All students who join a Whitman College sorority immediately become members of the Whitman College Panhellenic Association. By uniting together under one organization, the sororities are able to create a climate of unity and support among the four groups. Through Panhellenic, the Greek women increase their resources and are able to focus on issues of mutual concern such as sexual violence prevention, party safety and diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Panhellenic Association is led by the Executive Officers, comprised of women elected from each of the four sororities. The Council meets weekly throughout the academic year to plan activities and conduct business that is of mutual concern to the sororities. Philanthropy projects, scholarship desserts, public speakers, educational lectures, social functions, Greekend and membership recruitment are just a few of the many activities that Panhellenic coordinates each year.
Whitman Panhellenic Code of Ethics
We, the sorority women of Whitman College, promote service and character development within individual fraternity and Panhellenic activities. We encourage these through close interactions and intimate friendships. Together we commit ourselves to promoting the interests of the Greek system on this campus and in the greater community. All fraternities of Whitman College shall seek to foster exemplary behavior, academic excellence, social consciousness, mutual respect, trust and friendship.
The Sister Fund is a dues scholarship program implemented by Panhellenic in 2015 to assist new sorority members with their first year sorority dues. New members who join a sorority in the fall semester, are eligible to apply for a Sister Fund scholarship. Working in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office, Panhellenic strives to provide financial support to new members who have the highest need.
Each spring, we reach out to sorority alumnae via Whitman’s “All In” campaign asking them to dedicate a portion of their gift to Panhellenic. We also ask graduating senior Greek women to make a donation to the Sister Fund. Finally, Panhellenic holds fundraisers throughout the year to generate money for this fund. Each fall, Panhellenic awards all of the money raised in the previous year to new members and begins the fundraising process for the next year.
The National Panhellenic Creed
We, the undergraduate members of women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintaining fine standards and for serving to the best of our ability our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal which shall guide our fraternity activities. We, the fraternity women of America, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendships of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.
The 2019 Panhellenic Recruitment Schedule is under development and will be posted as soon as it is available.