Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
In the early 1990s with the closing of a national Jewish sorority the University of California, Davis was left without a Jewish women's social organization. Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national Jewish fraternity, urged the women of Davis to start a Jewish women's social organization of their own. With positive response from the campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi was formed.
The "Sigma" is meant to represent "sisters of" in honor of Alpha Epsilon Pi's contributions towards the formation of the sorority. Additionally Sigma is also the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet in Jewish tradition, the number 18 means chai (life).
The six women who founded the sorority; Alycia Seaman, Erin Glick, Leah Dansker, Rachel Rothfarb, Erin Barker, and Dana Miller are considered the eternal mothers of the sorority.
"The purpose of this organization shall be to promote unity, support, and a Jewish awareness, as well as to provide a Jewish experience for ourselves, our members, and the community as a whole. This organization is devoted to friendship, motivation, opportunity, leadership, and well-being."
The first season of MTV’s “Sorority Life” was filmed in the spring of 2002 on the UC Davis campus featuring members and pledges of ΣΑΕΠ. Through the airing of the show, ΣΑΕΠ began to expand across the country.
A national board was started in the summer of 2002 to oversee the expansion and growth of ΣΑΕΠ as a nationwide sorority. Currently, there are 7 alumnae members from different chapters voluntarily serving as the directors on the National Board. 2013-2014 National Board members are:
- Director of Operations: Hilary Stein
- Director of Membership: Jennifer Goldsmith
- Director of Expansion: Chayla Furlong
- Director of Finance: Ruth Feldman
- Director of Programming: Emily Wasson
- Director of Public Relations: Dawn Savage
- Director of Protocol: Adi Hanein
At the 2008 national convention, Cancer Schmancer was selected as the sorority's national philanthropy. In addition to the national philanthropy, some chapters also support local philanthropies.
In 2011 the National Board re-evaluated the national philanthropy and decided to move on to an organization that encompasses all of the philosophies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. American Jewish World Service was chosen.
- "About Us". Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi National Website. Retrieved February 3, 2010.