The gavel passed from one National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) organization to another with mutual respect and friendship on Oct. 24, 2015, in Irving, Texas. It is now my distinct honor to join the ranks of women who have preserved our freedom to form, expand and protect the sorority experience, which is the true essence of NPC.
Sororities have come under the increasing scrutiny of the media, universities, colleges and communities where they are hosted. We are at a crossroads in terms of our future reputation, and some believe, perhaps, even the existence of the fraternal membership experience. With courage and conviction, my platform for the next two years, we will confront our current challenges together and build for the future.
As your NPC chairman, I will focus on:
- Creating leadership training opportunities that strengthen character and skills to empower our young women.
- Promoting sorority role models who have displayed courage and conviction.
- Recognizing the notable acts of our collegiate members.
- Partnering with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and other umbrella organizations to promote respect and appropriate behavior embraced by all sororities and fraternities.
- Exploring new ways to make our partnerships with university administrations even stronger.
- Defending the sorority experience when attacked.
- Making the positive case for sorority membership, whenever and wherever possible.
It will take courage and conviction on my part and that of the entire NPC family to reestablish, but also reinforce, the positive relevance of sorority life. The issues we face cannot be resolved in a short period of time. We must continue to build on the foundation for change. In partnership with members of the NPC family, I will work collectively and collaboratively to ensure the preservation of the membership experience for generations of young women to follow. I am passionate about NPC, and together we will move from being successful toward being truly significant as the premier advocacy and support organization for the sorority experience.
Donna C. King