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Greek Life at Whitman College
Greek Life Purpose Statement:
We believe in the power of the Greek community to foster personal excellence. We will develop organizations that empower our members to be agents of change creating safe, supportive, and inclusive environments, which enhance the Whitman experience.
Started in 2014 as the Greek Sexual Violence Prevention (Greek SVP) discussion group, GAP has evolved into a group that focuses on sexual violence prevention, education and response/referral. GAP continues to focus on system-wide sexual violence prevention discussion topics that impact the entire Greek system, while also hosting film screenings, forums, research/surveys and trainings on campus and community resources. Based on the success of GAP, the college is now hosting two additional peer groups to focus on sexual assault prevent including ACE for athletes and REP for non-affiliated students.
Each November, the eight Greek groups participate in an annual review process called the "Award for Excellence." This is a 3-part process that begins with each chapter completing a self-evaluation on eleven areas of chapter programming including:
Academic Excellence, Alumni Relations, Chapter Management, Community Service, College Relations, Educational Programming, Finances, Membership Recruitment, New Member Educations, Panhellenic and IFC Participation, and Social Responsibility.
Once the self-evaluation is completed and submitted, a group of faculty and staff review the application and then host an interview with each chapter, to clarify the information included in the application and ask reflective questions. The application is then scored against the award criteria and each chapter receives recognition in categories in which they have met or exceeded the award criteria.
The final aspect of the annual Award for Excellence is the specific feedback given to the incoming new chapter officers in January, so they can use the work of their predecessors to make leadership decisions for that year.
Order of Omega is a national Greek honorary that recognizes Greek students in fraternities and sororities that have achieved academic excellence, provided significant chapter leadership and invested themselves in community service. Each May, the 15 Greek juniors who have demonstrated the strongest scholarship, leadership and service are selected to membership in the Order of Omega.