Phi Sigma Sigma Discontinues Special Consideration for Legacies During Membership Recruitment
Phi Sigma Sigma, Inc. is proud to share changes to our membership recruitment policy, discontinuing the special considerations extended to legacies. This marks one small step on our larger reevaluation of the structural, internalized, institutional and interpersonal practices that create barriers for women to join and and share in a meaningful sisterhood experience.
Prior to this change, a legacy, defined as the daughter, sister, niece or granddaughter of a Phi Sigma Sigma, must be accorded special consideration as a courtesy. Despite the varied interpretation of special considerations across our chapters, continuing to offer any preferential treatment perpetuates and upholds a system of privilege within our membership and does not meet our responsibility to promote inclusivity. We believe this change provides an opportunity to reflect the expectations that our Founders sought, when they created the first non-sectarian sorority, allowing women of different faiths to come together and share in the bonds of sisterhood. In reflection, this is a long overdue. As we continue to examine and assess all of our practices, we hope that our Founders' vision will continue to serve as our organizational compass.
We recognize there is a special bond for alumnae who are able to share their sisterhood with a family member. The change to our policy does not negate this shared experience or its significance, but instead allows us the opportunity to make Phi Sigma Sigma more accessible to all women who seek sisterhood and share our values.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does this start?
This change is effective immediately in anticipation of fall recruitment.
Does this mean I'm not a legacy anymore?
The policy does not change anyone's identity as a legacy. Though all potential new members are now given the same consideration during recruitment, current members can celebrate with their legacies who join Phi Sigma Sigma at initiation and through other events throughout both of their memberships.
As an alumna member, why shouldn't my daughter be extended special consideration during recruitment?