William & Mary

Tribe's Panhellenic Council a difference maker

William & Mary’s Panhellenic Council will receive the “Make a Difference” Award from the National Panhellenic Council at its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 15.

One of 15 college Panhellenic groups to be recognized, W&M will receive its award for its partnership with the Arc of Greater Williamsburg, a nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The council’s involvement resulted in increased volunteer participation with the organization – as much as 30 percent for a single event -- and a larger profile for the group’s Arc Carnival, which involved 331 members of the Greek community. To recruit more students, the council also created an explanatory video with personal stories to encourage voluntarism. In total, the council supports five events annually.
College Panhellenics, which are governance groups comprised of all sororities present on a campus, are recognized for leadership, progress, overall excellence, community service, philanthropy, public relations, risk management, recruitment and scholarship.
The National Panhellenic Council has recognized student Panhellenics with national awards for more than 50 years, and this year received 138 submissions from 48 colleges. The NPC is one of the nation’s largest organizations advocating for women, an umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities present on more than 600 college campuses.