are still meeting and having events,” McMillan said.
Sigma Gamma Rho has several national programs such as Operation Big Bookbag, an operation designed to address the needs, challenges and issues to school aged children who are educationally at risk and to local homeless shelters and extended care facilities.
Another program Sigma Gamma Rho is involved with is The Women's Wellness Initiative, which is a consolidated effort that allows chapters to focus on the health issues that impact women in the community.
A major program Sigma Gamma Rho is involved with is Project CRADLE Care, a prenatal education and resource program that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities. Their goal is to increase the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care and who better understand proper infant care and child development.
“This organization makes an impact on the quality of life of children who are born prematurely,” McMillan said.
Lastly, another program Sigma Gamma Rho is part of is Swim 1922 in partnership with USA swimming. This was created to address the unfortunate truth that according to the CDC, approximately 10 people drown every day in the USA. 77% of African American children and 60% of Hispanic children in the U.S. do not know how to swim. Swim 1922 campaign aims to address the disparity by having olympians and members of the sorority teach them about water safety and how to swim.
Since Sigma Gamma Rho will be joining campus this spring, recruitment for this sorority is different than most.
“MPHC does recruitment totally different. MPHC doesn't do recruitment through the entire fall, they have more informationals and they will have one next Saturday, February 13 2021, virtually at 10 a.m.,” McMillan said.
The mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civi and social action.