Circle of Sisterhood


This past Monday, all sorority women on campus had the pleasure of going to listen to a very special someone speak. Michelle Marchand Rebholz , an alumnus of Mount Union and member of Alpha Xi Delta, spoke about something very special she is doing now with her life. She’s a Greek life coordinator at Lehigh University. Michelle dedicates her time and talents to being a fraternity and sorority professional who has a passion for traveling, food, running and advocating for those in need.

Michelle came to Mount Union to introduce us to something called the “Circle of Sisterhood Foundation.” The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation was founded by a lady named Jennie Caroll. Jennie wanted to start this organization to bring all sorority women all over the world together in an effort to “pay it forward” and help the less fortunate and uneducated women of the world. Sororities help women every day by supporting their educational experiences and teaching them to give back to the campus and community through service and philanthropy. When Jennie started this foundation nearly a year ago (April 19, 2010), she had no idea how it would take off. “Educating girls is one of the most effective ways to get rid of poverty,” Michelle stated. Through this foundation, sorority women from all over are given the chance to make a difference in the lives of all women. Michelle told a story of a young girl names Sri Raff, who is a confident Cambodian teenager who was handed over to gangsters and sold into a brothel. A social worker eventually helped to save Sri and helped to give her an education so she could start her life over. If every sorority women contributes and does something, we could do things like that for women who suffer from oppression and poverty all over the world. After almost year of assistance, the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation has raised $20,000 and already approved several grants.Learn more about Michelle and what she is doing to support to the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. As Michelle wrapped up her speech to the sorority women of Mount Union, all she asked was that we try and do something and pay it forward. So as a sister of one the sororities here on campus, I know I will continue to give back and try and make a difference however I can because that’s what being in a sorority is all about. Michelle ended with a very famous quote and statement for all of us to reflect on: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” So I say to anyone, in sorority or not, make a change and pay it forward somehow.

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