It’s always great to join a sorority and allow yourself the opportunity to have sisters for life. But it is even better to truly be involved in your sorority as well. A position that is sometimes overlooked but plays an important role in sorority life is the New Member Educator.
The New Member Educator is the liaison between the new members and the chapter. They are responsible for implementing and monitoring the new member process and preparing the new members for initiation and eventually sisterhood. It is a position that may seem effortless but is in fact extremely difficult. It’s the one position in the sorority that gets to help mold the new members into sisters. Your role as the New Member Educator also gives you the chance to be a leader, because the new members will be looking up to you for guidance.
1. Prepare ahead of time.
Before you give the new members bids, make sure to fully plan out their new member process. Try to plan everything from the time they get their bids to the time they are initiated. If you take the time to plan in advance, it’s more likely that the girls will have a smooth and fun process.
2. Introduce your sisters.
It is your job to educate the new members and get them prepared to become sisters. But it is also important that they get the opportunity to meet and mingle with every sister. Have some of the sisters drop in on your meetings and introduce themselves so the new members are familiar with every sister.
3. Be understanding.
This is an entirely different experience than anything the new members have done before, so make sure that they can handle it. Make sure that they are able to balance Greek life as well as academic life. It is a big commitment, so encourage them and try to make them feel comfortable in any way you can.
4. Ask your sisters for help.
Although you may be the new member educator, it is a great idea to ask your sisters for help on how to run the new member process. Take experiences from different sisters as well as alumnae to ensure that the new members get everything they possibly can out of their process.
5. Don’t forget the history.
One of the biggest roles of the New Member Educator is to simply educate the new members about the sorority. Preparing them for sisterhood is great but it is more important to know the history of your organization. This will ensure a better future for your new members as well as your sorority. If the new members properly know and understand their history they are more likely to lead your organization in the right direction and help it grow.
If you are interested in helping make your Greek organization stronger by properly preparing your new members then this is the position for you. Not only will it help you brush up on what sisterhood is all about but it gives you the opportunity to help bring in sisters who will be there to help your organization continue to stay fabulous.