Organzation Spotlight: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Five members (starting left to right): Britany Bowmens, Imani Anderson, Star Robertson, Tysha Slaughter, and Erika Viva-Ramos

Taken: March 21, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a new series that the Eastern Progress is starting in order to showcase any clubs and organizations on campus for students to possibly join.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (SGRho | Rho Psi) at Eastern Kentucky University is a Greek life sorority under the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) on campus. 

The NPHC is the national governing and coordinating council for the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, often referred to as the Divine Nine.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc was founded on Nov. 12, 1922. The Rho Psi Eastern Kentucky University chapter was chartered on March 12, 2009. 

There have been no active SGRho’s on campus since 2011, until this past spring semester. The Rho Psi chapter now has five active members since the reactivation line. 

The mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S and globally through community service, civil and social action. 

Imani Anderson, current president of Rho Psi, commented that “Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.”

Continuing with “we value sisterhood, respect, honesty, accountability, integrity, excellence, and communication,” Anderson said. 

Rho Psi focuses mostly on educational-based projects. 

Anderson explained that “what this means is while we give back to the community there is usually some type of educational benefit to everything we do. We were founded by seven school teachers and feel that it is important to always incorporate our roots into our service.”

Rho Psi would like to have events such as hosting some study tables, some donation drives and health talks to act as a safe place for information that will allow them to gain knowledge.

Erika Viva-Ramos, current vice president and secretary of the Rho Psi chapter, expressed interest in wanting, “events that will further assist students here at EKU on being more confident in the classroom through their assignments and or class participation due to frequent use of remote learning, as well as health awareness events to help keep our community members and students at EKU healthy and up to date with COVID 19 protocols.”

The Rho Psi chapter’s goals this year are to reach as many community members and students as best as they can considering their service events will have to be done virtually due to having to follow the safety health protocols because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Viva-Ramos shared that, “We understand that this is different from what many of us are used to, but different doesn't mean impossible! This is just something we take and find the benefit from.”

The Rho Psi chapter is taking this virtual concept as not only a learning experience for the chapter to better improve events virtually by trial and error, but also they are taking this semester as a way to help community members and students get more comfortable with virtual events and will offer further assistance.

Anderson said, “I joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. because not only are we a sisterhood and committed to bettering our community but it just felt like the best fit for me. When I looked into SGRho their service projects, mission, and the epitome of who they are just meshed really well with the things I was looking for.”

If interested in the Rho Psi chapter, they will be hosting a virtual informational via Zoom, which students can register for through their Instagram page @rhopsi_poodles. As well as visiting their Engage Page and the national organization’s website sgrho1922.org

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