By: May “Mosaic” Advincula, Editor-in-chief
Twenty-six National Pan-Hellenic Conference organizations began the month of March honoring their respective Greek affiliations by wearing badges or their letters. Celebrated March 1 by sorority women, the International Badge Day theme for this year was “Keep Your Fraternal Experience Close to your Heart.”
[Pictured above: Sisters at Georgia Institute of Technology show their Greek pride for International Badge Day.]
In celebration of diversity, the National Panhellenic Conference partnered with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, National Multicultural Greek Council, and the National Association of Latino Fraternal association. This year, the National APIA Pan-Hellenic Association was also invited to participate and Delta Phi Lambda sisters showed their support by wearing their crest and active pins.
The sisters of Grand Valley State University provided their “International Badge Day” experience:
Grand Valley came alive with colors Monday, March 1. Colors residing in the Greek letters splayed across shirts, bags and jackets as students represented their corresponding sororities.
[Pictured Above: Sisters of Grand Valley State University demonstrates their Greek Pride for International Badge Day.]
The fun was inspired by International Badge Day: an annual event developed by members of the National Panhellenic Conference as way for women of their conference to set aside time from their busy schedules, come together and honor their experience with Greek life. This year, the sororities of the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association, the National Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council threw their numbers into this day of commemoration causing the flood of Greek letters displayed across campus to be that much more diverse.
Grand Valley boasts 12 sororities across the various councils including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Sigma Kappa Sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon / Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., Phi Mu, Delta Zeta, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Sigma Theta and our very own Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Some women dressed in casual business attire sporting sorority pins on their shirts, winter coats or scarves while others went for casual clothing items such as sweatshirts or T-shirts that had their letters stitched on. Regardless of the style, the goal of pulling off a great display of unity among sororities of all councils was a definite success.