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About Us

history

Humble Beginnings

On December 10, 1998, at St. Johns University in New York ten astounding women came together to form Sigma Sigma Rho, making it the first South Asian Interest Sorority on the East Coast.

On this date, our founding mothers established the humble beginnings of an organization that many sisters have since come to embrace and love. These women instilled the organization a sense of strength and purity.

They are the voice with a successful entrepreneurial endeavor that sisters will never cease to hear. They echo in Sigma Sigma Rho’s past and help to shape the organization’s future.

The vision of the founders remains in effect, as sisters build on their dreams and principles to create everlasting sisterhood and perpetual organization that is strong enough to test time.

Ten Founding Members

Tejal Kundaiker: Froggy #1 Payal Suchdev: Precious #2 Rinku (Sachdeva) Thomas: Princess #3 Priya (Sahani) Sood: Energizer #4 Vandana Kakwani-Pathak: Chatterbox #5
Sonia (Sharma) Wadhwa: Pebbles #6 Nisha (Rana) Diler: Pinky #7 Minna John: Iman #8 Lovleen Kandhari: Diesel #9 Eshna (Firoz) Kalam: Bugs #10

 

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Epsilon Chapter History

On January 27, 2007 FIVE women came together to establish Sigma Sigma Rho at the University of Georgia.
  • Ms. Melissa Patel
  • Mrs. Pallak Manocha
  • Ms. Felicia Boodram
  • Ms. Nirali Naik
  • Mrs. Bina Duggal
On June 15, 2010 the University of Georgia Colony officially recognized as the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Major Accomplishments of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. at UGA

  • Second highest GPA in entire Multicultural Greek Council 2013-14
  • 2nd place at Sugar-Free Bowl 2011 hosted by Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Raised over $1,000 for Peace Place Women’s Shelter during Sigma for Society 2016
  • Most Social Organization Award of 2012
  • Most Outstanding Leader Award of 2012, 2016
  • Only organization from the Multicultural Greek Council to be represented on “The Odyssey,” the primary Greek publication on campus
  • Only organization from the Multicultural Greek Council selected to be in Freshmen Greek Council
  • Only South Asian based sorority represented on Sophomores Leaders Circle and Greek Ambassadors Program
  • Crowned first place at the First, Second, and Fourth Annual Ms. Red Black and Green Pageant hosted by Sigma Beta Rho Multicultural Fraternity, Inc.
  • Award Winning Stroll Team at APIA Competition, MGC Showcase, and LSU Stroll Competition
  • Awarded Best Active Chapter Photos/Most Photogenic Chapter 2016
  • Winners of 2016 ASR Couple’s Pageant
  • Awarded Most Philanthropy Dollars Raised at National Convention 2016
  • Awarded first place at the 2016 and 2017 Multicultural Greek Council Showcase Competition
  • Awarded Best Alumnae Relations at National Convention 2017
  • Awarded President of the Year at National Convention 2017
  • Awarded Sister of the Year at National Convention 2017

Our Ideals

Here at the University of Georgia, our sisters take pride in being the first South Asian Interest Sorority on campus. Our letters, Sigma Sigma Rho stands for our pillars: Sisterhood, Society, and Remembrance. They echo in everything we do.
Through these ideals the sisterhood of our sorority hopes to serve both the South Asian community and the greater community at large on and off our campuses, strengthen our sisterhood, and break down ethnic and cultural barriers that would otherwise keep sisters apart.
Our Colors: Royal Blue, Black, and Silver
Our Flower: The White Rose
Our Mascot: The Black Mare

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Our first letter, SIGMA, represents Sisterhood.

Sigma Sigma Rho not only celebrates sisterhood amongst women of South Asian descent, but also the combined unity of sisters from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Together, all of the sisters of Sigma Sigma Rho nationwide join to form a sorority unlike any other.

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Our second letter, SIGMA, represents Society.

Sigma Sigma Rho believes in the importance of cooperating with service organizations that strive for similar goals. Sigma Sigma Rho volunteers in many different ways to give back to the community. The national philanthropy is specifically aimed towards helping women affected by domestic violence.

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Our last letter, RHO, represents REMEMBRANCE.

Sigma Sigma Rho embraces the cultural ancestries from which its members descended and strives to carry out the voices of our ancestors in society today. Sigma Sigma Rho educates its members based upon the values and traditions of South Asian culture.

 

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Service Events We Participate In

  • Heel The Soul
  • Project Sigma
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Partnership Walk
  • Aids Walk
  • Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society
  • Athens Homeless Shelter
  • Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
  • India Run for Hope
  • National Gandhi Day
  • Project Safe
  • Halloween Fair at St. Mary’s
  • Hospital for Diabetic Children-Card making for nursing homes
  • Rock Haiti
  • UGA Haiti Relief
  • Cemetery Clean Up
  • Clarke Central High School
  • ASHA for Education
  • Oasis
  • Office of Violence Prevention

Chapters

stjohns

Alpha Chapter

St. Johns University
New York, New York

tampa

Beta Chapter

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

rutgers

Gamma Chapter

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

baruch

Delta Chapter

Baruch University
New York, New York

uga

Epsilon Chapter

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

pace

Zeta Chapter

Pace University
New York, New York

utk

Eta Chapter

University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee

gsu

Theta Chapter

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia

uh

Iota Chapter

University of Houston
Houston, Texas

uab

Kappa Chapter

University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

um

Lambda Chapter

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

psu

Mu Chapter

Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

gt

Nu Chapter

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Colonies

  • Kennesaw State University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Lamar University
  • University of Texas-Dallas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Florida
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Eastern Carolina University
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • The College of New Jersey
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • George Washington University
  • Eastern Tennessee State University
  • Mercer University

Epsilon Chapter embraces a strong alumni network providing an immense amount of advice and professional opportunities for our undergraduate sisters.

Corporations our Alumnae are/have been affiliated with:

  • Accenture
  • Barclays Capital
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Citigroup
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Enterprise
  • Ernst and Young
  • Geico
  • Genovese Pharmacy
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Interpublic Group
  • Inventive Health
  • KPMG
  • Lippincott Williams Wilkins
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MTV Tr3s
  • Montifiore Medical Center
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Moxie
  • Nature’s Formulary
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Northside Hospital
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Only Natural Inc.
  • PaineWebber
  • Pifzer Inc.
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Sehani’s Insurance
  • Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • Shark Entertainment

Executive Board

Fall 2017 Executive Board

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

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President

Nicole Patel

Email: infinity@sigmasigmarho.com

Responsibilities:

  1. MGC Chairs
  2. National Relations
  3. Chapter Management
Shikha

Vice President of Finance

Shikha Patel

Email: sangria@sigmasigmarho.com

Responsibilities:

  1. Fundraising Chairs
  2. Chapter Finances
Maria

Internal Vice President

Maria Ahmed

Email: scorcher@sigmasigmarho.com

Responsibilities:

  1. Philanthropy Chairs
  2. Community Service
  3. Secular Focus
  4. Internal Relations
Ami Exec

External Vice President

Ami Patel

Email: infiltrate@sigmasigmarho.com

Responsibilities:

  1. Rush Chairs
  2. Social Chairs
  3. External Relations

 

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Vice President of Operations

Ambica Patel

Email: temptation@sigmasigmarho.com

Responsibilities:

  1. Sisterhood Chairs
  2. Historians
  3. Booking
  4. Record-keeping

Active Chapter

Fall 2017 Active Chapter

“Individually unique, together complete.”

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Rush

  1. Divya Sukumar: intoxicate@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Nidhi Patel: relapse@sigmasigmarho.com
  3. Prashani Samaraweera: militia@sigmasigmarho.com
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Fundraising

  1. Rajvi Dave: partition@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Niki Gella: desertreign@sigmasigmarho.com
  3. Enishka Bagati: tanqueray@sigmasigmarho.com
  4. Pooja Javeri: eximious@sigmasigmarho.com
  5. Jyoti Chavda: confession@sigmasigmarho.com
  6. Prashani Samaraweera: militia@sigmasigmarho.com
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Multicultural Greek Council

  1. Rajvi Dave: partition@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Enishka Bagati: tanqueray@sigmasigmarho.com

 

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Philanthropy

 

  1. Nidhi Patel: relapse@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Niki Gella: desertreign@sigmasigmarho.com
  3. Anjali Patel: arcadia@sigmasigmarho.com
  4. Jyoti Chavda: confession@sigmasigmarho.com
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Sisterhood

  1. Nalini Birbal:  counterfeit@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Rajvi Dave: partition@sigmasigmarho.com
  3. Anjali Patel: arcadia@sigmasigmarho.com
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Social

  1. Pooja Javeri: eximious@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Natasha Dhannani: hennessy@sigmasigmarho.com
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Stroll Captains

  1. Nalini Birbal: counterfeit@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Ambica Patel: temptation@sigmasigmarho.com

 

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Historians

  1. Nidhi Patel: relapse@sigmasigmarho.com
  2. Enishka Bagati: tanqueray@sigmasigmarho.com
  3. Prashani Samaraweera: militia@sigmasigmarho.com

 

Sisters

Rush

Interested in joining the first South Asian based sorority on campus? Fill out our interest form to stay up to date and receive more information!

In Order to receive a bid from the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Sigma Rho Inc. you must attend a certain amount of events. To find out more about our current Rush Schedule please contact our Sisters or directly e-mail our current External Vice President: infiltrate@sigmasigmarho.com

Thank you!

Parents FAQ

Q: What is the purpose of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Incorporated?

A: Sigma Sigma Rhos purpose is to promote awareness of the South Asian culture in our community while encompassing three fundamental principles of Sisterhood, Society, and Remembrance. The sisters of Sigma Sigma Rho provide guidance, support and experience for each other, helping pave the road to a successful future in academic, personal and career goals and achievements. This sisterhood provides a network of support for individuals aspiring to become experienced leaders in their community.

Q: Is there a GPA requirement?

A: Yes. Nationally, Sigma Sigma Rho requires a minimum of a 2.3 GPA to be considered for membership and to stay active within the organization. Please note that this is just our bare minimum requirement and a vast majority of our members proudly excel beyond this standard.

Q: Does hazing/ragging take place in your organization?

A: Sigma Sigma Rho is a strictly non-hazing organization, and will never subject its new members to physical or mental harm, illegal activity, consumption of alcohol or other drugs, or degrading and humiliating acts.

Q: Is it expensive to be part of your organization?

A: Every organization comes with its financial responsibilities and we encourage our members to be aware of national and chapter dues before joining. Sigma Sigma Rho is quite affordable and dues go to services and events that will positively impact your child. Our chapters provide payment plans that can be arranged.

Q: What is my role as a parent?

A: Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your daughter as she meets people through the recruitment/intake process. Encourage and support your child. Our members will be more than happy to tell her and you about our sorority.

Non-Hazing Policy

Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority Inc. policy with respect to hazing prohibits any active and alumna member from engaging collectively or individually in initiating a new member in the new member education process. All current and prospective members have the right to be treated with respect. These rights are enforced by punishing violations of the Sorority’s policies and procedures. Sigma Sigma Sorority Inc. reaffirmed its total opposition to hazing with implementing a mandatory anti-hazing policy and the implementation of new procedures to identify, investigate and punish incidents.

Hazing will not be tolerated in any form.Definition of Hazing HAZING DEFINED – any willful, intentional, knowing or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, wherein a sister promotes or facilitates acts directed against a new member, which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a new member for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, or maintaining membership in Sigma Sigma Sorority, Inc.

This list is intended to provide examples of hazing. As it is impossible to anticipate every situation that could involve hazing, this list should not be considered to be all-inclusive. For clarification of this hazing policy and what activities are included, contact the National Vice President of Membership.

  • Any type of physical activity, such as calisthenics not specifically directed toward constructive work or includes sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, irrational scavenger hunts;
  • Any activity consuming food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug or other substance which subjects the new member to an unreasonable risk of harm;
  • The wearing or carrying of any embarrassing, degrading or physically burdensome article;
  • Lineups for the purpose of interrogating (including yelling), demeaning or intimidating;
  • Any type of servitude that is of personal benefit to the individual members;
  • Psychological hazing, which is defined as any act or peer pressure which is likely to:
    1. compromise the dignity of the new member affiliated with the organization,
    2. cause embarrassment or shame to the new member affiliated with the organization,
    3. cause a new member affiliated to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule.
Hazing Policy Violations

Any sister, both active and alumna, who participates in, supports or condones the practice of hazing may face disciplinary action by the National Council. Any individual or chapter violation of Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. anti-hazing policy will result in suspension, expulsion or revocation of the chapter’s charter. A fine may also be imposed.

Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. recognizes that hazing is crime in each state where the organization is established. Conduct associated with hazing is not only subject to discipline by local, state and federal authorities, but is also subject to individual group members (and their parents), group leaders, advisors, the organization, and national affiliates being sued.

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