Kappa Alpha Theta
My name is Sydney Sullivan and I am honored to be serving as Kappa Alpha Theta’s President this year. I have known I wanted to be a Panhellenic woman since I was a child because my mom met all of her best friends in her sorority. Because of this, I have grown up with extra non-biological moms who love and support me for who I am. I knew that I wanted to meet other women who would be my best friends for life, and that’s exactly what I found in Theta. While going through recruitment, my Rho Gamma gave me the most valuable piece of advice: Choose the house that you would feel safe and loved coming to after your absolute worst day. For me, that was one-thousand percent Theta.
The friends I found in Theta and I have seen each other through so much. From anxious freshmen participating in recruitment, to sophomores navigating college life during a pandemic, to juniors working hard to succeed in our classes, to almost-seniors looking forward to a year of excitement, we have truly made memories together. I feel confident that my college life would have been nowhere near as gratifying had I not met these women who appreciate me and challenge me every day. In my first year of Theta, I was elected the Academic Development Director, and became the Vice President Administration the year after. As junior year began, my friends encouraged me to apply for President, a role that I hadn’t even let myself dream of. They believed in me and saw me as a leader before I even recognized that quality in myself, and I will forever be grateful for that.
Through Theta, I have met my closest friends who are now my housemates. We lived together as sophomores and juniors and are now moving to a beautiful Oceanside house for our senior year! It truly feels like coming home when we all hang out together, cooking dinners, planning fun road trips, and hosting events. We are always excited to go participate in Theta events together like our painting sisterhood, our dynamic duos date party, our beach cleanups, and our annual Loved One’s Weekend. We could never run out of fun events to participate in, but we also really value the moments where we are studying together in our chapter house or having chapter dinner together.
What I love about Theta is not just how our members enact change in each other’s lives, but also how we work to make a positive change in the community around us. Our philanthropy is CASA, or the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. CASA is a national organization that supports court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. CASA volunteers are trained to become active members in the child’s life, getting to know them and the people around them in order to advocate for the child’s needs in court. These advocates become like family to the children they work with. The money that we raise through our philanthropy events, such as Kickball for CASA, goes directly to the Santa Barbara CASA. Because we send all of the money to a local chapter of CASA, we have gained a close relationship with them and have been able to impact the organization’s development in our community each year with our donations.
I am proud to be a Theta and to stand by such an amazing group of leading women. Above all else, I am proud of the acceptance and inclusion that each member of Theta strives to share. When I joined Theta, I was immediately welcomed as a queer woman and have found a diverse group of sisters committed to loving each other across identity factors. My hope is that Theta feels like this welcoming home for everyone who joins us. I know that I have found my lifelong friendships here, and I hope you find the same.
Theta love and mine,
Gamma Rho Chapter, Kappa Alpha Theta
Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
House Capacity: 42
New Member Fees (Fall/Winter/Spring): $820/$716/$716
Live In Member Dues (Fall/Winter/Spring): $4,525/$4,341/$4,341
Live Out Member Dues (Fall/Winter/Spring): $820/$636/$636
New Member Costs Include: Includes active dues, chapter dinner, national and local panhellenic fees, facility usage fee, and new member fee (fall only), and empty bed fee (Additional note: New members will have to pay 4 installments of $125 over their course of being a member, these are “facility fees” and will likely start the quarter after a new member joins)
Live In Member Costs Include: Includes active dues, national and local Panhellenic fees, per capita fee (Fall only)
Live Out Member Costs Include: Includes active dues, chapter dinner, national and local Panhellenic fees, facility usage fee, per capita fee (Fall only), and empty bed fee
Payment Methods: Billhighway - Check, eCheck, Credit/Debit card
Payment Plans: Quarterly or Monthly