Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874 and found its way to American University in April 2016! Lambda Eta has brought together and empowered women who thrive individually and prosper together while holding close our values of loyalty, friendship, personal growth, and service.
The purpose of Sigma Kappa is to provide women with lifelong opportunities and support for personal development by bringing women together to positively impact their communities.
As sisters we push each other to become the best version of ourselves. We encourage each other by celebrating our differences and knowing that each one of us has something so special to offer: it's our uniqueness that makes our chapter beautiful. Sigma Kappa is a place where you can thrive academically, knowing your sisters are there encouraging you every step of the way. It's a place we can give back to the community and find that giving is so much better than receiving. Sigma Kappa is a place where you find sisters that will make you wonder how you have gone so long without knowing them.
It's a place where you experience an overwhelming sense of loyalty and encouragement from everyone around you. We know that college is a crucial time in our lives, and we are so thankful that we get to experience it with our sisters side by side every step of the way.
Sigma Kappa has five philanthropies which conveniently form the acronym SIGMA. These include The Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, and The Alzheimer's Association.
Each year, our chapter hosts events to raise money for our philanthropies.Three years ago on campus we launched our first UltraViolet campaign and in 2019 we had our first annual SigKapture the Flag event.
In April 2021, when we weren’t able to hold events in person due to COVID, we made sure to continue our philanthropic efforts virtually! We were able to hold a virtual workout session and wind down with Alpha Epsilon Phi to raise money for Inherit the Earth and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation.
We also participate annually in the Walk to end Alzheimer's on the national mall. In addition to our incredible five philanthropies, we make an effort to come out and support our fellow Greeks in their philanthropic events as well.
Hello! My name is Jessa and I am Junior majoring in History with minors in International Studies and Spanish here at AU. I am originally from right outside of Philadelphia, but I'm currently living in DC. In my time at American University, I have become a member of many organizations including choreographing for AU in Motion and DJ for the student radio station WVAU. In my time in Sigma Kappa I have served as Diversity and Inclusion chair, Vice President of Programming, and now as Chapter President.
My whole life, I have always been surrounded by women. Growing up as a dancer, and with 5 sisters of my own, it was important to me that I could find a female focused space on my college campus. As a freshman, I wanted to surround myself with like-minded women, women who had ambition, were academically focused, who worked hard at personal improvement, and that would encourage me to do the same. Going through recruitment, I was wary I would find what I was looking for, until I met the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa.
The women of our chapter embody our values of friendship, loyalty, service and personal growth. From how we've supported each other through the pandemic, to our commitment to our philanthropies, I am constantly impressed by how committed the women of our chapter are to our values. Sigma Kappa continues to defy expectations, not only academically, but in our professional and personal lives as well. Most significantly, these women help me to be the best version of myself. They hold me accountable, encourage me to take risks, and are always there to celebrate our achievements. The commitment I've seen to change from the individuals of our chapter truly embodies our value of personal growth. Our mystic bond is truly special.
In my time at Sigma Kappa, I have met the most incredible women. I urge you to explore our website and our social media, to get a glimpse into why this chapter holds such a special place in my heart. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me at any time, I'm happy to speak with anyone about our sisterhood!
Dues for Sigma Kappa are $522 for new members and $467 for initiated members in the fall and $612 for new members and $432 for initiated members in the Spring. Payment plans and scholarships are also available. Dues are significantly lower for online semesters.
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