The word "Panhellenic" is a Greek word, meaning "all Greek," and is an organization comprised of all Greek Women. As soon as a woman becomes a new member in any of the four sororities, she also becomes a member of the Southwestern Panhellenic Association.
The governing body of the Association is the Panhellenic Council which is composed of a senior representative, along with a junior delegate from each sorority. This Council meets to make decisions regarding major policies and programs. The Council conducts the recruitment program and is responsible for coordinating the dates and rules for Panhellenic Recruitment.
What is the Purpose of Panhellenic?
At Southwestern University, the Panhellenic Council has many important purposes, not only does it serve as a link between the sororities on campus, but also between the campus and the office of the National Panhellenic Conference. Our primary purpose should be to provide a common ground for discussion, agreement, and compromise between all four member sororities in order to promote the continuance of the Greek system in general. Panhellenic can and should be the common ground on which all four groups can meet to air differences, work out differences, come up with solutions, and celebrate our strengths collaboratively.
What is the Panhellenic Creed?
We, as undergraduate members of Women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of 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 that shall guide our fraternity activities.
We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship 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.