Portfolio: Active Members

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Jeanine Abuahmad

Soror Jeanine Abuahmad, born in Houston, Texas and raised in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, defines multiculturalism. She says “Being from two different cultures (Mexican-American and Palestinian) and moving overseas opened my mind to new experiences and diverse people. And while I never dreamed of joining a sorority, Zeta Sigma Chi has allowed me to continue to learn about my world and embrace every aspect of it.”

“I happened to be training for a new job with a very eloquent, thoughtful,passionate, funny, and extremely intelligent RADIANT lady (Soror Erica King) as my mentor. When she wore her letters to work one day, I was shocked that she was in a sorority, as I had only heard negative things about Greek life thus far. She quickly broke it down for me, what her ‘sisterhood’ meant to her, and the following semester crossed into the Land of Peach and Black. I learned to open my mind to a sisterhood filled with supportive and incredible women like my pledge mother, I learned to live radiantly and put my best foot forward all while keeping my letters in mind.”

“Since I crossed, I have been in every position of the sorority and I have served them with zeal and experience is the best teacher! I accepted an award for highest GPA as a chapter at the Founder’s Ball in Chicago and at a banquet in May of this year, so I know my sisters are doing their part in living up to SUCCESS in education, and that has been the greatest honor. I learned the importance of time management, how to network on campus, how to connect with other Greeks and non-Greeks, and ultimately, I learned that the dedication of 8 great women in Illinois and every Radiant Lady thereafter has allowed this organization to thrive and become as beautiful as it is today.”

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Soror Alexandra Mills

Soror Alexandra Mills from UMBC is a Gender and Women’s Studies major, which means she does a lot of thinking and reading about gender, race, class, sexuality, and a multitude of other dimensions of difference in relation to power, society, and life.

Alexandra says “I couldn’t wait to experience life as a sister and to contribute to our growth and continued success as an organization. I was immensely proud of myself and my line sisters, and I was hopeful for what the future would bring. I am immensely passionate about being a Z-Chi and I love and believe in everything that we stand for, and I constantly endeavor for us to reach new heights. (As a chapter president) My role is to help lead us further along the path of excellence by making sure that each sister is a leader in their own right, and that we maintain our bond as sisters while still succeeding as a chapter.” Outside of being a Z-Chi, Alexandra is also committed to public service, having been actively involved with Oxfam America, an international development organization that seeks to develop lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice.

“I have made my very best friends in this organization, friendships which I know will last a lifetime. Being a member of this extraordinary sisterhood has truly enriched my undergraduate experience and my life as a whole. I thank our wonderful Mommy Chi’s who had the vision to make this organization a reality and all the remarkable women who came after them whose commitment made us who we are today.”

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Soror Brittany Reyes

Soror Brittany Reyes of Xi Chapter has been involved with community service for as long as she remembers. Her family jokes that she was active since she was in her stroller as her mom toted her to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. This summer, Brittany worked at two non-profit organizations. She served as the Development Intern at the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (CAIR) in Washington, D.C. and as the Communications Director at Secure the Call, located in Maryland. A typical day at CAIR for Brittany involves educating people about the unfair situations that immigrants are facing, particularly with a focus on immigrant children between the ages of 14 and 17. “The never-ending fight of social justice is who I am and everything I aim to achieve in life. It is the purpose and mission that gives me the never-ending encouragement to fight for what matters in this lifetime. I am just lucky enough to be surrounded by my sisters who will never show me anything but relentless support in my dreams.”

“The incredible thing about Zeta Sigma Chi is that we are a group of strong women all committed to the same values and beliefs in moral righteousness. The fact that we have such a strong ability to work together to affect the world we live within is a powerful tool. I never doubt that when I propose a question to any sister in any chapter – that not only can we figure out a way to make a change – we will discuss our abilities to encourage this change together.”